|Monster HTPS 7000 Home Theater Reference Power Source|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2005|
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Movies and Music
Placing the technical jargon aside, let me move on to discovering whether the Monster Home Theater Reference PowerSource really works. The major elements of my reference system include Paradigm Signature S8 loudspeakers, an Anthem AVM30 preamp, an Anthem A5 amplifier and a Marantz DV9500 universal DVD player.
Rush’s Chronicles (Mercury), one of the first CDs I bought, to this moment still gives me flashbacks to my Beavis and Butthead days gone by. Thankfully, I am over smashing mailboxes and trying to set everything in sight ablaze. In “Bastille Day,” Alex Lifeson’s mix of acoustic and electric guitar possessed more energy with each note played. At the same time, I found more space between notes, resulting in them being more distinct in sound. Grain was removed from the usually raspy shrills that have always seemed to come from Geddy Lee’s voice on my old system. The cleaned-up version of Lee’s voice was apparent in “Closer to the Heart” during the beginning of the song, when his voice is more naked and separated from other instruments. Sounds from Neil Peart’s intense demonstration of his percussion skills were now realized to be intentional rather than the result of a poor recording. This lowering of the noise floor vastly improved my appreciation for the drum master’s skills.
Crossing from classic rock to the alternative rock genre is the self-titled Korn album (Epic). The angry lyrics of Jonathan Davis remind me to be grateful for having non-abusive parents. The thumping and pounding of the bass guitar in “Ball Tongue” seemed to gain more depth and impact with the addition of the HTPS7000 integrated into my system. The drum has more snap in “Predictable,” evolving from a metal on metal clang to a more pleasant crashing sound.
Even after listening to just a few tracks, it is obvious that you do not need an advanced degree in psychoacoustics to hear the vast improvements of power correction in a home theater system. With the sound enhanced, the next test was to look for any visual refinements with my Panasonic LCD projector. “The Italian Job” (Paramount Home Entertainment) amazed me with all the new details that came to life, especially when the thieves are preparing for the next heist. The abundance of fine lines in the technical CAD drawings showed renewed clarity and a lack of jagged edges. This refinement was also apparent during the dinner scene where individual blonde hairs could be seen on Stella’s head as she quickly released that Steve had figured out she was the daughter of the man he killed. Not forgetting the audible side of things, the high revving whines of the three Mini Coopers never sounded more lifelike as they speed down the Los Angeles aqueducts.
“Knockaround Guys” (New Line Home Entertainment) begins with a dreary scene on the streets of New York City. On the way to face to the man who put his father in jail, Matty is driven through a dimly lit street, with a variety of shades of dark colors. The different degrees of black are more alive with the HTPS7000 integrated into my video system. Despite the known weakness of LCD-based projectors at reproducing blacks and seeing distinct images within the darkness, new clarity to these images was evident in the new configuration. Seeing trees instead of dark blurry blobs is always welcome enhancement to my system. Logos on storefront window signs can be made out as the car passes by them. It was almost like the Army Special Forces allowed me to borrow their night vision goggles while I watched the movie this time around. This was a fantastic result.
The HTPS7000 is a great product, no question. I did find some things annoying, like the abundance of bright indicator lights. It was a little too flashy for my otherwise minimalist system set-up. A dimmer feature can turn the big LED display off, which corrects most of the issue, but it would be nice to dim the very bright filter status lights, too. It is almost like Monster made them a little too bright, to the point where airplanes may try to land at your house in the event a local runway was closed.
Overall, my Paradigm Signature S8 loudspeakers and Anthem A5 amplifier electronics experienced some significant improvements in the midrange and low frequencies, much to my surprise. With an already refined sound, there is no way I am going to have a system without power correction again in my household. Vastly improved video performance with even my modest video set-up compounded the justification in adding the HTPS7000 to my collection of A/V gear. The addition of surge protection for power, cable TV and telephone was the icing on the cake. The ability to configure the delays for each of the outlet pairs was extremely helpful and ensured that I did not get any unwanted thumps when my equipment power up. I adamantly feel that if you can hear a difference between crappy cables and good cables, noticing the improvements due to power correction will be a snap. If you have a significant investment in your home theater system, don’t cripple it by giving it noisy power. After all, you would not drive your Lamborghini Murcielago on 87 octane gas and $79 tires. The Monster HTPS7000 is certainly an exceptional system at a reasonable price that solves many of today’s ugliest AV power problems.