Pros: Detail, clarity, imaging, little to no grain in the treble.
Cons: No preamp out
It seems that it’s a good time to be shopping around for headphone amps, with many wonderful new offerings coming from different manufacturers. Known until now for DIY designs, Alex Cavalli has entered the commercial fray with the Liquid Fire, a hybrid amp that aims to deliver the musical richness and timbre of tubes with the speed and clarity of a solid state design. So how does it measure up? From my listening so far, extremely well. For the purposes of this review, it replaced the Stacker II hybrid amp (a DIY design from Cavalli) in my chain. Transport was a Squeezebox Touch which fed either a Rega DAC or Assemblage DAC 2.7. A quad...(read more)