Elizabeth, First of all, it's good to see that you have such good taste in amps. I am a BIG fan of Nelson's "budget" models and find them to absolutely slay much more expensive competition. This includes some of his more recent designs also. As to the Monster / Adcom power line filters, my experience is with the ACE 515 and the HTS-2000. While i never attempted "piggy-backing" them in series the way that you did, i was able to form opinions of them as individual units. I was initially using the Monster and ran across a good deal on the Adcom, so i popped her into the system. Right off the bat, things sounded more musical. A little bit "richer", more texture and a bigger soundstage. BUT... i was now hearing "clicks" from light switches in other rooms being turned off or on whereas i had NEVER had anything like that happen with the Monster hooked up. Putting the Monster 2000 back into the system seemed to "choke" some of the music out of the system. It seemed like dynamics were somewhat squashed, there was a less involving sound, etc.. BUT it was quieter. When all was said and done, i don't have either of those in the system anymore. I've since gone to some power cords that seem to work better with less drawbacks than either of the two products mentioned. I should probably try replacing the stock cord on the Monster with one of my new ones just to see what would happen. For the record, i only ran source components and my preamp from the power line filters with the amps plugged directly into the wall. I knew someone would bring that up, so i figured i'd "cut to the chase".
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