Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

verbverb Posts: 10,203
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,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,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,PASS ACA 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: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
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
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,310
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,329
    In with 103 cuz eye kant rede gud.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,203
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,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,PASS ACA 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: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
    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
  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 270
    I wanna be frustrated too! In with 44.
    PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC/Preamp
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,715
    I wouldn't use the BT functionality anyway, so why not, in with 24. Nice karma!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,329
    verb wrote: »
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 756
    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: 10,203
    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,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,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,PASS ACA 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: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
    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
  • John MegadethJohn Megadeth Posts: 2,179
    What the heck—in with 34!
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,159
    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: 2,670
    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: 1,051
    I’ll give it a shot. In with 42.

    Thanks.
    2 Channel
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  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,237
    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: 3,857
    In, I'll stick with 74 please
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 4,054
    in with 62
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    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
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    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,750
    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!
    signature is in the spoiler window :)
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
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    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,513
    In with 22

    thanks!!
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 2,258
    In with 45. Great Karma. Peace. D
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 10,141
    Nice, I'll try my luck with 97
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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 478
    Willing to try this. Nice karma... in with 53
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,348
    In with 11!
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 408
    In please with 64. Nice karma!
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    Polk LSim 707
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    Polk RTiA 3's
    Polk 80F/X-RT
    Polk DSW PRO 440wi sub
    Infinity bu2 sub
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,329
    In with 77!
    2 Channel - Dual Purpose system in the works

    Polk LSIM707 I Polk LSIM 706C I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Marantz AV7707 I B&K Ref 200.7 I Rega P6 w/ Ania MC I Rega Fono MC I Audience Ohno ICs/Audience Forte F3 Power Chord/Acoustic Zen Satori I Cambridge 851N


  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,183
    Not in, but nice karma.
    HT - Pio Elite SC-63, Nuance Spatial 3S, Spatial Cen S, FXi50 surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Samsung UBD-M7500, Furez 12-2.
    Bedroom - Samsung UN50RU7200, Denon 2808ci, Monitor 5jr+ Series 2, Polk T30 center, Furez 10/2,
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,667
    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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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,935
    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!
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,348
    Since 11 as already taken I'm in with 56(I hope).
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500(indoor sound) and HCA1000(outdoor sound), Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, Marantz UD7007, modded Polk SDA 2B.
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 5,357
    90?
    “If your eyes didn’t water, it means I didn’t go deep enough” says the nurse administering my COVID19 test. She was sweet...
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