Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

verbverb Posts: 2,732
Not as great as LSAF karma, but a close second! :smiley:

I have a brand new Monoprice tube hybrid integrated amp! Tube pre, SS amp.

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13194

I will even pay for shipping to a lucky Polkster!

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Some history on this amp. This is my 3rd from Monoprice. The first 2 were covered under warranty.

The first, being tube ignorant, just thought is was cool. And cheap. I plugged it it, and poof! Smoke cloud, burning electrical smell (love it) and nothing. Dead. No worries, Monoprice has a pretty good return policy.

The second, ran ok, paired easily with my iPhone, used to push my TSI200s for a few months, no issues. About a month ago, the thing started humming loudly without any signal going into it, even at zero volume. WTH?

The third, I just got another replacement a few days ago, no return policy issues, they sent me a shipping label as before. I'll give it another spin. Now the bluetooth connectivity sucks! Phone keeps dropping. Lots of static, phone drops in and out. Did the usual troubleshooting, but did not want to break the chassis seal to void the warranty. Could it be as simple as a poor connection to the BT antenna! You'll have to let us know!

Lots of fun for you guys that love to pop the hood with an ohm meter and soldering gun in hand! Besides this gives me an excuse to jump into the SET rabbit hole! :smiley:

If interested, pick a number between 1-100. Drawing to be held this Saturday evening! :smiley:

Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,212
    In with 86.
    Got Dayens?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,799
    In with 103 cuz eye kant rede gud.
  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 78
    I wanna be frustrated too! In with 44.
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,871
    I wouldn't use the BT functionality anyway, so why not, in with 24. Nice karma!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,799
    verb wrote: »
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 754
    Awesome karma. In with 17.
    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • verbverb Posts: 2,732
    nbrowser wrote: »
    Great karma! In with One Hundred Thirty Three and a Third!

    You're in @nbrowser !
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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • John MegadethJohn Megadeth Posts: 1,900
    What the heck—in with 34!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,582
    In with 11.

    I have fire extinguishers close by. ;)

    If I win again, this might not be the best unit for me to listen to a tube amp in 40+ years again. If it works... :s :p

    Seriously, GREAT Karma item for sure. ;) B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,479
    In with 12. Want to build a rig for the kids room. Will pair this with a pair of Monitor 5s I'm refurbishing.
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    I’ll give it a shot. In with 42.

    Thanks.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,050
    Awesome karma, verb, very nice of you to offer it up!



    verb wrote: »
    The third, I just got another replacement a few days ago, no return policy issues, they sent me a shipping label as before. I'll give it another spin. Now the bluetooth connectivity sucks! Phone keeps dropping. Lots of static, phone drops in and out. Did the usual troubleshooting, but did not want to break the chassis seal to void the warranty. Could it be as simple as a poor connection to the BT antenna! You'll have to let us know!

    Will the winner of this handsome unit be able to return it if the Bluetooth connection is acting up? Is that shipping label only to be used by the original purchaser?

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,521
    In, I'll stick with 74 please
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,105
    in with 62
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,405
    In with 26, nice dude!
    Almost pulled the trigger on one of these a few times but never did because of all the supposed issues they have. But for free, I’ll take it!
    2 channel
    Speakers: Mission 770 Freedoms
    Integrated amp: Technics SU-v75 and matching tuner
    CDP: Technics SL-PC20
    Cables: Monoprice, Monster, Acoustic Research, and a few generic ones
    TT: Technics SL-3200, direct drive
    Cartridge: Shure M97xE

    Pc gaming setup
    Receiver/amp: Yamaha RX-V665
    Computer: Lenovo g50 (soon to be upgraded to a Dell Precision 690 which is far from stock!!)
    Interconnects: Amazon basics HDMI, Acoustic Research HDMI, Monoprice speaker cables
    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR75s

    Random equipment on standby:
    Onkyo TX-v940, JBL woofers and tweeters, single Klipsch KG .5, Yamaha guitar amplifier, Peavey Rage 158 guitar amplifier, Kicker comp 12” subwoofer, single Bose 802 series II, a whole bunch of 1”-3” full range drivers, Infinity Crescendo 3007s (on sale), Polk LSi25s
    txcoastal1 wrote: »

    You don't tell her you read the manual, and you tell her you know what the problem is, and you fixed it, because that what men do, fix things
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,781
    In with 22

    thanks!!
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,611
    In with 45. Great Karma. Peace. D
    MIT Magnum MH-750, Monster HTS 5100MKII, Mitsubishi rear projection 73, PS4, PSW505 , Sunfire Signature Grand 425 x 4, RTi12, FXiA6, CSiA6, SDA SRS 1.2, Pioneer Elite SC63 , Pioneer Elite BDP-05



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  • WillowWillow Posts: 8,995
    Nice, I'll try my luck with 97
    2Ch- B&W 703, SVS PB10 NSD, Marantz NR1607, Parasound 1500a, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Yellow) with Acrylic platter, Pro-Ject phono pre, MIT AVT 2 speaker cables, MIT AVT 1 and AVT 2 ICs, XLO Jumpers, Tributaries Optical, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung 55JS7000, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Rotel RDV 1045 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII and Android Mi Box3. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Neutron App to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • LegenderLegender Posts: 450
    Willing to try this. Nice karma... in with 53
    Music: Oppo103 - Parasound JC2 - Parasound A21- SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Marantz 70005 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Cary 306 SACD - Canary Audio 906 - Pass Labs x250 - PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
    Office: Dell Optiplex, Emotiva XDA-2, Adcom 5500, LSiM 703
    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80, Polk Monitor 7, SVS SB13 Ultra
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,831
    In with 11!
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500, Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, "upgraded" Polk SDA 2B.
  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 271
    In please with 64. Nice karma!
    Denon AVR X4200W
    Parasound HCA 1500A amplifier
    Adcom GFA 555 amplifier
    LG 65" Ultra HD4k
    LG 4kBR - UP970
    Denon DVM 4800
    Denon DP 3000 turntable
    Saec 308sx tonearm w/
    Dynavector 10x5 cart
    NAD pp 4 Phono Preamp
    MIT Avt3 Speaker c's
    Audio Quest Big Sur ic's
    Polk RTiA 7's
    Polk CSi A6
    Polk RTiA 3's
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Polk DSW PRO 440wi sub
    Infinity bu2 sub
    "The early Klingon gets the Gagh"
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 774
    In with 77!
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,757
    Not in, but nice karma.
    Modest HT - Pio Elite SC-63, RT800i, CS400i center, RT25i surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Samsung UBD-M7500.
    Even more modest Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS300 center, Furez 10/2, Roku Premiere+
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,433
    Holy crapoli. In with 33. AWESOME Karma, I gave away an amp once on here but it was a meh solid state piece.
    Living room

    Mains: Paradigm 90P
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12, Pioneer SW-8Mk2
    Power: Marantz SR7000
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved 4k

    2 Channel Den

    Mains: SDA2B Upgraded XOs and Binding Posts
    Pre: Denon PRA-1200
    Power: Adcom GFA-545
    TT: Pioneer PL510
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' 4K

    Noggin Rockin'

    Phillips L2
    Grado SE80
    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

    Closet of Dreams:

    Harman Kardon AVR130
    Yamaha HTR5590
    Polk RTA11TL
    Polk TSI200s
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
    Bravo V2/RCA Clear top Conn branded 12AU7
    Yamaha AV-34

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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,313
    Not in, but wonderful karma! I had one briefly, but had an issue with one of the channels. I returned it and opted to go a different route. But, I will say that this is a cool little integrated and the channel that did work actually sounded very good.

    Good karma to all!
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,709
    60 please
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,831
    Since 11 as already taken I'm in with 56(I hope).
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500, Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, "upgraded" Polk SDA 2B.
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 923
    In with 8.
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,785
    90?
    Zu Audio Omen MK-1B's, Peachtree Decco65, Bryston BDA-2, Cheap TT, PS Audio UPC200, PS Audio AC3's, Zu Mission SC's, HTPC, One, Bottlehead Reduction & Crack w/Speedball
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