I would listen to it with your amp plugged in to the conditioner for about 2 weeks. Then unplugged the amp from the conditioner and plug the amp into the wall and listen to it and see which you prefer.
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Drew> I have the same setup ie dedicated circuit and HTS 2000. I added the HTS 2000 prior to the circuit and I have never thought my system sounded better because of it. However I don't think it has degraded the sound either. I have plugged my amp into wall and conditioner and can't hear any significant difference either way. For me the biggest improvement was the addition of a dedicated circuit. I have my amp plugged into the wall because concensus says that is the way to do it (plus when I put it back in the rack the last time it was easier to reach than the conditioner).
As to whether you are fooling yourself, I think probably no more than I am fooling myself for believing the concensus of what is in vogue at the moment. And with summer coming and the thunder and lightning starting to come you might see a post by me saying "My amp is fried. Was I fooling myself by not having the good common sense to plug my amp into my surge protector?" I guess that's why they call us audiophools
Depends on the power conditioner and the time of year. My amps generally sound better at all times plugged into my Burmester line conditioner, which was not the case with the line conditioners I had before, but they always sounded better running through any of the line conditioners I have used during the summer months--for obvious reasons.
The thing to remember is if 1/2 of your system is plugged into a power conditioner, and there is a component plugged directly into the wall -- you are not protected from lightening on any of the components. You also have no warranty from the protection device manufacturer unless all of the connected components are connected to the conditioner.
BTW, I also have a Monster HTS2000 and I really haven't noticed enough of a difference to warrant not plugging into it vs. the wall outlet.
Thank you all for your responses. The only reason why I am plugging the amplifier into the Monster HTS2000 is because it is the only place that I can plug it into due to the inflexibility of the power cord. It just so happened that I thought I heard a dynamic difference. This may very well be that the new power cord is providing that difference. What I will do is run this for two weeks and then use the original power cord plugged into the wall and see if I hear a difference.
Hi Drew; Two observations: 1. If you really want to, Synergistic Research could put a right angle plug on your SR-MC for a reasonable price (if that would help?). 2. The Monster HTS 2000 was very well reviewed in TAS (I think), and they noted virtually no coloration(s) or loss of dynamics with the unit.
I use a Monster 1000 HTS for accessories, but plug all my main components directly into ded. outlets, but then I live in an area with little lightening problem. Good Luck. Craig.
AC power is an area many audiophiles don't pay enough attention to. I have found that the most effective solution is to have an electrician install a dedicated copper feeder cable to a new distribution box in your room. From there, you can install as many circuits as you need for each component. This is over-building, but you can't argue with the improvement in your sound and images. Manufacturers of conditioners and power-cords won't like me for telling you this. If you live in a high-rise, this may not be easy. Spread out your power demands to as many circuits as you can. Make your own extention/power cords using large gage conductors and high quality components. Follow your electrical code.