Matrix M-Stage SparkoS Labs Op Amp Review Head-Fi

 

 

Member Canthearyou posted in Head-Fi about upgrading the op amps and
regulators in his Matrix M stage Headphone Amp with Sparkos.

Click here to see the Head-Fi forum thread

The following are some excerpts from the thread –

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Sparkos Labs SS3601 in a Matrix M-Stage Headphone Amp

“Ok. After a few hours listening I have a few more things to add. The Sparkoslabs op-amps are crystal clear! I am hearing new things in songs I’ve heard a hundred times before. I can’t even really describe it. Pitch black background, extreme instrument separation and positioning. Compared to the stock op-amps it’s not a night and day difference. More like a black hole and a supernova.”

He also upgraded the voltage regulator to the Sparkos
Labs SS7815 regulator.

“I’ve given the new amp a decent listening. It is powerful, clear,
and revealing. It allows me to hear things I’ve never heard
before. I can hearthe artist breathing between passages, guitar
picks plucking the strings, the grain/grit of a bow on a violin. It
sounds like cymbals and tambourines are live. Vocals have a new
life to them.

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Installation of a SS7815 into a Matrix M-stage Headphone Amp

One thing I noticed is that each sound is pronounced on its own.
I can’t really explain it. I guess it would be separation. And there is zero “fuzz” around each sound. The cleanest sound I’ve heard yet.”

 

Thank you, canthearyou, for the great pictures and insight.

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SS7815 completed installation into a Matrix M-Stage Headphone Amp

Back To Reviews Discrete Op Amps Discrete Voltage Regulators Click here to see the Head-Fi forum thread

 

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