First off, obligatory picture:
Ok, my thoughts...
Pretty sweet unit. Everything was packed fairly well, and I'm very impressed by the power cord on this thing! It seriously looks like Monster has a huge spool of this somewhere and uses it for power cables as well. Also, the front faceplate is beastly, I'm a huge fan of the aluminum and it looks very nice. It's hard to believe I got this unit for $165. After I browsed through the manual to make sure I knew what the difference between the timed, switched, and unswitched outlets were, I set everything up.
First test was for the background with no music playing. Hmm, this is much better! There is definately a blacker background, so we're off to a good start. However, my mood changes.
WTF. Why are the incoming volts fluctuating from 119 to 124? Is this normal? I'm not happy, but I'll wait to make any serious accusations against the power that the wonderful city of Pittsburgh is suppling me
Anyways, I then put on some music and became happy once again. While it was hard to pinpoint exact differences (and I'm still having a hard time), the sound has definately changed. I haven't changed anything in my setup for a while, so I figured that I'd be able to pick out any differences fairly easily. I will echo what PsychoZX stated pertaining to the bass though. It has a different "ring" to it, but I can't pinpoint it. I think what I'm hearing is just a cleaner sound because of the cleaner power.
In conclusion. This unit is a steal
Of course, that's just one mans opinion, so please...try it for yourself!