Monster Power any good?

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  1. Matt Parnell

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    In relation to my previous thread about my preamp's noise floor, I'm strongly considering getting a power conditioner. I've heard good/bad about Monster Power, but there's another factor in my case...I am able to buy any in the line for 60% off MSRP, which is a *significant* push towards buying one.
    I'm looking at the following three models:
    http://www.monstercable.com/power/pr...=1021&mixtype=
    http://www.monstercable.com/power/pr...=1317&mixtype=
    http://www.monstercable.com/power/pr...=1020&mixtype=
    I should add that the top one - the HTS3500 would be available for around $160.
    Any thoughts? I want something reliable that will handle a high current 5 channel HK amp in particular. Thanks again guys...
     
  2. ricky ho

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    hey matt
    i can't comment on the ones you listed. i use the hts 5100. i have 7 100w/mono-blocks and my sub plugged into the main amp outlet. this outlet is set to switched on after delay. no problems. [​IMG]
     
  3. Dave Dahl

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    It seems that with that kind of mark off you must work for a Monster Cable dealer. I would think that you already have enough information to make your decision.

    -Dave
     
  4. Matt Parnell

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    Dave,

    I don't, but a family member does. I don't have access to any more info than anybody else.

    Personally I think most of Monster Cable is overpriced and overrated. If these things turn out to be unreliable, even the discount isn't worth it and I'll go for Panamax or something (though it'd be WAY more expensive).
     
  5. ling_w

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    The only worthy one is the HTPS7000, which has balanced power output. Balanced power gets rid of all the buzz, hum and whatever line noise there is without using any of the clamping filters. If you can get that at 60% off, then it would definitely be a steal.
     
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    At that price, I would probably go with the 3500. You might find more info on these in the Tweaks forum. Personally, I am using a Panamax 4300 right now, and while it did reduce my noise floor some, it was not dramatic. I was more interested in protection. It was actually recently put to the test with a major power outage, and everything came through fine.
    As was noted in your other post, this may just be a "feature" of that particular H/K, and might not be simple to get rid of.
    For a decent price on Panamax - Power Systems
     
  7. Bill Kane

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    Matt,
    Ling is looking at Monster's new, top-of-the-line HTPS7000 at $1150 which does give BALANCED POWER (that's good) as well as powerful SURGE PROTECTION all in one package. This is a POWER CONDITIONER. But it's a space-hogging bear-- as big and heavy as the larger Rotel amplifiers and 5inches high. And it may have to be special ordered.
    For the price, I'd jump at the Monster HTS3500 MKII, rated 1800watt and 2775 Joules. This unit was redesigned last year. This is mainly just a surge protector and power center, not a "power conditioner." Monster says it's equivalent to Panamax MAX5100. I would expect its noise floor operation to be along the lines of John Garcia's experience w/ his Panamax unit, posted above.
    Lots to think about...
     
  8. Matt Parnell

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    Bill, is that Monster HTS3500 MKII the same unit as the first one in my links? I don't see any on Monster's site that have the MKII designation.
    Only problem with getting the good deal is it takes several weeks for delivery (don't know why?). Hopefully I'll have it before I get back up to my college dorm in late August. The power in those places is awful.
    Any other recommendations for a sub-$200 range power conditioner (or whatever I should call it)? I know it's a pitiful budget, but I still have other expenses this summer, including a Paradigm PW-2200 and CC-370 to complete my home theater [​IMG]
    EDIT - One more question. One of the main things I want to do is eliminate hum from dimmable low voltage track lighting on the same circuit (yes I know it's not ideal, but rewiring the room isn't an option). Will this do that? I get quite a noticable buzz from the toroidal transformer in my amp currently when I have the lights dimmed. Thanks again.
     
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  10. Dan Cabral

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    I have the HTS3500, and while it does make for a convenient way to localize all of the outlets, I didn't notice a significant difference between before I had it hooked up and after, whether it was video or audio.

    Of course, I haven't had the best setup hooked up to it so far.

    However, it could potentially be something like I had with DSS, where I saw a difference in the picture quality, but nothing jaw dropping. Then, a month later, I went over to my parents house, and their picture (cable) was beyond grainy; very fuzzy, and no detail.

    Who knows? I could hook up my equipment when I get the new room setup, and not plug it into the HTS3500 and notice a serious decrease in quality all around. Of course, I may still not notice a difference.
     
  11. Matt Parnell

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    Bill (and others),

    Thanks for the info. Looks like I'm not going to get exactly what I want unless I spend $1000+, which I most certainly don't want to. My system is good, but not worth that cost. I've got the Signature 2.1 amp and 2.0 preamp, Toshiba SD-3108 DVD, 27" Panasonic TV, Paradigm Monitor 9's, PW-2200 sub & CC-370 (soon to be bought) and Bose 201's (rears).

    The dorm power isn't *that* bad. Usually the worst is Microwaves, and that's really only a voltage drop issue. Most residents have a "home theater" that consists of a 19" TV & a Best Buy shelf system. Not big power draws. My dorm has air conditioning (in window models), so the electrical has been upgraded to support high current draws anyhow. We have up to 3 shared breakers per room.

    That Monster HTS3500 for $160 will probably be more than sufficient (considering my price range). As long as it's a quality built unit (which was basically my original question).

    What are your thoughts of the APC Line-R 1250 VA? It would boost and cut voltage, much like that Tripp Lite you cited.
     
  12. Dan Cabral

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    Matt> I have to say that the HTS3500 IS solid and sturdy. But essentially, it's a huge power brick, so I can't see that there would be many places where they could skimp and make it flimsy.
     
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    Since the PS audio units were not that feasible for me and most people wanting to hook up a whole system I turned to balanced power as the next best alternative for power conditioning that is until I saw this
    Which does correct the sagging and clipped waveform coming from the wall all without converting to DC and re-ocillating thus being much smaller and probably much more effecient. I think this has got to be the best reasonable solution out there.
     
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    Counterpoint...
    I had the 3500 for about three weeks and found the following in my system: Video signal improved ever so slightly. Soundstage narrowed a bit and overall sound seemed a tad veiled. Maybe my ears were just too conditioned to "before" the 3500 to adjust. Maybe it was just me in my room with my equipment - and maybe the effect would be more positive for you in your system. FWIW.

    P.S. Sold the 3500 and bought a Niles IPC-12. Very happy.
     
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    Monster makes OK products, but if you're serious about AC power conditioning, check out:
    1) http://www.psaudio.com/articles/power_conditioners.asp
    Most "filters" like Monster, Adcom, Panamax, etc, can actually *add* distortion to you AC line.
    2) http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/maste...ditioners.html
    "Secrets" is a great place to look for reviews of AC power conditioners that actually work.
    3) Balanced power is one of the best ways to clean up your AC. Check out units by Equi=Tech, Furman, Balanced Power Technologies, and Smart. You can find a lot of info on balanced power in general on the home web sites of those companies.
    4) By the way, even Monster themselves have discovered the benefits of balanced power: PowerSource HTPS7000.
     
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