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I love the way this amp looks, but the Glow One looks just as good and is far more powerful. It might be too expensive for MD, though. The Musical Paradise MP-301 MK3 doesn't look quite as silvern but is a lot more powerful and versatile, nearly as small, and costs about $100 more.
I've read that the Gemtune gets really hot because it struggles to power a lot of speakers. That could be a problem in my apartment, which gets more than enough heat even in the winter.
With output of 38 watts it should not be that much of a problem with heat. Much like an incandescent light bulb the heat factor should be minimal. Recently, I gave my niece a present using a tube amplifier that put out 1.5 watts and she was enthusiastic about it powering a set of small bookshelf speakers. I also have a pair of 8 watt motor block amplifiers that I use on a bedroom system that are absolutely phenomenal and comparable with some amplifiers that cost me up to 2000 a pair. This should be a fun amplifier for a small system.
I have a Musical Paradise MP301 MK3 and the original version, the MK3 is such a noisy beast and is built to lower standards than the original MP301, I'd pass on the MP until they figure out how to make transformers that don't hum so bad that they rattle off your desk! It's very distracting in a quiet room.
have you tried contacting Garry from MP about that? because I have the MK3 and don't notice any hum issues at all
Garry does not respond to me after calling him out on a defective MP-P1 he sold me last year. I also had an MP501 Mk3 with the same buzzing transformer issue. It's seems to be a recent design flaw or something like that. I am extremely happy with my original MP301 and it's perfect in every way. This little APPJ PA1501 has me intrigued for sure! ;)