Originally Posted by ftsagm
... a stabilizer is different than a regulator i'm guessing...
Coenen kind of touched on this, but I'd just like to elaborate. The Stabilizer actually IS a regulator. It's just the name Palmer has given it, due to the way it "stabilizes" the inherently variant pressure of CO2.
And as Coenen said, the Stabilizer is arguably the very best regulator on the market for CO2. There are better HPA regs, but for pressure compensating CO2 compatibility, there are none better.
The type of help (again, as Coenen was describing) you give the Stabilizer, be it X-chamber or A/S, kind of depends on whether you plan on running a remote or not. Really, if you do run remote, there's no need for either since the bottle is held upright.