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  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    msg wrote: »
    ... It's not now.

    Are you a good swimmer? St Clair river is not that far across! :smile:
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,326
    nbrowser wrote: »
    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.

    Speaking of pixies: are you familiar with your canukian brethren, AvE and his hi-larious YouTube channel?
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    FestYboy wrote: »
    nbrowser wrote: »
    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.

    Speaking of pixies: are you familiar with your canukian brethren, AvE and his hi-larious YouTube channel?

    Oh you know it! AvE is right here in the wonderful hinterlands on British Columbia, he sometimes shops south of that thar border at the Hazard Fraud and knows how to handle himself like a 200Lb gorilla. Now what for you speak of the great AvE? You know I got the one ruler to rule them all!
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,326
    I was just regailed of his tellings of the functionality prospects of the non contact pixie detector. His home made version would be a top seller here in the states.
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    FestYboy wrote: »
    I was just regailed of his tellings of the functionality prospects of the non contact pixie detector. His home made version would be a top seller here in the states.

    Oh why for you talk about that thing in a vise device? :)
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,326
    That's the one! Or at least a close facsimile to the real thing. though the greater 2/3 may have something to say about it.
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    edited April 16
    FestYboy wrote: »
    That's the one! Or at least a close facsimile to the real thing. though the greater 2/3 may have something to say about it.

    You do know, reproductions are NEVER to scale with those things, right? It's like a fishin story...always stretchin the truth! lol
    Post edited by nbrowser on
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    nbrowser wrote: »
    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.

    perhaps metastable ;)

    on the bright side, at least there're no lithium-ion cells in it :)

    in seriousness, though...

    You should have fun with that box and report back on your findings when you... umm... find them. One is most curious.

    "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)
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,539
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,061
    This is like an audio hot potato game. Pass it around, first to draw flames is out. :)
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,016
    tonyb wrote: »
    This is like an audio hot potato game. Pass it around, first to draw flames is out. :)

    Hopefully not me :flushed:
    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
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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.
    Seen somewhere on AudioKarma (I think)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    This thread seems like such a good place to mention that Monoprice is apparently slapping their moniker on some other Chinese amplifier that is really, truly a vacuum tube amplifier.

    Lucky us.

    https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=109&cp_id=10919&cs_id=1091903&p_id=27222&seq=1&format=2&AID=11051853&PID=3696791&ref=cj&utm_source=cj&utm_medium=11051853&utm_term=Skimlinks-2617611

    as seen at: http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/so-monoprice-has-an-actual-tube-amp-now.820739

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    strictly FYI and FWIW. :|
    "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)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    That's a POS toy. Save up and buy a Decware instead FFS.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    This thread seems like such a good place to mention that Monoprice is apparently slapping their moniker on some other Chinese amplifier that is really, truly a vacuum tube amplifier.

    Got Dayens?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,539

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 9,835
    Clipdat wrote: »
    That's a POS toy. Save up and buy a Decware instead FFS.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    This thread seems like such a good place to mention that Monoprice is apparently slapping their moniker on some other Chinese amplifier that is really, truly a vacuum tube amplifier.

    Just what do you know about Decware?
  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    Clipdat wrote: »
    That's a POS toy. Save up and buy a Decware instead FFS.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    This thread seems like such a good place to mention that Monoprice is apparently slapping their moniker on some other Chinese amplifier that is really, truly a vacuum tube amplifier.

    I like Rachael :smile:
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    2CH: 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
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,430
    Doc has forgotten more about tube amps than most of us have ever known. I will go with his opinion on an item every day and twice on Sunday.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    The Decware stuff is OK. It used to be high-value, but most of Deckert's stuff has gotten expensive.

    I wouldn't waste time with that Monoprice thing, but it seemed interesting in the context of the legendarily dreadful hybrid thing (which has a long, long history under various brand names in different countries) -- with no offense meant to the original karmic grantor (as it was a very nice thing to do).

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/a-brand-new-tube-amp-for-under-100-nahhh.277066/
    "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
    That little fire starter is like a, well, bad penny, you never know! :smile:
    2CH: 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
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    I only know what I've read on their website, and that @mhardy6647 has recommended them to me in the past.

    Why are you so combative?
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Just what do you know about Decware?

    Got Dayens?
  • verbverb Posts: 2,570
    Update on the ongoing Monoprice saga!

    Today, after a long battle (at least a dozen e-mails) with Monoprice, they finally relented and decided to accept my return of the brand new amp that was Karma'd to @clipdat :smile:

    Technically, this is the 4th amp. The first 3, well, are documented in this thread. :smile:

    I'm happy that this saga didn't end in a puff of smoke. Happy Karma Drew! As soon as the new one arrives, I'll ship it out to you!

    As before, have the fire extinguisher close by! :smile:
    2CH: 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
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,045
    A leading tech blogs reports:
    "Monoprice lands in Chapter 7; doors closing end of May."
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,364
    edited May 23
    FOR REAL????

    I've been getting all kinds of emails and POP UP ADS on their subs and amps and stands and sales. And the sale items aren't clearance priced either. They just came out with those Monolith Amps to very good reviews too. Not GREAT but OK for the money I've read. The subs got OK reviews too.

    What gives?
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    I'm overrun with gear right now in my tiny apartment, much to my wife's annoyance. I've got no room for any more. Seriously, I'm on thin ice here.

    Once the replacement arrives, you should run another Karma thread for it. I've had my "fun".
    verb wrote: »
    Update on the ongoing Monoprice saga!

    Today, after a long battle (at least a dozen e-mails) with Monoprice, they finally relented and decided to accept my return of the brand new amp that was Karma'd to @clipdat :smile:

    Technically, this is the 4th amp. The first 3, well, are documented in this thread. :smile:

    I'm happy that this saga didn't end in a puff of smoke. Happy Karma Drew! As soon as the new one arrives, I'll ship it out to you!

    As before, have the fire extinguisher close by! :smile:

    Got Dayens?
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 9,835
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I only know what I've read on their website, and that @mhardy6647 has recommended them to me in the past.

    Why are you so combative?
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Just what do you know about Decware?

    Not combative you'll know when i am.
    Decware is local to me I've seen and talked to the guy. It was a legit question that is all.
    I'll roll with Doc in this. It's OK nothing I'd pay those kind of prices for.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,557
    Sorry, I thought you meant it dismissive like "What do YOU know about THEM?". My mistake.

    So you think their stuff is priced a little steep? I figured it was priced according to the quality and labor it takes to put them together. Just seems that made in USA stuff is getting pricier every day.
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Not combative you'll know when i am.
    Decware is local to me I've seen and talked to the guy. It was a legit question that is all.
    I'll roll with Doc in this. It's OK nothing I'd pay those kind of prices for.

    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    So -- and I can't believe I am typing this -- if no one else wants to investigate this interesting little product... I'd love to get a look at/listen to one. For strictly academic purposes, of course. :)

    I do not want it to dwell here permanently -- I have been the recipient of too much, too gracious Karma from Polk forum denizens over the years. But, in all seriousness, I'd enjoy giving one of these weird little amplifiers the once-over were the opportunity to present itself.

    I would then be happy to send it along to someone (anyone!) else, anywhere in the continental US. Heck, Alaska and Hawaii would be OK, too -- although I probably would draw the line at, say Guam, American Samoa, etc.

    "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)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,646
    msg wrote: »
    A leading tech blogs reports:
    "Monoprice lands in Chapter 7; doors closing end of May."

    I am guessing (?!?) this was a little joke on the cosmic irony of @verb's experience with the Amplifier from Heck ;)
    "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)
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,016
    Monoprice closing their doors? The world is much safer now.
    Are they actually closing? I would find that almost hard to believe. Almost.
    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
    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.
    Seen somewhere on AudioKarma (I think)
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