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Monoprice hybrid tube amp

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I have read a couple of post on these tube amps from Monoprice.  Nothing solid for a review (unless I missed it), so I decided to take the plunge on one of their hybrids. 

 

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=16153&gclid=CjwKCAjw7tfVBRB0EiwAiSYGM54jdqFXmu4Q_cvoHynxz7LMU1EGwBc0i1MRs9QcI-b_ya6dKr0dqBoCuZMQAvD_BwE

 

Since this is going in the craft room, I wasn't to concerned on the quality.  Mainly I liked the ease of use and the Bluetooth feature, which will allow my wife to get more use out of the Heresies in the that room.  When I finally get a new stylus for my Thorens turn table, I will be running that through a phono preamp that built from a Tubes4hifi kit. 

 

I just received it last night and only spent a little time with it.   Not to bad for $169.00, but nothing I would sell your Scott for.  I once had a Scott in this system, kind of wish I had it now.  I used to think that one could run a hybrid setup such as this and have some what of the warmth that a solid tube amp could offer.  I was clearly wrong.  They offer a complete tube integrated with a phono section, which I still would mind trying. 

 

I wouldn't mind trying some different tubes to see if it makes much difference, but some research would be needed to find compliant tubes.

 

Bottom line, if you are looking for something for that system that doesn't get used, this would be a good piece for the price.  Next I wouldn't mind finding a complete ss piece that is comparable in price if not cheaper. 

 

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I tried the same one a few years back and it blew one channel the instant I turned it on, returned it the next day.  Never even had a chance to hear it once.   Hopefully your luck is better and I just had a faulty amp.

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The hybirds can sound good, clean and be a nice addition to a system.  I have one, Yaquin VK2100, for years and the sound from a tube amp or integrate tube amp will be different.  Hybirds are limited in the preamp tube selection and the power output is of a SS nature.

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