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Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by ufospls2, Apr 4, 2018.
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  1. ufospls2
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  2. heliosphann
    The Spark lives!!!
     
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  3. XERO1
    I'll be getting one as soon as it's available!
     
  4. NotsoHifi
    Has this just been delayed?
     
  5. Hyp0xia
    Yes
     
  6. NotsoHifi
    Oh well, I really wanted to try it out, I read somewhere that it is better than Magni 3
     
  7. techboy
    Cavalli had initially planned to launch this at $499 but then they closed shop.
     
  8. XERO1
    Not a surprise, really. I just hope the LS and LP don't turn out to be vaporware again, like they did last time.
     
  9. Zachik
    Anyone got any prototypes to play with?!
    Seems like very few got protos of the Platinum, and initial impressions are being posted, but nothing for this little guy?! :frowning2:
     
  10. Hansotek
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    You mean like this one? :wink:

    I’m reviewing it, but if there’s is anything you want to ask, by all means, go ahead.

    It’s hard not to talk about this amp without it sounding like hyperbole. Not going to mince words here though, this is the best sounding $99 amp I have ever heard. Not by a little bit either. By A LOT. I’ve heard every Cavalli amp from these last two generations, and while it’s not the most resolving or spacious or whatever of the bunch by any stretch of the imagination, it is, in my opinion, the most impressive. The fact that this amp sounds this good at $99 is downright laughable.

    The Spark has real big boy amp bass, not tiny little amp bulls*** bass. It hits HARD. It also has that very special trademark Cavalli midrange presentation - very evocative... turns the music into an experience.
     
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  11. Odin412
    Very exciting - looking forward to your review!
     
  12. antdroid
    Will you be able to review it side-by-side with the Schiit Magni 3? I'm assuming that will be it's biggest competitor. That and probably the Objective 2.
     
  13. Hansotek
    I’ll see if I can get ahold of a Magni 3. I have an O2 somewhere. It’s very clearly in another class relative to either one of those, especially in terms of the bass (light years ahead), the mids (much more musical) and the treble (more forgiving, like most higher end amps). Harder to compare things like soundstage, imaging, etc. w/o a head-to-head comparison though.

    If someone wants to loan me one for a couple of days, PM me!
     
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  14. Hyp0xia
    This product really cannot be reviewed without a Magni 3 for comparison. It's the product with which the Spark is directly competing.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2018
  15. Zachik
    @Hansotek buddy, you got all the new toys!!! :angry: (could not find a green-with-jealousy face... but angry with jealousy would do...)
    My favorite relatively inexpensive solid state is the Gilmore Lite Mk2 (granted it cost 4-5 times). Would love comparison to it, if you got one...
    A comparison to Massdrop's LCX should be obvious IMHO (despite costing 2-3 times more), being a Cavalli SS design as well.
    TBH, I do not need yet another amp, but for $100 if it's half as good as you portray it - I will get one (besides, since when "need" play any role in this hobby?!).
     
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