Karma - Monoprice Fabulousness!

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  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,692
    Haha, nevermind this, Doc, I didn't realize that unit already has Bluetooth, dehr. Thought it was just a standard tube integrated.
    msg wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I wonder if I can figure out how to do something with the Bluetooth on it?
    Doc, when I was first getting set up, I picked up a couple of those Bluetooth receivers
    ...
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    There is nothing standard about this little beastie ;)

    So -- today I gritted my teeth and hooked it up to the Frankenaltecs.

    With really simple, really well recorded music -- it's not bad. A little bright, and without the depth of SE 2A3 on these loudspeakers -- but not bad.

    As soon as the music got a little complicated, it started to get two-dimensional and hard/glassy sounding. And very bright.

    Now, in fairness, the Frankenaltecs are adjusted for the "Simple 2A3" amp's behavior - - and that amp is doubtless rolled off in the treble... but the pairing of the Monoprice and the Frankenaltecs really isn't a propitious one. It wasn't awful, or even embarrassing -- but it wasn't compelling, either. The nominal 16 ohm load the Frankenaltecs presents might have played a role, too.

    I will try some other decent quality speakers on the MP amp anon -- meanwhile, I'm
    listening to Patty Larkin's 25 on the Frankenaltecs via SE 2A3 and lovin' what I hear.

    42804946501_83768e04cb_b.jpgDSC_1501 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    40994464340_3cdd728ccc_b.jpgDSC_1506 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,692
    Is the SE 2A3 your flea power tube amp?
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    edited June 2018
    Well, semi-fleapower @ 3.5 watts per channel. Good for loudspeakers with ca. 100 dB per watt at 1 meter sensitivity.

    The flea-power-diest amp here would be the Decware Zen SE-84B, which runs EL84 or 6p15-ev ("SV83") output tubes in triode mode for about, maybe :p 1.5 watts per channel or so. Nice sounding amplifier, but it could get congested playing little girl with guitar music on the Cornwalls at what I'd consider moderate volume in a moderate sized room (our MA living room).
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,468
    Boy hockey pucks sure come handy ;)
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    I am a big fan.
    I bought myself a box of 'em last winter on Amazon.
  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,692
    I didn't know you could get em on Amazon. I bought a few bags of 'em at Dicks a while back. They do come in handy. I use those and also those EVA anti-vibe pads from SupplyHouse. Also great for elevating the rear of a notebook for better cooling.

    More handy stuff - a roll of Sorbothane, various 3M sticky feet and bumpons, neoprene foam roll, and high density monitor isolation pads (I like the Sound Addicted ones for value/performance/quality; one of my favorite mods for desktop computer system)
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,936
    edited June 2018
    Duh! It's not broken in yet! Give it another 50-100 hours and it'll improve! :wink:
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    With really simple, really well recorded music -- it's not bad. A little bright, and without the depth of SE 2A3 on these loudspeakers -- but not bad.

    As soon as the music got a little complicated, it started to get two-dimensional and hard/glassy sounding. And very bright.

  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,133
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Duh! It's not broken in yet! Give it another 50-100 hours and it'll improve! :wink:
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    With really simple, really well recorded music -- it's not bad. A little bright, and without the depth of SE 2A3 on these loudspeakers -- but not bad.

    As soon as the music got a little complicated, it started to get two-dimensional and hard/glassy sounding. And very bright.

    If it lasts that long. :/
  • robertwhouston
    robertwhouston Registered User Posts: 15
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    I'll take 71.

    Sorry @robertwhouston if you're referring to the Karma giveaway, that is long over. Stick around as Karma here is abound! And welcome! :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.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,936
    edited June 2018
    Lol @verb beat me to it.
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  • msg
    msg Posts: 6,692
    verb wrote: »
    Sorry robertwhouston if you're referring to the Karma giveaway, that is long over. Stick around as Karma here is abound! And welcome! :smile:
    Since it isn't taken anymore, in with 71!
    It's my pant size as well, coincidentally.
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  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,607
    I'll take 71 too.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,936
    We haven't heard from him for a while about the amp, I'm guessing that can only mean he's absorbed in pure aural bliss. Completely overcome with emotion and re-listening to all of his favorite songs!
  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,356
    ….OR...he, his house and everything else is in a pile of burnt ash about now. :)
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    ISS flyover by long exposure(s) -- with a wide angle lens :)

    26369084961_cfbe39df55_b.jpg069 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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  • mlistens03
    mlistens03 Posts: 2,766
    mhardy6647 wrote: »

    Oh my goodness, Doc, Duck!! She be comin’ down fast, and bringing the black hole with her! :tongue:

    I remember as a little kid, we saw this ISS through a telescope. It was really REALLY cool, because we could the outline of it in the sky (through the telescope, of course), and instantly we knew what we were looking at.
    Micah
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    Here's a rehab blog post on these amps that I don't think I'd seen before.
    http://projectrepair.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-mistral-mm-1-hybrid-tube.html

    :p

    Why am I still looking at/for such things?

    I am trying to figure out...

    1) has anyone determined that the current Monoprice morph of this amp (these amps? maybe the 50 watter too?) actually still does supply too much heater voltage to the tubes?

    2) If the heater voltage is OK, has anyone tried 6922 tubes in lieu of the 6N1/6N1-J/6N1P dual triodes in one?

    I guess I am gonna have to get up off my -- well, you know -- and get the DMM out & measure the frickin' filament voltage(s)!

    :|

    I am so farking lazy...
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Here's a rehab blog post on these amps that I don't think I'd seen before.
    http://projectrepair.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-mistral-mm-1-hybrid-tube.html

    :p

    Why am I still looking at/for such things?

    I am trying to figure out...

    1) has anyone determined that the current Monoprice morph of this amp (these amps? maybe the 50 watter too?) actually still does supply too much heater voltage to the tubes?

    2) If the heater voltage is OK, has anyone tried 6922 tubes in lieu of the 6N1/6N1-J/6N1P dual triodes in one?

    I guess I am gonna have to get up off my -- well, you know -- and get the DMM out & measure the frickin' filament voltage(s)!

    :|

    I am so farking lazy...

    No Professor you have too many projects! At least that's my excuse :) Interesting read, are you planning to go down the same road if the filament voltages are high? Keep us posted!
    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.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    I received a pair of Rooshian (actually, Soviet, i.e., "vintage") 6N1-P twin triodes today and plopped them into the little Monoprice.

    Placebo effect or otherwise, it does sound better. Quite a bit better, as I sit here listening to a Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits album on it (still on the Monitor 5s, for now).

    :)
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    Clipdat wrote: »

    I had to smile after reading the history of the amp, as having sent back to Monoprice twice for repairs! :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.
  • seeclear
    seeclear Posts: 1,226
    In with 69, please. Thank you.
    "Don't forget to change your politician. They are like diapers they need to be changed regularly, and for the same reason."
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,205
    edited April 2020
    heh. heh. heh.

    The (in)famous MP 25 watt "hybrid" (at best?!) amp... has Bluetooth.
    I now have a NAS.

    I am not sure if I should be proud, or ashamed, to admit this -- but I am sittin' here, umm... streaming (is that what you young punk kids call it?) music from my little NAS thingy... to the Monoprice amp via Bluetooth.

    I feel so... modern.

    B)

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    (not a "live" photo -- the source switch is now flipped the other way -- to Bluetooth)
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 346
    How bout mamba 24!
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,468
    edited April 2020
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    heh. heh. heh.

    I feel so... modern.

    B)


    Well ... Um .. until you look down at the cat fur covered argyle socks

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