Last year, Gear Patrol contributing staff writer Eric Adams reviewed the Monoprice Stereo Hybrid Tube Amp that comes bundled two 50-watt speakers and 10-foot cables. His conclusion: “I had to keep reminding myself that the entire system costs just $190 — an unbelievable bargain for such a classic experience.”
Basically, Monoprice makes pretty high-quality headphone tube amps for a fraction of the cost of higher-end name brands. If you’re looking for a new desk-side companion, Monoprice is offering its Stereo Tube Headphone Amp for 40-percent off; normally $100, you can get it today for $60.
The tube amp produces 500 milliwatts per channel and offers Bluetooth, RCA and USB connection options. You can connect it directly to your computer via USB input and listen to lossless audio files (including WAV, AIFF and FLAC) using its built-in 24-bit/96kHz DAC. It also looks pretty cool, with its soft black finish and glowing exposed tubes. For less than you spend on lunch in a week, you can upgrade your desktop audio setup and step into hi-fi bliss.
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