So yesterday I get to ride in my brother's new truck and we head out to Best Buy. I had a stage two filtration system on my mind. I saw the Monster 3500 but settled for the Monster Powerbar 1100 because it has a trigger input that I wanted to use to power up my cd player from my receiver.
Well, first thing first, when I get home, the switched outlets are amp, receiver, and cd player. I didn't notice this at the store, but when I got home. So one needs the damn receiver to be on standby power to start up the sequence and turn on the cd player but since the receiver is on the switched outlet, it doesn't work this way..
Okay. So the cable video definitely improved on some channels I was having problems with "waviness" and just poor analog cable on some channels. Digital cable channels looked sharper. I liked this a lot. Definite improvement.
Now for the audio. I hooked up all my components in system one, Rotel receiver, amp, and cd player to the outlets on this thing. Turned it on and put in a cd... as I walked away I thought to myself sounds bright... but it will burn in. I was sitting here in my office for a couple of hours and thought it sounded like the bass was tighter so I go and listen. The music sounded different to me. Dull and dry. I felt imaging had collapsed and the music sounded veiled. I could tell the music background sounded darker but it seemed to be at the expense of detail. I turned off the system and went to bed for the night.
Today, I get home from work and turn the system back on. I'm listening again. Same thing; it sounds different and I don't like the way it sounds. The benefits of adding the Transparent interconnects seem to be gone. The microdetails are gone... music sounds muddier. So I unplug all of the audio components and plug them back into el cheapo Woods Technology surge protector I bought from Wal Mart. Well, all of the detail and spaciousness has returned. More detail and isolation of instruments in specefic parts of the soundstage instead of being smeared or muddied up with the Monster hooked up. Also it seems like the music is more dynamic without the monster hooked up. At the same volume level, the difference between the softest music and the loudest is greater.
I'm wondering what the deal is here. This was done on the LSi 15s which I got last week and seem to have broken in a lot faster than my LSi 9 did.
Is it just that the Monster Powerbar 1100 is just an entry level power conditioner? I mean stage two conditioning is stage two or is it? It definitely is quieter, but makes my system sound to dull for my tastes.
Anybody else have an experience like this? Should I allow for more burn in time? About 10 hrs so far..
Sorry for the long post but right now I'm kind of in shock. I have a lot of power failures in this neighborhood I'm in. So far no problems with equipment due to surges; looks like the cheapo surge protectors work just fine.