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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. b0ssMax
    Thank you antdroid and GenEricOne.
  2. Hyp0xia
    My unit came with a broken preamp. I only get audio out of the right speaker but not the left. Aside from that, I really like the product. I'm hoping to get a replacement. Others might want to check their preamp section as well just to be safe.
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  3. antdroid
    My impulsive purchase of the LS is turning out pretty good. I am enjoying it as a small little amp to use at work. I had previously had a SMSL VMV VA2 and a Schiit Magni 2 at work but sold both and just stuck with my Onkyo DP-S1 DAP for work use. After using just that and then using it plugged into the LS, the warm, rich, and smooth sound was very audibly apparent. It makes the Onkyo, which uses dual ESS chain, sound very lean in comparison.

    I have been primarily listening to it using the Audeze Sine headphones since they are my closed backs of choice for work, but did also try using them with the BGVP DMG and currently trying it out with the Focal Elex. I am really enjoying this change of pace sound from my usual fare of the Onkyo DAP and the Topping DX7, which to me, share the same sound profile with the DX7 having significantly more power/headroom.

    I had built the Starving Student Tube Hybrid to pair with the DX7 as a way to smooth out the sound for the HE560/Elex I have but this Liquid Spark is doing a heck of a job so far for $100. I have the Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid downstairs but haven’t listened to them side-by-side yet. Maybe that’s my next thing to do this weekend.

    I did notice that the Spark was pretty treble harsh out of the box but I don’t notice that anymore at all after letting it warm up for a couple of hours.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  4. smallcaps

    Budget Multi-IO Desktop Stack
    • Littlebear One
    • Monolith Cavalli Liquid Spark
    • Fiio Q1 Mk2 (DAC mode)
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  5. MrPretty
    My Spark arrived today, along with 14 other sparks. Monoprice accidentally sent me one case instead of just one amp, though they realized this not long after shipping it and let me know I would be receiving a few more than I ordered.

  6. trellus
    @MrPretty that's hilarious! :D They did something similar to me about a year ago with the MP30 in-ear headphones, except they apparently didn't catch it and I had to contact them to get the excess sent back to them. This is even more extreme! :joy:
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  7. Astonish
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2018
  8. Astonish
    Also in terms of sound I'm hearing a lot of static or buzzing noise on my amp. I had the same problem with the Cavalli tube hybrid and it's not just random it's the same parts of songs (most parts unfortunately) so I need to figure out what the deal is. I thought it was a faulty tube in the hybrid, but since this is a solid state it can't be that. Is anyone else hearing it?

    Since they sent me multiple amps, I've tried two of them with the same static sound. Using a monoprice dac....maybe it's the rca cable? But the fact that it can be reproduced makes me think it's the amp, but theres no way its suppose to sound like this
  9. Rattle
    Damn, mine came in today but I only got one ! So far listened to Zappa Zoot Allures, Apostrophe, Alice In Chains Rainier fog and Uncle Acid Wasteland.
    All 16bit flac mimby>spark>HD6xx ... wonderful little amp so far could easily demand much more for it. I am in love with valhalla 2 and have been addicted to it since may with mimby and 600/6xx and spark is no slouch in comparison. I have not detected any buzzing or weirdness at all. I can't detect any channel imbalance or static from the volume either. It's being fed from a Saga as I have my valhalla 2 in the other output, I figured i'd do a comparison later after it broke in. I have Saga volume maxed out and I have mimby/oppo 103/lounge audio phono preamp as inputs only time I get any noise is when its on the phono stage which is just hiss. My digital sources have no noise at all with spark volume maxed. I'm using BJ cables nothing fancy.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
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  10. antdroid
    Well you have 13 extra amps to try.... :)

    I do not have any static issues with mine. Could be your cable or if it's bad part of a specific song, are you sure your recording is not just bad?

    I use monoprice RCA cables (the really thick short ones). I have not had issues on either my MCTH or the LS.
  11. Astonish
    haha I don't want to run through all of them trying, since it's been the same problem on three I'm going to guess the issue is something else.

    And yea I'm going to buy a new cable I guess. Yea, the recording is fine, I'm using spotify extreme and have listened to the tracks many times on other amps, so I'm not sure. I sold my cht because of the static and now it's there again on the spark, but no one else having the issue with it, so I guess it has to be the cable

    edit: just ordered a shorter rca cable like you mentioned off amazon, will try that. Might be it because my other amp is an amp/dac all in one so it doesn't use the cable
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
  12. 69mustang
    Have you tried bypassing the DAC and just plugging the amp straight into the PC, just to rule out the DAC?
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  13. atomicbob
  14. Astonish
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  15. tim0chan
    Lmao U gonna give them the rest back?
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