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#426446 - 08/22/17 03:56 PM Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120!
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I bought a few at $150, paired them with some Axiom M3s, for gifts to friends, and let me tell you what, they sound GREAT!

So, Monoprice reduced the price to $139 and now to $119.99.

I think you should go get you one!

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#426462 - 08/23/17 09:45 PM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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I ordered the 50 WPC version, on sale for $160. Will report back after some unblind tests between it and the Axiom 1500.
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#426588 - 09/16/17 08:41 PM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: craigsub]
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After spending 3 plus weeks with the Monoprice, and comparing it to the ADA-1500-5, here is the impression to date ...

1. The Monoprice has a bit of a rolled off high and slight bloom to the bass. It's pleasant, but not as accurate nor clean as the ADA-1000.

2. For $200, it's a nice little amp, and looks WAY cool.

3. It's not a real dynamic amp, but in comparison to our old Tweak City Audio "Gizmo", it's a bit better in that regard.

4. As a Bluetooth system with a pair of Axiom M3's, a pair of Bose 301's and a pair of Ascend 170's, it's a nice system for relaxing music.

Overall, it's not a world beater, but it will find a place in my man cave garage with my 30 year old Klipsch Cornwalls as a killer nice little system. I have a 20 year old NAD CD player that adds up to a very nice system.

A side note - Spotify has a new "extreme audio quality" setting that makes the Bluetooth SQ VERY close to the CD player. The man cave garage with this system is a wonderful place to have a drink and a cigar.

As long as you are not expecting too much, the Monoprice is a fun product, and well worth the $200.
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#426599 - 09/17/17 02:50 AM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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Hi Craigsub

Never heard the 50 wpc Monoprice, but they go for $170, $136 if you wait for 20% off sale. I've been giving away the 25 wpc amp, and like them a lot. $140 list and a bit over $100 if you wait for a sale. Now that's a deal !

I think they'd be great with the Cornwalls! Have you checked out Bob Crites' site for Klipsch upgrades? I just got his titanium tweeters and cross-overs for my Forte I's. I'll let you know how they sound when I get the time to get into them.

Mark Schifter says he's coming tomorrow to get my Emerald Physics EP2.8s running right. We'll see. The Fortes and Conrad Johnson MV60SE (KT120s) are a great combo.

Gave up cigars again. So thankful for that. I was not into 'occasional cigars.' Full blown cigar junkie. My favorites? Rocky Patel Edge (tan band). Smoked at least 5 per day. Crazy.
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#426601 - 09/17/17 09:41 AM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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2x6 .. the regular price on the 50 WPC amp is $200. It's on sale now for $170, a 15% discount. That's listed on the site. I paid $160 with a 20% sale in August.

I always use list price when discussing components, because that is the most anyone will have to pay.

My reference Klipsch speakers are LaScala II's, and as good as they are, compared to live music, they are still not what the LFR-1100's can do, in terms of accuracy and spacing.

Good luck with Mr. Schifter.
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#426603 - 09/17/17 11:13 AM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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For dozenth time he has cancelled. I am afraid I am done with them.
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#426604 - 09/17/17 02:48 PM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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What are you trying to accomplish with your 2.8s?
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#426605 - 09/17/17 03:49 PM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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Originally Posted By 2x6spds
For dozenth time he has cancelled. I am afraid I am done with them.


One cannot understand the depth of that man's indecency until one experiences it first hand. I hate to see you go through all this. If it helps, what he has done to you is almost altruism compared to what he has done to others.
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#426607 - 09/17/17 08:25 PM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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Serenity - audio nirvana is what I hoped for.

I heard the Emerald Physics 2.8s at THE SHOW in Irvine, in June 2016. I listened to Magicos, big Vandersteins, Wilsons, TADs, Legacies. I thought the EP 2.8s sounded as good as the best of them. When I heard them, I heard myself say, "I'll take them."

I made a good deal. MSRP on the speakers in the fancy finish was over $10,000. The EP100.2.SE digital monoblocks listed for $2,200 each. I got the lot for $7,000. I thought it was a good deal (made with Walter Liederman, the owner of Emerald Physics/Underwood HiFi). The deal was Walter would send Mark to set them up and guaranteed me they would sound as good as they sounded at THE SHOW.

They came, they are beautiful, they sound like crap. I have a bunch of systems. A lot of equipment for a guy who likes one song and is half deaf. (joke) My most modest system is a Harman Kardon TA5000x integrated tube amp, Axiom M22Ti's, Sony DVP S9000ES SACD player. No sub. That system sounds better than the EP2.8s. My Michaura M66 (like the M60s, 2 x 6.5" Axiom drivers and the 0.75" Axiom titanium tweeter) with HSU sub simply blows the Emerald Physics speakers away.

My Thiel CS3.6, with SVS 20-39 sub, Oppo 85, and Yamaha M80 amp (Pioneer SC 1523K AVR) 6 Michaura M55s surround speakers and a VP180 center, well, no contest. The Fortes with the Conrad Johnson, in what I thought was a difficult room, sound spectacular. All vastly superior to the EP2.8s.

I got an Axiom EP600 to try to help the EP2.8s. Little help.

Mark gave me a great deal on a Conrad Johnson MV60SE KT120. It helped a little. (The Klipsch Forte I's I picked up sound incredible with this amp.)

Mark promises to come this Tuesday. I believe him despite many disappointments. He has had a tough year.

Craigsub, yes, I came out much better than many, whether or not he comes on Tuesday. He is a complicated guy, with many good qualities. I am giving him one more chance. I believe he will come through.

In the meantime, I picked up the Bob Crites' cross-overs and titanium tweeters which, when I work up the courage, I will install in the Fortes and report back.

Best regards to all of you!


Edited by 2x6spds (09/17/17 08:29 PM)
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#426611 - 09/18/17 01:55 AM Re: Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp $120! [Re: 2x6spds]
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Installed the cross-overs and titanium tweeter diaphragms into the Fortes. Have not yet reinstalled the passive radiators in the rear of the speakers.

Very tired, and I tend to be an enthusiastic reviewer, but ... these things sound fantastic, even without the radiators. The highs are extended and very sweet. The mids are ... dunno how to describe them, but I think huge, full and musical would do. The bass is terrific. Bass from kick drums are percussive and forte! All very integrated. First impressions are enthusiastically positive.
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