"Good For your Studio, BUT NOT FOR LIVE SOUND!!!!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I have gone through three of these and I give up! The first time I bought one for a outdoor gig where I used a 6k Honda Inverter generator. The PRO 3500 outlets all shut down before the first set. Total watt draw was about 1800 watts at the time. We used a $12 Ace Hardware power strip and finished the gig. I sent the unit to Monster (their service is excellent for returns, RMA's, etc.) in San Rafael and received a brand new in-the-box replacement. I quickly used that one for another live gig (with commercial power) and that unit shut down as well. I became leary of them at that point and found out that many others shared the same dilemma. Nonetheless, I just got a new one back after returning the 2nd one and this one did the very same thing at my Relay For Life gig. Strike Three! Monster products are usually top-of-the-line and very well made. I just bought their "lesser" model 1000 Pro and I will give that a try. I need power protection and I need reliablility. I believe the 3500 PRO is over-circuited for live sound. Please respond if you have had similar or different experiences.
Overbuilt, quality is not the issue, Monster products are most typically excellent in design and construction. The 3500 is built too well for live sound. Do your research! I bought the PRO 1000 instead for live stage
Ease of Use:
Easy to use. I want protection and reliability in all venues, especially live, outdoor venues, period!
Built too well, good for studio, not for live sound
Monster support and returns is excellent. I returned 3 of them and got a new one each time without question.
I sure hope the Monster PRO 1000 fills my important need for a gigging power supply, conditioner, protector. The PRO 3500 does not....
The Wow Factor:
On the drawing board, the conception is wonderful and essential. In the field, it does not live up to the concept.
Works great in the studio, but I will leave it there and NEVER depend on the PRO 3500 in live sound situations.