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    Default Monarchy Audio SE-100 Delux - anyone?

    Looking for a stereo amp, ran across a pair of these amps on Audiogon, wondering if anyone has any experience with any of this companies products.

    http://www.monarchyaudio.com/

    Thanks

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    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
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    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
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    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

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    My next amplifier (s) will be Monarchy Audio. Have you been to their website? I've never heard the SE-100's but I've read they are excellent. A friend and my brother have Monarchy DAC's and DIP's and they are very solid pieces that sound excellent. Also from what I understand their customer service is excellent even if you buy used gear.

    When I get the funds together this will be my next system:

    (2) Monarchy Audio SM-70 pros (run in mono)
    (1) Monarchy Audio M24 Tube Dac w/ tube line stage pre
    (1) pair Polk Audio Lsi-15's

    They are a small company out of SanFrancisco that believes in building very high quality (high end) equipment with fairly low production runs. The emphasis is on quality construction and quality sound. Simple, solid engineering, nothing fancy or complicated, attention to detail. Most if not all their amps are pure class-A and they tout Zero feedback in their designs.

    The only negative I can see is if you buy them new and don't like them, they don't hold their value very well. Expect to get about 50% of what you pay if you buy new. Monarchy products are a great bargain used.

    I say go for it, be different. I don't think you'll be disappointed, IMO.

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    the ad is for a pair of the SE-100 delux at 1000.00pr, trading emails with the seller now.

    just don't know, never heard them, but the reviews are very good, Class A, zero feedback, I like the looks of them also.
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."

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    Well that's less than 50% retail. Original MSRP is $1180 each. I'd have no problem recommending the company and it's products. I've never heard the amp. IMO, I don't think you can go wrong unless your other components somehow aren't up to the task of getting the most out of the Mono's. I don't think you can the touch the quality or sound for anywhere near $1K. True balanced single ended class-A. The Deluxe is the most recent upgraded model.

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    I have no experience with the SE-100.

    I did own the Monarchy SM-70 PRO amplifier. Bluntly; Its one of my favorite affordable solid state amps. Inexpensive, very powerful, solid, with a great involving sound from top to bottom. Big time warmth without sacrificing the solid state grunt.

    The major caveat? Monarchy products have some funky gain going on - which means matching an active pre amp may prove to be a major PITA.

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    I did see the warnings about the gain issue

    I made an offer, waiting for the reply.
    Last edited by hoosier21; 02-26-2006 at 01:03 PM.
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."

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    a deal has been made, I'll find out if I like them in a few days.

    Russ
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."

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    ...and then sell them in another couple days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai
    ...and then sell them in another couple days.
    truth hurts

    got me a Sunday beer buzz going, another crack like that and I will have to drink another one damn it!
    Dodd - Battery Preamp
    Monarchy Audio SE100 Delux - mono power amps
    Sony DVP-NS999ES - SACD player
    ADS 1230 - Polk SDA 2B
    DIY Stereo Subwoofer towers w/(4) 12 drivers each
    Crown K1 - Subwoofer amp
    Outlaw ICBM - crossover
    Beringher BFD - sub eq

    Where is the remote? Where is the $%#$% remote!

    "I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us have...very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai
    ...and then sell them in another couple days.
    In a couple days? I'll lay odds they are sold before the package arives. :D

    I can't talk at this point. I've recently found myself buying several components at the same time just to make comparisons. Been talking to Hoosier too much lately, I guess...

    Congrats! Let us know what you think of them.
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