Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

verb
verb Posts: 10,162
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 SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,432
  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,838
    In with 103 cuz eye kant rede gud.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,162
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • aiconn
    aiconn Registered User Posts: 277
    I wanna be frustrated too! In with 44.
    PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamp
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  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,320
    I wouldn't use the BT functionality anyway, so why not, in with 24. Nice karma!
  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,838
    verb wrote: »
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • TNTsTunes
    TNTsTunes Posts: 751
    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."

  • verb
    verb Posts: 10,162
    nbrowser wrote: »
    Great karma! In with One Hundred Thirty Three and a Third!

    You're in @nbrowser !
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    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 10,777
    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.
  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,423
    I’ll give it a shot. In with 42.

    Thanks.
    2 Channel
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    Vintage
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  • teekay0007
    teekay0007 Posts: 2,289
    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?

  • FestYboy
    FestYboy Posts: 3,861
    In, I'll stick with 74 please
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,503
    in with 62
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  • mlistens03
    mlistens03 Posts: 2,767
    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!
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 15,396
    In with 22

    thanks!!
  • Dabutcher
    Dabutcher Posts: 2,467
    In with 45. Great Karma. Peace. D
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  • Willow
    Willow Posts: 10,602
    Nice, I'll try my luck with 97
    TV room- 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, Signal Dig Coax, Signal Cable Magic Power Cables x3, Samsung QN75Q7DR Qled 75" tv, Harmony 1100, Sony BDP-S6200, Marantz DV-4200 (as Transport), Cambridge Audio DAC Magic100, Monster 3600MKII, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox 360 Family room Samsung 55JS7000 Android Mi Box3 and Apple TV, Polk Magnifi Max. - Pool /Gazebo Yamaha RX-A1010, Polk Patio 25x4, Rotel RDV 1045 (as CDP) MIT AVT3 ICs - Work - Spotify Premium, Neutron App or Amazon Music to my FiiO Kunlun into my Grado SR125e

  • Legender
    Legender Posts: 478
    Willing to try this. Nice karma... in with 53
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  • muncybob
    muncybob Posts: 2,737
    In with 11!
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • Manticore
    Manticore Posts: 408
    In please with 64. Nice karma!
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  • stangman67
    stangman67 Posts: 1,754
    In with 77!
    2 Channel - 2 Channel in my home attic/bar/man cave

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  • Jimbo18
    Jimbo18 Posts: 2,276
    Not in, but nice karma.
  • codycatalist
    codycatalist Posts: 2,662
    Holy crapoli. In with 33. AWESOME Karma, I gave away an amp once on here but it was a meh solid state piece.
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

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  • scubalab
    scubalab Posts: 3,063
    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!
  • muncybob
    muncybob Posts: 2,737
    Since 11 as already taken I'm in with 56(I hope).
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500A(indoor sound) and HCA1000(outdoor sound), Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Marantz UD7007, modded Polk SDA 2B, Rythmik L12 sub.
  • mrbiron
    mrbiron Posts: 5,707
    90?
    Where’s the KABOOM?!?! There’s supposed to be an Earth shattering KABOOM!!!
  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,766
    Not in....nice karma though. I might hang around this thread for amusement....might be kinda cool to see what speakers get wasted with this tube driven toaster. :)
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