- Oct 26, 2008
Hey guys, I'm in a bit of info-overload right now.
I have the Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1+ with the upgraded opamps (627) and GE5670W tube.
I'm looking into further upgrading the opamp(s), because I'm seeking extra detail, a wider soundstage, and better imaging.
I'm still running my HD650s out of the headphone amp on the D1, but I'll be building myself a bottlehead crack in the near future, and my stereo system comes out of the other set of RCAs, so I'm considering doing both opamps. (I'll still use this jack for my lower impedance cans).
I had completely set my mind on getting some Audio-gd Sun HDAMs... only to find that they have discontinued production of their opamps.
So, now I'm left with a slew of more expensive options that I can't find any reviews for using with the D1.
The Dexa opamps (79504 and 73728)
The NJR MUSES02
The Sparkos labs SS3602
The Burson Audio dual SS opamp
TNT audio has some reviews for the Sparkos and Burson using the D2, but I admittedly need to sit down and directly compare components between the two to figure out if the components are similar.
I'm primarily fishing for experience-based use of these opamps. I'm all for trying out ALL the things, because I'm a scientist... and it's in my blood. However, I'm not made of money (hence being a scientist). At ~$70 per OPA for most of these, the experiment would get pretty expensive pretty fast.
Thanks in advance guys!
I think in some sense you're fighting for a lost cause on the Maverick's headamp. I've owned it twice and both times, I thought the amplifier was pretty subpar. Any extra performance you'll get out of it will be minimal in the grand scheme. I would suggest saving your money and wait until you build the crack.