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Tube Amp System with Bluetooth 25-watt Stereo Hybrid with 4-inch Select Speakers
Hear for yourself why the Wall Street Journal calls this "The Miracle of a $150 (or Less) Tube Amplifier". Find out more
What could be better than the gift of music? The gift of really great sounding music. Even better is when it is really great looking equipment and still better is when you can get it for under 200 bucks! The center piece of this fantastic bundled deal is our stylish 25-watt Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp, which features a tube preamp stage that adds a warmth and richness that solid-state circuits simply can't touch. Complementing the amplifier is a pair of our Select 4-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers and a 10-foot pair of our 14AWG Affinity Braided Speaker Cables. The preinstalled banana plugs on the speaker cables make connections a breeze and the wireless Bluetooth® connection to the amp ensures that you will be rocking out in no time at all!
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25-Watt Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp with Select 4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers
Sound Quality: Life is too short for audio products that don't sound great! We believe that the whole point of listening to music is to hear it as the artist intended. Our engineers and audio experts have spent countless hours listening to and comparing various components until we were satisfied we had found models that fit our demanding standards.
Style: Featuring a polished piano black case and a brushed aluminum face, the exposed tubes and lighted VU meter combine to give this amp a sexy appearance that is at once both classic and futuristic. Complementing the amp, is the simple good looks of the the black woodgrain, chamfered speakers.
Versatile: Enjoy your music the way you want! Use the stereo RCA jacks to connect directly to a CD player or use the Bluetooth® v4.0 radio to connect wirelessly with your phone.
A complete Bluetooth audio system that provides fantastic sound with a modern retro style.
The Bluetooth® system for grown-ups. You know that it takes more than a little pill or a link to achieve high quality audio, especially when it comes to Bluetooth wireless streaming. The tube preamp stage produces a warm and inviting sound, that breathes new life in digital music. Why settle for a little speaker brick when you can have a real audio system?
Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp
- 25 watts/channel class AB power amplifier
- Less than 0.1% total harmonic distortion
- Accepts 4 ~ 16 ohm loads
- 20Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response
- Tube preamplifier stage with solid state power amplifier
- Bluetooth® v4.0 wireless streaming
- One stereo analog RCA input
- 5-way binding post speaker connections
Select 4-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers
- 50 watts maximum input power
- 4.5" cone woofer with rubber surround
- 0.75" silk dome tweeter
- 75Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response
- 6 ohms impedance
- 81dB sensitivity
- Chamfered black cloth grill
- 5-way binding post terminals
Monoprice not only stands behind every product we sell with a 1 year replacement warranty, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee as well! If the product you purchase does not satisfy your needs, send it back for a full refund.
Quality at a Fair Price
Monoprice's rugged design and rigid quality control standards deliver high quality products at fair prices.
Service & Support
You're never on your own with Monoprice products! We have a full team of friendly and knowledgeable technicians available to answer your questions, both before and after the sale. Contact our technical support team for questions about our products, troubleshooting, or even suggestions for products to fit your particular needs. Not to be outdone, our friendly and helpful customer service team is here to make your ordering, delivery, and any possible returns a quick and painless operation, from start to finish!
Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp
|Frequency Response||20Hz ~ 20kHz ±2dB|
|Treble Adjustment Range||-10dB ~ +10dB|
|Total Harmonic Distortion||0.1%|
RMS Power Output
(4-ohm load @ 1kHz)
Peak Power Output
(4-ohm load @ 1kHz)
|Output Impedance Range||4 ~ 16 ohms|
|Input Impedance||47 kilohms|
|Treble Adjustment Range||-10dB ~ +10dB|
|Bass Adjustment Range||-10dB ~ +10dB|
|Input Voltage Range||100 ~ 120 VAC, 60Hz|
|Tube Types||6N1 and 6P15|
|Dimensions||10.6" x 5.9" x 11.8" (268 x 150 x 300 mm)|
|Weight||8.2 lbs. (3.7kg)|
Select 4-Inch 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers
|Speaker Type||2-way with rear port|
|Frequency Response||75Hz ~ 20kHz ±20%|
|Nominal Impedance||6 ohms|
|Max. Power||50 watts|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||9.8" x 5.5" x 7.7" (251 x 140 x 195 mm)|
|Weight||4.9 lbs. (2.23kg)|
The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
Questions and Answers
THIS WAS PROVIDED AS A REVIEW SAMPLE BY MONOPRICE
Unboxing everything yielded excellent packaging to insure everything stays intact, foam throughout for each item: amp, and speakers. You get a manual, power cord and a Bluetooth antenna, and finally of course the Hybrid Tube Amp itself. Beautiful construction, a bit on the glossy side for some of the outer paneling which will exhibit dust easily overtime and possibly fingerprints. But you're more than likely going to situate it somewhere on a desk, shelf, and forget about moving it for a while. So fingerprints should not be that big of an issue. Just don't caress the sides too much, I know it looks pretty but contain yourself.
The unit has some great heft to it as well, doesn't feel cheap one bit. The 6N2 and 6P15 power tubes are semi exposed, but shielded by a stylish metal frame so you're not accidentally touching them or nicking them on something. I say exposed, but tubes clearly need to breath as they can get warm over long prolonged use. This also adds to the unique aesthetic this amp provides: a mix of classic with modern. It may make you wonder if you should show your Dad or not considering he may want to steal it from you as it may resurface his memories of yore when he was filled with joy upon getting his first stereo system back in the day. Yea, it's pretty, and I love a good mix of vintage and modern any day.
Setting it up was simple. This was paired with Monoprice's 10FT Premier Braided Audio cables and their 4-inch Speakers. This was all bundled under the PID 13807. The amp, speakers, and cables. Everything you need to get setup and listening to your favorite tunes.
So how does it sound. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind, this is a 25-watt amp, and bookshelf speakers. For a small room and maybe even small living room, you can probably get away with most things. However, you won't be hosting a grandiose party or doing your DJ sets via these gadgets. This isn't mean to be blowing you off your seats during a movie either. For what it delivers in it's size, it sounds pretty delicious. Yes, I said delicious. The quality is warm, probably the tube preamp stage doing its duty, and crisp. You may hear a little bit of a fuzz in the beginning, but I've been a musician for 20 years. This is second nature to me, however, this is evidence of the tubes warming up. The fuzz will diminish after 30seconds to a minute, and then I would recommend turning your volume dial up to start enjoying tunes. Synthwave, Rock, EDM, especially some lovely Smooth Jazz. It all sounds pretty great through this little system.
Lastly, the Bluetooth is surprisingly enjoyable as well. Syncing up a device with it was a cinch, and it even audibly lets you know with a rather lovely voice that you've paired with the amp. I'm tempted to ask her out but I don't take rejection well..
I was never quite the fan of Bluetooth audio since there's a lot of degradation in the signal and I always notice fuzz or what's basically data loss in the stream. There's a bit of loss in the low-end frequencies for some music, but not enough for me to complain. Going straight into the RCA jacks in the back for more direct of an audio source is clearly superior in quality, but if you want to quickly sync your phone or a guest's phone that comes over? Go right ahead, its good enough for me.
To add a bit more about quality, let's talk about the speakers and cables. For being just 4-inch monitors, they pack a decent punch, but again you won't be turning up the volume dial to the hilt, they can only push so much and the last thing you want to do is blow them out. I currently have it setup with my computer to enjoy my music, having the speakers directionally at me from either side for a nice stereo experience, and it's lovely. For a den, it's more than enough. Lastly, the cables. They're crafted beautifully. They have an excellent braiding to them, so they're going to last for eons, and since this bundle came with 10FT variants, you'll have more than enough to spare for wherever you choose to set this up.
Final Remarks and Cons:
All in all, this setup is pretty darn good. Its classic looking with a nice modern mix to it. It sounds great, can fit any occasion with its aesthetics and how it delivers clean crisp sound. It would make for a lovely gift for a loved one for their small living room on the shelves (mind you furniture adds to the richness of the sound, hence: bookshelf speakers), or perhaps their dining area as they sip afternoon or evening tea with some Jazz. The only “con”, if you would even consider it one, are about the speakers. Their construction would appear at first to be.. almost toy-like. The enclosure itself is a hardened plastic, not sure it's MDF, but again just appears to be a bit lacking in that regard. That's mostly just an aesthetic thing, because they project very well for their size and for just being 4-inches, the enclosure is a bit large though that only adds to the booming of any low-end frequencies, so I'm glad they're not smaller or it probably would have suffered there.
PROS: Good projection and clarity. Great for a small living area or den.
CONS: The amp is a bit glossy so may have fingerprints adhere easily, but not a big issue. Speakers appear at first glance to be a little cheap in construction, but their performance says otherwise.
Yup. With a multi RCA jack switch, link your turntable, Sirius Radio, HDTV, BluRay, to the Tube Amp via the 'CD' option, and enjoy the sonics. Or stream music from your mobile devices via Bluetooth.
There come few times in anyone's life they face a No-Brainer head-on.
This Combo presents itself for your pleasure, at a price that is unjustifiably and crazily affordable.
I'm a three-thousand-percent happy camper.
PROS: How Pro can you go for two Franklins? Saw the review in the WSJ about this Beyond Best of Class combo. Too late to order. They'd sold out. Bravo! Waiting list. Seven weeks. It finally came! I'm 64, and harda hearing. But with techno and a wanting for the 60s, this Combo is the most fun I've had since, um, nevermind.
CONS: But seriously, folks, the revised Instruction Manual will explain Banana Plugs to your understanding. They're the bananas! Tightest terminal connection you could want. You just need to learn what it takes to make 'em happen.
As for Bluetooth conflicts, that's not the fault of the Combo maker. It's a personal thing. I have seven Bluetooth devices "in the air" and have No problems connecting any of them to the BT switch on the Tube Amp.
Busted tube(s) upon arrival? Aggravating out the wazoo, fer sure. But it may be the fault of staff somewhere down the way to you what drop-kicked your package across the loading dock. Who knew?
PROS: Looks great and has fantastic warm sound. Really enjoyed listening to music on this. Bluetooth connects easily. The speaker and cables are great. Nice living room system.
CONS: I had some difficulty getting the speaker cables into the unit as well as the speakers. I was afraid if I forced it, I would break something. Called support and they just said to push harder. I ended up pinching down the ends with my fingers and was able to finangle the cables in.
My biggest beef was one of the tubes was broken upon arrival. I think I would have preferred to have had the tubes separated when shipping. When calling support they did not have any tubes they could send to replace so my only option was to return the entire unit. I decided to just buy new tubes (was quicker and easier). It was a bummer getting this unit and not being able to use it. I do hope Monoprice gets some replacement tubes in stock.
The included tubes are adequate, and will work for most users at the listening levels this unit is intended to be used at. It does a pretty good job of smoothing the defects inherent in compressed digital music sources.
As for the review slamming the unit for having a compatibility issue with some turntables, it is not a fair criticism. The cartridge on a turn table has always required a pre-amp prior to the actual amp. Older receivers included a special turntable input which had the pre-amp built in. This is a feature that has been dropped on new units like this one, and to use an older turntable you will need a pre-amp.
PROS: Great sound at low volume Bass and treble has an unusually wide spectrum of adjustment. fits right on my desk looks classy (lots of comments from clients and co-workers)
CONS: One of the tubes was cracked and vacuum compromised on delivery. Monoprice sent a new replacement tube within a week.
The book shelf speakers on the other hand, well they are cheap speakers, which I knew going into this. One of the speakers was rattling when I pulled it from the box, two of the screws holding in the woofer had pulled out, I was able to screw them back in, but they would not tighten down. The other bookshelf speaker had one of the grill holding cups fall out, glued that back in.
The speaker cables and connectors are really good in my opinion, tight fit and the braided cables look nice, since I can't really hide them well.
8 months ago
PROS: clear, crisp sound
CONS: modest installation difficulty (speaker cables)
PROS: nice sound, easy to setup, super value for the money, packaged well, arrived in very good shape
CONS: not a huge deal, but the speaker banana plugs are a bit too snug.. Had to crimp them a bit so they did not have to be forced in.
PROS: Great quality to price ratio. Fun to set up in desk environment for close listening
CONS: None so far
5 months ago