SPARKOS LABS SS3602 Dual Discrete OPA DIP8 (Unit)

SPARKOS LABS SS3602 Dual Discrete OPA DIP8 (Unit)
SparkoS Labs has created a range of discrete DIP8-mounted PDOs optimized to deliver excellent audio performance. They will allow you to replace less powerful AOP or quite simply to obtain a different sound.

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SparkoS Labs SS3601

Discrete Dual OPA DIP8 (Unit)

SparkoS Labs SS3601 AOP Discret double DIP8 (Unité)

SparkoS Labs has created a range of discrete DIP8-mounted OPAs optimized to deliver excellent audio performance. They will allow you to replace less powerful OPA or quite simply to obtain a different sound. Moreover, with their reduced dimensions, measuring a third of the size of any other discrete OPA, they will integrate without problem in your devices and projects.

Class A biasing and high output current capacity, coupled with a proprietary compensation system requiring multiple NPO dielectric capacitors make these discrete amplifiers impossible to manufacture as monolithic integrated circuits.

Why discrete OPA ?

SparkoS Labs OPA easily outperform any monolithic OPA in terms of open loop gain, noise, output current and Class A bias current amplitude. Even the OPA OPA627 which has a good reputation is more expensive for a lower gain of 30dB and noise about twice as high. The table opposite compares the performance of SparkoS Labs OPAs and monolitchic OPAs.

SparkoS Labs AOP SS3601

SparkoS Labs Technology

Presentation :
All of SparkoS Labs OPAs are bases on Lin 3 Stage topology consisting of an input stage differential pair, a gain stage (VAS) and an output stage, all biased in Class A with two pole compensation. All active components are Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) to obtain the greatest linearity. Components are fully protected  from over current by active current limit circuitry in the output and gain stages. They are also protected from large differential input voltages by high-speed Schottky diodes.

Input stage :
The input stage of the SparkoS Labs OPAs contain a dual matched pair of NPN BJTs. Input offset voltage is factory trimmed and typically turns out to be better than 250uV @+/- 12VCC. A cascode Wilson current mirror is utilized as the active load for the input differential pair, for precise current matching between the input pair transistors.

Gain stage (VAS) :
The gain stage is a cascode loaded Darlington for the highest linearity and open loop gain possible. The cascode biasing voltage is derived from precision shunt references, wihch have a much lower dynamic impedance and lower noise than the low voltage Zener diodes which are commonly used to derive the bias voltage. The gain stage is also current limited for a better stability.

Output stage :
The output stage is a push-pull emitter-follower biased in Class A with 8mA standing current. Due to push-pull action, the output stage can source or sink 16mA of current and still remain in class A mode. The output stage will automatically revert to class AB in th event that more output current is demanded. Active current limiting is employed in the output stage to protect it from an over current situation. The output transistors are high gain individual devices in SOT23 package, manufactured by Diodes, Inc. who have developed an encapsulation methode to dissipate two to three times the power of a typical SOT23 packaged components. By using these output components, SparkoS Labs OPAs can have a high Class A bias current and the ability to source or sink far more output current than comparable monolithic IC. 

Compensation :
All the discret OPAs from SparkoS Labs empliy a uniquely implement 2 pole compensation scheme tjat is extremely tolerant of capacitive loading. This allows these discrete OPAs to be used on many PCB in many projects without any stability issue. Two pole compensation despite its superirority ton single pole schemes, in not often used  in monolithic OPAs because of the fabrication difficulty. Capacitors in monolitics OPAs consume a large amount of space on the die so it isn't possible to add more capacitors. SparkoS Labs OPAs are using 3 compensation capacitors so it's not possible to fabricate these OPAs as  monolothics IC. 

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SparkoS Labs AOP SS3602
Comparatif AOP SparkoS Labs par Mono & Stereo

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Technical characteristics

Technical specifications
OPA TypeDual discrete Class A OPA
SupportDIP8
Open loop gain140dB
Noise415nV RMS up to 20kHz
Max voltage+/- 18VCC
Output current15mA Class A
Max output current65mA
Supply power14mA
Offset< 300µV
Contacts platingGold
Others featuresOptimized for high performance audio use
2 pole compensation
NPO capacitors
Dimensions13.75 x 15 x 16.38mm
 
Data sheet
OPA TypeDual
 
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Grande valeur musicale
Après plus d'une semaine de rodage et de tests avec mon gustard p26 modifié avec les aop sparkos,
je constate avec plaisir que le gain en plus est bien là.
Ces aop n'apportent pas de sonorité typée et sont aussi neutres que les LME, c'est excellent pour moi, ce préampli garde son côté "passif".
Sur le plan de la transparence, un voile se lève. Les voix ont un peu plus de grain, les reprises de souffle sont plus perceptibles.
il y a un plus en rapidité, en lisibilité des informations.
La bande passante s'élargit, légèrement dans l'aigu mais surtout dans le grave qui est mieux tenu sans masquer le médium, c'est propre.
D'un point de vue de la spatialisation, je n'ai pas constaté de différence en largeur de scène, par contre un grand plaisir est là de voir qu'il y a
plus de profondeur. Sur mes enregistrements de basses, le haut grave est mieux détouré dû à la notion d'espace.
Tout celà donne un diable de préampli qui peut se comparer à des modèles valant 2 foix son prix, celà donne envie d'investir dans des sources
plus hautes en gamme. Le revers de cette belle médaille reste que les mauvais enregistrements révéleront tous leurs défauts.
Enfin c'est un véritable plaisir pour moi de l'utiliser ainsi, ce préampli comme cœur de mon système me donnera du plaisir pendant très longtemps.
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great sound improvement
Great sound improvement on every point compared to the OPA627 it replaced in my DAC (listening without preamp on a EL34 tube amp and W4-1879 speakers).
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the perfect upgrade for my x7 soundcard
Bought two of these and two ss3601 for my creative X7 soundcard.
They are a perfect upgrade, because

- they are small, you can´t close the hatch anymore because of the height of the ss3603, but you can still place the x7 on your desk normally

- you can HEAR the difference. I use it with a grado RS1, and the sound became more detailed

Awesome piece of hardware!
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première écoutes
merçi à AUDIOPHONICS pour la rapidité et la communication..EP
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première écoutes
bonjour, je viens juste de les montés ,le son est plus propre on gagne en ouverture , les aigus sont plus fin les basses plus ferme sur mon matériel ,jais également mis un fusible sr orange .
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