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post #31 of 349

Well by this month end you should be hearing alot of chatter..and I am waiting to see what Tom Martin thought of it as well since he has heard the Apex Peak/volcano and WA22 recently. I would think that review should be forthcoming very shortly.

post #32 of 349

Well I recently got to hear the P/V and the Leben compared with my rig so his review should be a good base of reference.

post #33 of 349

while i haven't heard the Apex, Ethan (Equus) has had the TTVJ loaner unit for a week or so and ..well he's on the pre order list for the Liquid Fire ;). Then again everyone hears differently, no reason why you or anyone else might not want the Liquid Fire and go fora Leben or any other amp in its stead.

post #34 of 349

Yup...I'm on the LF preorder...probably getting a fun low serial # too.  o2smile.gif

 

I haven't had the pleasure of listening to a Leben...think there's one floating around in the Seattle area, but haven't seen it at a meet yet.  I really liked the P/V when I listened to it...it really is an excellent amp, especially with the Volcano power supply and good tubes.  For me, it comes down to a completely subjective matter of taste...kind of like whether you like what flavor of ice cream is your favorite.  P/V absolutely is brilliant in terms of clarity and imaging, while the Stacker II, in comparison, was much more emotionally and musically involving for me.  The LF prototype I listened to was between those two amps in terms of clarity and musical catharsis, but sitting closer to the Stacker's side of the spectrum.  At least that was my initial impressions.

post #35 of 349

I really liked the P/V as well but it was practically indistinguishable from my rig. It did a few things better while mine did better on others. The leben was a notch above in terms of musicality and enjoyment. Vocals were smooth and so engaging especially with the tubes that Wedge had in them. If the LF sounds anything like the Leben I would definitely consider it.

post #36 of 349
post #37 of 349
Thread Starter 
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Posted by Tom MartinView Post

CONCLUSION

Consider this headphone amp if: you want an amp that avoids distortions and artifacts across the entire frequency spectrum, sounding natural with a wide variety of headphones.

Look elsewhere if: you’re looking for an amp to correct a particular deficiency of your headphones, or one which has a sonic character that pleases you, albeit without being particularly accurate. The Cavalli is committed to sonic neutrality on a 24/7 basis.

Ratings (compared to similarly-priced headphone amps)

  • Tonal Balance: 9.5
  • Clarity: 9.5
  • Dynamics: 9.0
  • Output Flexibility: 9.5
  • Value: 9.0

 


although I think I agree with his Bottom Line best , I have always felt that this was the greatest strength of the LF ..dB

 

BOTTOM LINE:

The Cavalli Liquid Fire offers state-of-the-art performance as judged against the key parameters we find most important for headphone amps. It hews toward naturalness rather than offering (or imposing) dramatically shaded colorations.

 

post #38 of 349
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

Looks like the long-awaited AV Guide Review is up : http://www.avguide.com/review/cavalli-audio-liquid-fire-headphone-amplifier-playback-45

With the Liquid Fire providing 4W into 32Ohms, I was surprised by this comment in the review:

"It is also a comment meant to convey the fact that the Liquid Fire has plenty of dynamic range, though I did think on certain high-level sounds the Liquid Fire could sound a bit pushed."

post #39 of 349

Thanks for that review.

post #40 of 349
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Originally Posted by mangler View Post

Looks like the long-awaited AV Guide Review is up : http://www.avguide.com/review/cavalli-audio-liquid-fire-headphone-amplifier-playback-45

I tried last night and again this morning and it appears the review has been removed from the avguide web site, their search won't even find it on the website ... even the link from the cavalliaudio.com website leads to a missing page.

 

post #41 of 349

That is weird.  They still have the other pre-review there.  Maybe Jackie Wu didn't like the Woo22 reference!

post #42 of 349

 

Quote:

With the Liquid Fire providing 4W into 32Ohms, I was surprised by this comment in the review:

"It is also a comment meant to convey the fact that the Liquid Fire has plenty of dynamic range, though I did think on certain high-level sounds the Liquid Fire could sound a bit pushed."

This doesnt surprise me. I have seen other high end equipment that have been described like this. Its not lack of power that is probably softening the dynamics. It could be the tubes used, the power supply, circuit design, etc. Not a bad thing and probably only noticeable to someone who has had a amp that has done it better. For most people who are upgrading to this amp, it is probably going to do better than what they had.

 

By the way, my skylla/cd5 dac/preamp has been described in almost the same way even though it has won multiple awards for best sound. They are just nitpicking on something the vast majority will never notice. Even though now that the suggestion has been made, everyone will probably hear it.

post #43 of 349

a matter of perception. 


Edited by sachu - 6/10/11 at 1:21pm
post #44 of 349
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Originally Posted by USAudio View Post

I tried last night and again this morning and it appears the review has been removed from the avguide web site, their search won't even find it on the website ... even the link from the cavalliaudio.com website leads to a missing page.

 

The article is back up again.


Edited by USAudio - 6/15/11 at 8:35am
post #45 of 349

Any updates about when the amp will be available?

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