Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    edited April 14
    I mean it actually sounds decent. A bit anemic on the bass and a bit shrill/harsh on the highs, but it sounds better than I thought it would.

    Just not sure if I can actually tolerate it's nasty **** stench.

    Edit: Also the fact that you can't use with any standard line-level sources like a CDP that outputs at 2v or whatever is pretty lame.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    Ok so an hour of listening later, I hate to say it, but it doesn't sound half bad.

    Just playing files off my phone, but this would be a cool setup for someone's garage, etc. As long as you're cool with using a source like a phone with a variable volume output so you don't overload it and get the static. It would've been nice if they put in a simple muting relay so it didn't make a static pop through the speakers when you turned it on. I guess all the budget went to add Bluetooth to it instead.

    That being said it still stinks to high heaven and I'm pretty sure whatever odor it's releasing is cancerous.

    So with that glowing endorsement, does anyone who didn't get "lucky" and win this Karma still want it?
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  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,033
    Clipdat wrote: »
    ...as soon as the signal comes in, even with the volume knob turned down, there's a ton of static crackling. If I turn up the volume knob, I can hear the music behind the crackling and it sounds OK but there's just tons of almost constant static crackles over top of the sound.


    And you thought you had to spend a fortune to get that sweet vinyl experience!


  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Ok so an hour of listening later, I hate to say it, but it doesn't sound half bad.

    Just playing files off my phone, but this would be a cool setup for someone's garage, etc. As long as you're cool with using a source like a phone with a variable volume output so you don't overload it and get the static. It would've been nice if they put in a simple muting relay so it didn't make a static pop through the speakers when you turned it on. I guess all the budget went to add Bluetooth to it instead.

    That being said it still stinks to high heaven and I'm pretty sure whatever odor it's releasing is cancerous.

    So with that glowing endorsement, does anyone who didn't get "lucky" and win this Karma still want it?

    Is this item Underwriters Labs (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    Hah! I sincerely doubt it. I just took a look at it, it's box, and the manual I don't see any references to UL or CSA.

    The only thing it has is a FCC ID number because it has Bluetooth.

    Anyway this is boxed back up now!
    nbrowser wrote: »
    Is this item Underwriters Labs (UL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved?

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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    If your electrical product has this logo on it...

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    The certification to get it is TOUGHER than a UL rating...we don't like things burning homes down up this way. :)
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,539
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    Viking64 wrote: »
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    Oh yeah, that was right next to the other logo! :smile:
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    My suggestion - FWIW - dont' buy a toy.
    If you want something along the lines of SE KT88, maybe consider something like this instead.


    http://www.decware.com/newsite/TORIIJR.html
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    If there is anybody amongst us esteemed Polkies, that could get that Monoprice to sing, I believe it is @mhardy6647 ! What do you say professor? Up for a challenge? :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    edited April 14
    I think the issue is the input gain structure of the RCA "CD" input is too high. Maybe there's a way to reduce it with a resistor or something.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    verb wrote: »
    If there is anybody amongst us esteemed Polkies, that could get that Monoprice to sing, I believe it is @mhardy6647 ! What do you say professor? Up for a challenge? :smile:

    I suspect it's chockablock with soiled state gimcrack inside; that stuff gives me the heebie-jeebies.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    If there is anybody amongst us esteemed Polkies, that could get that Monoprice to sing, I believe it is @mhardy6647 ! What do you say professor? Up for a challenge? :smile:

    I suspect it's chockablock with soiled state gimcrack inside; that stuff gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    Travelling Karma here we go! :smile:
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    I'd be willin to give it a shot but that means international shipment, etc. USPS recommended...cheaper and can do the docs...lol
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    Karma has befallen our Canadian brother! Drew I'm in! :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    It's yours if you want it, I'll cover the USPS shipping.
    nbrowser wrote: »
    I'd be willin to give it a shot but that means international shipment, etc. USPS recommended...cheaper and can do the docs...lol

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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,723
    nbrowser wrote: »
    I'd be willin to give it a shot but that means international shipment, etc. USPS recommended...cheaper and can do the docs...lol

    I guess we’ll know where to look when the forests start on fire this summer.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,603
    This song probably Rocks on that little guy

    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    nbrowser wrote: »
    I'd be willin to give it a shot but that means international shipment, etc. USPS recommended...cheaper and can do the docs...lol

    I guess we’ll know where to look when the forests start on fire this summer.

    Naw...that’ll be the the stupid protesters in the lower mainland..nudge nudge wink wink and I support AB.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    I just looked up the USPS shipping terms and conditions for shipping things to Canada, and it says anything hazardous or flammable isn't allowed. Sorry @nbrowser.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,045
    Right then. If ever there was a time for smuggling...
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,045
    ... It's not now.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,016
    Wait so there is another karma? Two karmas in one post. Didn’t expect that.
    I also didn’t expect @clipdat ‘s house to still be standing at this point, but I guess I was wrong on that one too. :lol:
    2 channel
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    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
    sure it has a flat response, and sure it has a lot of detail, and yes, it has good and clear lows. But is it enjoyable to listen to? Does it make you grin ear to ear? That’s what really matters.
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I just looked up the USPS shipping terms and conditions for shipping things to Canada, and it says anything hazardous or flammable isn't allowed. Sorry @nbrowser.

    It's safe to ship...as long as no electrical pixies are present...it's in a stable condition. Inert would be a word I'd use lol.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    A second Karma is in the works. Details are currently being worked out.
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    Wait so there is another karma? Two karmas in one post. Didn’t expect that.
    I also didn’t expect @clipdat ‘s house to still be standing at this point, but I guess I was wrong on that one too. :lol:

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