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post #46 of 2255

SUCCESS. IT'S WORKING!

Alex Cavalli and I exchange a few emails and it is now working like a charm. I've never used a Piezo switch before and after a few nudges with my knuckle on the switch it now turns on and off like it should. In fact, the sound of it "clicking on" and "clicking off" is kinda cool too. Mine came with 72 hours of burn-in so I've got a ways to go but I've already tried all three of my headphones and they all sound like three new headphones--for the better--MUCH better.

 

Dr. Cavalli's speedy response to my dilemma is so impressive. It is very comforting to know that he's "around the corner" to help. It was like he was living next door and all I had to do was knock and ask him for advice. I knocked; he calmed me down; gave me advice on things to try; and now it's working. Yay!!!

 

Alright--I'm still hyperventilating.


Edited by Clayton SF - 8/25/11 at 6:04pm
post #47 of 2255

Clayton: Excellent.  

 

I feel like pulling an all-nighter with this!  The sound is just riveting.  Hitting the Royal Scam now.  The open sounds so airy, spooky and cool.

post #48 of 2255

I know. It's like magic. I've peered through the vent holes on top of the chassis and it doesn't look like there's much in there but wow--what sound. I know that my amp has only 72 hours of burn-in time, which is too few to be able to really experience what it is capable of producing, but right off there's warmth and clarity in the music that just envelopes the your body. I never thought sound could do that. But it makes everything around you (that isn't the music itself) disappear. Weird.

 

It's like when you first fall in love. You don't know what hit you. I mean it just overwhelms your aural space in a really good way.

 

Okay, back to my LF.

post #49 of 2255

Yes you can't say enough good things about the LF, its terrific with whatever headphone you plug into it. And the LF goes to show folks that you don't need a balanced system to hear a very balanced sound.

post #50 of 2255

Here's something that I've never experienced on the amps I've owned. I've explained this to Frank I and the manual does mention it too.

 

The LF has this interesting way of presenting itself. When I turn up the volume it doesn't seem louder but fuller but I know it has to be louder; it just doesn't sound LOUD.

 

It's like very high decibels coming off of a cheap system sounds LOUD and the same amount of decibels coming from the LF sounds more HUGE than loud. As I've mentioned before: the sound is very enveloping.

post #51 of 2255
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Originally Posted by Clayton SF View Post

Here's something that I've never experienced on the amps I've owned. I've explained this to Frank I and the manual does mention it too.

 

The LF has this interesting way of presenting itself. When I turn up the volume it doesn't seem louder but fuller but I know it has to be louder; it just doesn't sound LOUD.

 

It's like very high decibels coming off of a cheap system sounds LOUD and the same amount of decibels coming from the LF sounds more HUGE than loud. As I've mentioned before: the sound is very enveloping.


My ARC amp is like that, the sound gets bigger front to back, both sides and top and the height as well. And very full. One just has to hear it.

 

post #52 of 2255
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My ARC amp is like that, the sound gets bigger front to back, both sides and top and the height as well. And very full. One just has to hear it.


That's exactly it! And what seems equally as impressive is that my three headphones are able to keep up and hold that bigger/fuller image on the LF but they break apart when pushed on my other amps (at the levels I wouldn't listen at anyway) but on the LF they still sound incredibly wonderful. My ears will be the ones to break before the hp. But I won't do that.

 

An ARC amp?

 

post #53 of 2255
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Originally Posted by Clayton SF View Post




That's exactly it! And what seems equally as impressive is that my three headphones are able to keep up and hold that bigger/fuller image on the LF but they break apart when pushed on my other amps (at the levels I wouldn't listen at anyway) but on the LF they still sound incredibly wonderful. My ears will be the ones to break before the hp. But I won't do that.

 

An ARC amp?

 


ARC, Audio Research Corporation, they make amps, preamps, DAC and other audio stuff. Mostly tubes. I use it to power my HE-6, 60 watts per channel.

 

Its like listening to a big speaker through a headphone.


Edited by wuwhere - 8/25/11 at 8:59pm
post #54 of 2255
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Originally Posted by sillysally View Post

Yes you can't say enough good things about the LF, its terrific with whatever headphone you plug into it. And the LF goes to show folks that you don't need a balanced system to hear a very balanced sound.


Yes. And I also wonder about those systems with huge external power supplies. Or even little ones. The LF sounds exceptional and it doesn't have an external ps.

 

Although I have to admit that I've been listening to the LF right next to the B22 and the B22 really holds its own too. I know one is a hybrid and the other one is ss but they are still enjoyable when I am sitting in a comfortable chair with my eyes closed. (What chair? I have no furniture). I don't really like to A/B them because then I spend time analyzing the music instead of enjoying it. It's like I'd rather enjoy a good meal on the whole than to analyze why each ingredient made that dish enjoyable. At least not right now.

 

But right off the bat, the LF has warmth. The B22 is not an LF; and I love them both.

 


Edited by Clayton SF - 8/26/11 at 9:07am
post #55 of 2255
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Originally Posted by Clayton SF View Post

SUCCESS. IT'S WORKING!

Alex Cavalli and I exchange a few emails and it is now working like a charm. I've never used a Piezo switch before and after a few nudges with my knuckle on the switch it now turns on and off like it should. In fact, the sound of it "clicking on" and "clicking off" is kinda cool too. Mine came with 72 hours of burn-in so I've got a ways to go but I've already tried all three of my headphones and they all sound like three new headphones--for the better--MUCH better.

 

Dr. Cavalli's speedy response to my dilemma is so impressive. It is very comforting to know that he's "around the corner" to help. It was like he was living next door and all I had to do was knock and ask him for advice. I knocked; he calmed me down; gave me advice on things to try; and now it's working. Yay!!!

 

Alright--I'm still hyperventilating.



Nice!

 

Keep breathing.  It'll help you enjoy your LF longer before you pass out.  wink_face.gif

post #56 of 2255
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Yes. And I also wonder about those systems with huge external power supplies. Or even little ones. The LF sounds exceptional and it doesn't have an external ps.

 

Although I have to admit that I've been listening to the LF right next to the B22 and the B22 really holds its own too. I know one is a hybrid and the other one is ss but they are still enjoyable when I am sitting in a comfortable chair with my eyes closed. (What chair? I have no furniture). I don't really like to A/B them because then I spend time analyzing the music instead of enjoying it. It's like I'd rather enjoy a good meal on the whole than to analyze why each ingredient made that dish enjoyable. At least not right now.

 

But right off the bat, the LF has warmth. The B22 is not an LF; and I love them both.

 




Yes I am stumped also but not only because of the PSU but by everything this amp does.

 

What I have been finding is that the LF and W4S needs well over two hundred hours of break-in. This combo is very analytical with tremendous depth using my HE6's along with a spot on 3D surround sound-stage (depending on the quality/info of the audio track). The dynamics of this combo are amazing, it seems to be getting everything from highs, mids and lows right.

I should add that I have been using a Quad set of Siemens gold pin for about a week now, so I can't say for sure what keeps improving with the break-in.

 

I have also dropped the sub bass (SW) in my reailser from 0 to -5. I didn't think I would have to do this because I am now using the #2 HDMI port of my BD-95 to send the digital audio out to my realiser, I had to do the -5 db drop using the Oppo BD-95's analog outs and its ES9018 DAC (same as in the W4S) using my WA5LE.

The sound signatures using the BD-95's DAC or the W4S DAC are very close, but as I have said they both use the ES9018 DAC.

 

Yes the LF has warmth/smoothness, and that I think it is because of the LF use of tubes.

 

 


Edited by sillysally - 8/26/11 at 3:28pm
post #57 of 2255


 

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... Yes the LF has warmth/smoothness, and that I think it is because of the LF use of tubes.


Different amps use tubes for different reasons, and sometime for the same reason--that I know. And I do know what a rectifier does and the rest is, well, beyond me. The Cavalli Liquid Fire Manual says that:

 

The amp uses the tubes only for voltage gain, and transistors (MOSFETs) only for the power output section. ...

 

Tubes for voltage gain only. I don't know what that means but what ever it does it is doing it right! The LF is one of a few black components that I own. I usually get silver--but the Cavalli LF dressed in black with red accents is alluring to say the least.

 

I was changing discs when I shot this:

 

Cavalli LF.JPG

post #58 of 2255
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Originally Posted by Clayton SF View Post


 


Different amps use tubes for different reasons, and sometime for the same reason--that I know. And I do know what a rectifier does and the rest is, well, beyond me. The Cavalli Liquid Fire Manual says that:

 

The amp uses the tubes only for voltage gain, and transistors (MOSFETs) only for the power output section. ...

 

Tubes for voltage gain only. I don't know what that means but what ever it does it is doing it right! The LF is one of a few black components that I own. I usually get silver--but the Cavalli LF dressed in black with red accents is alluring to say the least.

 

I was changing discs when I shot this:

 

Cavalli LF.JPG


 

That means they are very important in the overall sound of the amp. Their output voltage is fed into the LF's mosfet output transistors.

post #59 of 2255

Aretha Franklin sounds incredible w/LF and the LCD2.  It just swings............" Until you come back to me..........."  So much air w/her voice and the piano.  No autotune there!!

post #60 of 2255

"I'm gonna knock on your door...."

Wow. I love that song. I remember when it first came out. I was young. I was poor. And I was living in San Francisco.

I'm listening to Aretha Franklin, too. When I close my eyes I see her at the piano.

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