Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,217
    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.

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,669

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,069
    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: 4,447
    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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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,746
    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: 19,934
    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/
  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    That little fire starter is like a, well, bad penny, you never know! :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,217
    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?

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    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:
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  • msgmsg Posts: 4,370
    A leading tech blogs reports:
    "Monoprice lands in Chapter 7; doors closing end of May."
    I disabled signatures.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,806
    edited May 2018
    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: 5,217
    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:

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,069
    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: 5,217
    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.

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,934
    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.

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,934
    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 ;)
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,379
    Monoprice closing their doors? The world is much safer now.
    Are they actually closing? I would find that almost hard to believe. Almost.
    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'.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    That’s really too bad. Despite my horrible customer service. Seems like they may have grown too fast.

    @msg I couldn’t find anything on the bankruptcy. Any more details?
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  • John MegadethJohn Megadeth Posts: 2,070
    I've searched online, including on Monoprice's media page, and there's no mention of any bankruptcy.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,069
    fake news
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,370
    edited May 2018
    lol, holy crap, yeah guys, that was a joke!
    All Verb's returns? Costing them money?!?

    Note to self: Exercise discretion with use of deadpan delivery.
    I disabled signatures.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,806
    You had me thinking... >:)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 12,069
    msg wrote: »
    lol, holy crap, yeah guys, that was a joke!
    All Verb's returns? Costing them money?!?

    Note to self: Exercise discretion with use of deadpan delivery.

    got's to be careful Scott! the sheep get antsy:)
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,806
    edited May 2018
    I didn't want to lose my HDMI cable and speaker wire source. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    msg wrote: »
    lol, holy crap, yeah guys, that was a joke!
    All Verb's returns? Costing them money?!?

    Note to self: Exercise discretion with use of deadpan delivery.

    You got me dude! :smile:
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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • MarflyMarfly Posts: 61
    edited May 2018
    B)
  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    Update - The new replacement arrived today! This makes amp number 4!

    So, to honor @clipdat, the original winner of amp #3, per his recommendation, he has decided to Karma this BNIB beauty! Thanks Drew!

    I won't even bother to open up the box! Still sealed! :smile:

    As before, if you're interested, pick a number between 1-100. Random number generator will determine the winner Saturday night! No Russian intervention guaranteed! :smile:

    For @Viking64, and others, no numbers greater than 100, or less than 1 allowed, no fractional numbers, mathematical constants (such as pi), irrational, or imaginary numbers will be permitted! :smile:

    Happy Karma - Once again! :smile:

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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,669
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,447
    Viking64 wrote: »
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    Jimmy is in with 64! :smile:
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    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
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