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I know it's a tube amp, but dayum... that's a lot of dough for 50 watts.
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I know it's a tube amp, but dayum... that's a lot of dough for 50 watts.

I used my friends for few month. Tube amp wattage is not 1:1 to solid state... I drove polk lsi m707's with it just fine, even with spare. We also used it with kef ls50's and it was epic.


It also drove my friends lcd3 and hifiman 1000 just fine, sincce it has 7w+ amp
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I used my friends for few month. Tube amp wattage is not 1:1 to solid state... I drove polk lsi m707's with it just fine, even with spare. We also used it with kef ls50's and it was epic.


It also drove my friends lcd3 and hifiman 1000 just fine, sincce it has 7w+ amp
This. A 1w tube guitar amp is more than enough to fill a basement over drums.
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Love to amplify bluetooth with $1000 amp. You can hear every artifact distinct and crisp.
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Love to amplify bluetooth with $1000 amp. You can hear every artifact distinct and crisp.
For maximum effect be sure the source is a pirated 128 kb/s MP3. laugh out loudlaugh out loudlaugh out loud
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Love to amplify bluetooth with $1000 amp. You can hear every artifact distinct and crisp.
I sense a slight tone of sarcasm...
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I know it's a tube amp, but dayum... that's a lot of dough for 50 watts.
At average listening levels, most of the time a speaker is drawing 1 watt or less, unless they are particularly inefficient speakers.
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I sense a slight tone of sarcasm...

it's not for that but many these days stream stuff over bluetooth as a source and it;s flexible. i won't always want to have audio session per say but may want to listen to randoms stuff while doing stuff around the house...
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For the same amount of money, I would rather have a nicely restored Marantz or Sansui instead.
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dumb deal
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Anyone using the monoprice 25w -50w tube amp?
One of my tubes just burnt out, and am considering getting some fake Russian European, or American tubes to replace all of them, to get a slight improvement over the Chinese ones.
I figure $30 for 4 tubes is all I'm spending.

That said, I have a couple of the SMSL amps, and was thinking of getting a $50 pre tube amp, to accompany them instead of bothering with the Monoprice amp anymore, and just sell it as is.

Any ideas?
I could however do an external transformer mod on it, and figure out how to replace a few dozen caps, on the Monoprice that is.
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I buy some stupid stuff on SD, but threads like this make me wonder about this place. This seems like a weird deal for FP and all the TU... feels "shilly"...

No reviews on Adorama... and I clicked the YouTube link and it's a stills slideshow with pop-folk bullsh*t music... :-/
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For maximum effect be sure the source is a pirated 128 kb/s MP3. laugh out loudlaugh out loudlaugh out loud
It's better when it's variable bit rate
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Look for them, this thing gets some crazy positive reviews. I would jump on this if I wasn't so keen on sleeping on the couch for a month.

http://majorhifi.com/ifi-retro-stereo-50-review-only-tube-amp-youll-ever-need/
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