Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

verbverb Posts: 8,007
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, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, 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, 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, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
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Comments

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,236
    In with 86.
    "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: 4,392
    In with 103 cuz eye kant rede gud.
  • verbverb Posts: 8,007
    Correction. Random number between 1-103! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, 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, 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, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 217
    I wanna be frustrated too! In with 44.
    Peachtree novaPre
    Parasound HCA-1000A
    Denon DVD 2910
    Polk Audio LSiM 703s
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,459
    I wouldn't use the BT functionality anyway, so why not, in with 24. Nice karma!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,392
    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: 8,007
    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, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, 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, 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, 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: 8,358
    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: 2,524
    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: 830
    I’ll give it a shot. In with 42.

    Thanks.
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    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
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    Living Room
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    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,154
    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: 3,737
    In, I'll stick with 74 please
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,681
    in with 62
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    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,639
    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!
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,274
    In with 22

    thanks!!
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 2,128
    In with 45. Great Karma. Peace. D
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,713
    Nice, I'll try my luck with 97
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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 478
    Willing to try this. Nice karma... in with 53
    Music: Oppo103 - Parasound JC2 - Parasound A21- SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Marantz 70005 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Cary 306 SACD - Canary Audio 906 - Pass Labs x250 - PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
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    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80, Polk Monitor 7, SVS SB13 Ultra
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,152
    In with 11!
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500, Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, Marantz UD7007, modded Polk SDA 2B.
  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 405
    In please with 64. Nice karma!
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,294
    In with 77!
    2 Channel - Major reduction complete

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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,161
    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, Roku Ultra, Furez 12-2.
    Bedroom - Sony STR DN850, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS400 center, Furez 10/2, Roku Ultra
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,557
    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: 2,815
    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: 2,152
    Since 11 as already taken I'm in with 56(I hope).
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
    Parasound HCA1500, Dynaco PAS4, Denon DP1200 w/Shure V15 Type V and Jico SAS stylus, Oppo BDP93, Marantz UD7007, modded Polk SDA 2B.
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 5,139
    90?
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