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Top pic is of my humble "reference" system. I have read in other forums where Monster AVS2000 and HTPS7000 owners get a lot of grief. I look beyond the labels and trust my ears. The way I see it, these were designed by Richard Marsh of Marsh Sound Design, Demian Martin and Rick Fryer of Spectral. So if these three talented audio designers combined forces to create state of the art power conditioning (for period technology), Monster had  the resources to manufacture, retail and service the end product. The improvements from the power conditioning were significant in terms of convincing harmonics, natural decay of sounds and relaxed accurate pitch associated with accurate speed from components with moving parts: CD player, HTPC with spinning hard drive, SOTA and Project TTs, not to mention DVD, Bluray and 4k Bluray players. It also improved the performance of my Classe preamp, and flat screens. The power amps have non-current limiting conditioners and are not connected to the Monster products. I am still awaiting to replace the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC with a Bryston BDA-3. Parts are backordered and Canadian factory employee physical distancing restrictions have just about stalled production and delivery.

2nd pic is what I refer to my "Elegant bedroom system", Lol! I do my laundry and ironing there and can enjoy watching movies, or listening to music to make these tedious chores more enjoyable.

Cheers!

Boom Boom

aka Robert

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On 8/28/2021 at 7:13 PM, Boom Boom said:

Top pic is of my humble "reference" system. I have read in other forums where Monster AVS2000 and HTPS7000 owners get a lot of grief. I look beyond the labels and trust my ears. The way I see it, these were designed by Richard Marsh of Marsh Sound Design, Demian Martin and Rick Fryer of Spectral. So if these three talented audio designers combined forces to create state of the art power conditioning (for period technology), Monster had  the resources to manufacture, retail and service the end product. The improvements from the power conditioning were significant in terms of convincing harmonics, natural decay of sounds and relaxed accurate pitch associated with accurate speed from components with moving parts: CD player, HTPC with spinning hard drive, SOTA and Project TTs, not to mention DVD, Bluray and 4k Bluray players. It also improved the performance of my Classe preamp, and flat screens. The power amps have non-current limiting conditioners and are not connected to the Monster products. I am still awaiting to replace the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC with a Bryston BDA-3. Parts are backordered and Canadian factory employee physical distancing restrictions have just about stalled production and delivery.

2nd pic is what I refer to my "Elegant bedroom system", Lol! I do my laundry and ironing there and can enjoy watching movies, or listening to music to make these tedious chores more enjoyable.

Cheers!

Boom Boom

aka Robert

Thanks Robert.  Great looking system. I live Richard Marsh’s designs. My old dealer carries his stuff. He made some great electronics for the cost. Kind of like Belles today. As far as monster cables, the original ones were invented by Bruce Brissom of now MIT fame. He rewired my old Quicksilver Silver monos as well as my full function Quick pre. What a killer sound that was. 

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Latest Upgrade.

It has 48 hours of break in. The bass response is starting to awaken. Know not to do any critical listening until it reaches the 100 hour mark. Already it's apparent the PCM reproduction is in a different league.

I had my Bryston BDA-3 customized. They put blue LEDs instead of the standard green so it matches my Simaudio Moon W5 in the shelf below. Instead of amber for other DAC status communication the LED will glow magenta. I'm using HRS Nimbus system on both, also Shunyata Delta NR V2 power chords and Transparent Gen 6 Balanced MusicLink Super XLR interconnects. I like how the black components contrast the lighter Maple wood of my RigidRack cabinet.

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There are some stunning cabinets out there.  I LOVE the new Playback Designs Dream DAC's look.  Was told by the Vandy dealer in Ontario that he loves the sound of it.  He's like Richard in that he's a true analog guy, but I loved talking DAC's with him as I learned a ton.

I do gravitate to Black when I can get it, but it has to be done correctly.  A beautiful anodized dark grey can also be stunning.

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