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post #436 of 637

Alex make me a phono stage...and integrated amp...

 

OH MAN LIQUID GLASS INTEGRATED EDITION. BA BANG. 

 

Hell, 7w would kick the piss out of a nice sensitive speaker, too.

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post #437 of 637
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post #438 of 637

Make it happen, bro. Just slap some speaker taps on a Liquid Glass and sell it to me.

post #439 of 637

If you ever make an amp with speaker taps, Alex, I'll have to throw more money in your direction!

 

Having a Cavalli amp powering the Jecklin Floats via their transformer is like my dream rig, man. For reals.

post #440 of 637

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"build it and they will come"

post #441 of 637

Very cool. 

post #442 of 637

Alex is reading minds.....Spooky....biggrin.gif

post #443 of 637

My stealth black LG has landed... and WOW this is one svelte looking amp. The whole thing just exudes quality, both visually and tactilely. Turning the volume pot feels great: nice 'n' smooth but weighty. The LEDs are much improved over Dr. Cavalli's earlier amps, and when you power the amp on there's a great clicking sound as the LEDs change from red to white during warm up, certainly a minor detail but still delightful. In the dark it looks like a distant constellation of stars, with the glowing tubes standing in as some kind of nebula.

 

Sonically this amp is addictive. Dr. Cavalli's designs always seem to have this really immersive, enveloping holographic quality to their sound, and the LG may very well be his ultimate expression so far. It really puts you "there." And I say that with the stock tubes (which sound pretty good); there's obviously the almost endless potential that comes with tube rolling to consider as well. Also I find these amps sound best when they're left on for a while; some might feel that to be unnecessary beyond the initial warming of the tubes, and maybe it's my imagination or something, but both the LG and the LL sound better an hour after they're powered. It mentions this in the instructions as well.

 

So, is there anything I don't like about the LG? Nothing's perfect, after all. So on that note if I could somehow have the amp a wee bit quieter with sensitive headphones I'd be thrilled. However I know the gain is a result of the tubes used, so it can't be helped. 'Tis the nature of the beast. The amp is a lot quieter now than the prototype I tried, and with the HD800 it's mostly silent using the stock tubes. Sure there's a tiny bit of hiss when the volume is turned up really loudly, but I would never listen at a level that high (and would have bigger problems to worry about; hearing damage, for instance). Overall I'm a stickler for quiet amps, and I can say I'm totally satisfied with the LG.

 

The addition of the XLR jack is a great touch too. I've got the K1000 plugged in, and it sounds great. In fact this is one of the better K1000 amps I've tried (another good one being the LAu prototype incidentally).

 

IMHO this amp is a masterpiece. It's the culmination of the legendary Stacker lineage, and something I feel very fortunate to be able to own. Thanks, Alex!

post #444 of 637
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My stealth black LG has landed... and WOW this is one svelte looking amp. The whole thing just exudes quality, both visually and tactilely. Turning the volume pot feels great: nice 'n' smooth but weighty. The LEDs are much improved over Dr. Cavalli's earlier amps, and when you power the amp on there's a great clicking sound as the LEDs change from red to white during warm up, certainly a minor detail but still delightful. In the dark it looks like a distant constellation of stars, with the glowing tubes standing in as some kind of nebula.

 

Sonically this amp is addictive. Dr. Cavalli's designs always seem to have this really immersive, enveloping holographic quality to their sound, and the LG may very well be his ultimate expression so far. It really puts you "there." And I say that with the stock tubes (which sound pretty good); there's obviously the almost endless potential that comes with tube rolling to consider as well. Also I find these amps sound best when they're left on for a while; some might feel that to be unnecessary beyond the initial warming of the tubes, and maybe it's my imagination or something, but both the LG and the LL sound better an hour after they're powered. It mentions this in the instructions as well.

 

So, is there anything I don't like about the LG? Nothing's perfect, after all. So on that note if I could somehow have the amp a wee bit quieter with sensitive headphones I'd be thrilled. However I know the gain is a result of the tubes used, so it can't be helped. 'Tis the nature of the beast. The amp is a lot quieter now than the prototype I tried, and with the HD800 it's mostly silent using the stock tubes. Sure there's a tiny bit of hiss when the volume is turned up really loudly, but I would never listen at a level that high (and would have bigger problems to worry about; hearing damage, for instance). Overall I'm a stickler for quiet amps, and I can say I'm totally satisfied with the LG.

 

The addition of the XLR jack is a great touch too. I've got the K1000 plugged in, and it sounds great. In fact this is one of the better K1000 amps I've tried (another good one being the LAu prototype incidentally).

 

IMHO this amp is a masterpiece. It's the culmination of the legendary Stacker lineage, and something I feel very fortunate to be able to own. Thanks, Alex!


Great first impressions! I'm so excited to get mine tomorrow, just looking at all these tube variants is making me antsy. Tube rolling is so addictive, and I hope once I find my perfect tubes for each of my headphones. I can kick back and enjoy the immersive sound.

post #445 of 637
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Thanks, MuppetFace, for the very nice comments.

 

As you mentioned the noise floor in the LG is mostly set by the tubes because the buffers just transmit the tube sound, whatever it is, to the output.

 

You all may recall that in the LF I used a second jack with some small series resistors to reduce noise in high sensitivity, low impedance headphones. I removed this feature on the LG in favor of the 4 pin XLR because there seemed to be more demand for the latter.

 

But, we could consider making a short adapter cable that would simply have resistors in the line. If you anyone is interested let me know and I can look into it.

post #446 of 637
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You all may recall that in the LF I used a second jack with some small series resistors to reduce noise in high sensitivity, low impedance headphones. I removed this feature on the LG in favor of the 4 pin XLR because there seemed to be more demand for the latter.

 

But, we could consider making a short adapter cable that would simply have resistors in the line. If you anyone is interested let me know and I can look into it.

 

I'd definitely be interested in that.

 

I've been listening to the LG all morning. It sounds great with the stock tubes, but with 12SN7 Hytrons... it just takes it to another level. Utterly hypnotic!

post #447 of 637

Hi Alex, I am very interested in the LG headphone amplifier, but something here I was concerning...

First, could I use a balanced soucre with XLR output via a XLR cable + XLR-RCA adapter? Does this cause damage to the amp?

Second, does this amp comsumed tubes very soon? or it can live with a pair of good tubes for a long, long time?

Third, I am using Woo WA22+ HE-500/HD800 now. What should I expected if I changed my amp to LG?

post #448 of 637
I just fired up my brand spankin' new LG for the first time and Oh Boy, does this thing kick butt!!

Brahms #4 and Mahler #2 so far, with my LCD-3's. Exquisite detail and soundstage, and I'm only using the stock tubes. Im hearing details I've not heard before. And I haven't even begun rolling my prodigious tube collection yet, nor is the amp even broken in.

Many thanks to Alex for making such a beautiful device, and for such excellent personal attention.

Wow, is this going to be fun!
post #449 of 637

I got my LG back from Alex yesterday but haven't unpacked it yet.  I've been watching a friends' dog, so I'm not to eager to expose the LG to potential slobber.  I really can't wait to get it back into my system.

post #450 of 637

Wait! You haven't heard of the slobber tweak? It makes the Liquid Glass even more 'liquid'.

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