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post #166 of 406

name calling isnt very nice... in any case, if you are paying for the knobs to be "custom machined," i think they may be taking you for a ride.  it looks exactly like an Alcoswitch

 

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Originally Posted by dBel84 View Post

That was so clearly a troll post and should be treated as such . Wins the Originality award for the day
post #167 of 406
Edited, was already clarified
post #168 of 406
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post

For so much money, i'd expect more than the mass-market case, and the ebay volume knob... maybe it's just me

 

El_Doug, I have always felt strongly that everyone has the absolute right express opinions, even when they don't like my amps. biggrin.gif I am never offended by this because there is stuff that I don't particularly like either, both SQ and look.

 

But, in light of your use of the words "mass-market", I think I should record some FACTs about the LAu (and other current CA enclosures).

 

1. The side panels of the LAu start as aluminum sheet stock. They are machined to 1/2" thick with rounded corners on the outsides. They weigh quite a bit.

2. The rear panel is 3/16" aluminum sheet specially machined for the jack arrangement.

3. The front panel is 1/4" aluminum sheet specially machined for the various controls. The filet around the outside of the front panel is made with a custom mill to get its unique shape.

4. The top and bottom panels are 90mil aluminum sheet custom punched to have the ventilation patterns that I want for heatflow through the amp.

5. There are four heatsinks inside the LAu. They are custom made from heatsink stock. They are first cut overlength and then machined to exactly the dimension between the top and bottom panels.

6. The lettering on the front panel is engraved using a 20mil end mill. It takes a very long time to cut out the letters because it is so easy to break the tool. After engraving it is bead blasted and anodized.

7. The volume knob is custom made from aluminum rod stock and anodized.

8. The feet disks are custom made from aluminum rod stock and anodized.

9. The sides, top, bottom, and rear are custom powder coated. The insides of the top and bottom are masked so that ...

10. The heatsinks are screwed to both top and bottom to transfer heat at their contact surfaces where the powder coating is masked off. This permits greater heat dissipation in a smaller box because now both top and bottom are helping out. Heatsinks are delivered natural Al and are anodized after they are machined.

11. The transformer is a custom made (to my specs) RCore.

12. The power switch is a custom made piezo switch assembled in housings that are custom made for me only.

13. The fastening points are all PEMS with thick interior aluminum brackets for rock solid construction.

 

There's probably more. Anyone has the right to believe that the LAu is a mass market construction, but I can assure you that it is not. If fact, it takes a tremendous effort by 4-5 suppliers to just make the enclosure.

Dr. Cavalli gained notoriety with his first DIY amplifier projects. His success has blossomed into Cavalli Audio, a world leader in amplifier design.
post #169 of 406
At the very least, El_Doug should retract his statement.
post #170 of 406
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At the very least, El_Doug should retract his statement.

I don't think so Nick. As Alex put it, it's his right to "express his opinion". dBel84 however, should withdraw his. 

 

Oh...Happy Easter buddy!

post #171 of 406
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I don't think so Nick. As Alex put it, it's his right to "express his opinion". dBel84 however, should withdraw his. 

Oh...Happy Easter buddy!

I meant the mass-production statement, since its obviously not true. He can of course say he doesn't like it all he wants.

And an early Христос воскресна to you!
post #172 of 406
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And an early Христос воскресна to you!

beerchug.gif

post #173 of 406

Oh, I do retract it - sounds like the build quality is top notch!  Of course, I expect nothing less from Cavalli, they always get praise for build quality.  Guess despite all that hard work, it looks like an oem case to me - seems it's simply not to my taste :D 

post #174 of 406
And, on the most off-topic comment of the day, let me proudly say that I successfully deployed a web server on my sprinkler controller and nothing blew up so far. Shell scripts to run sprinklers yeah baby!
post #175 of 406
There are times a spade is just a spade
post #176 of 406

next step, control them from your android ;) 

 

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And, on the most off-topic comment of the day, let me proudly say that I successfully deployed a web server on my sprinkler controller and nothing blew up so far. Shell scripts to run sprinklers yeah baby!
post #177 of 406
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post

Oh, I do retract it - sounds like the build quality is top notch!  Of course, I expect nothing less from Cavalli, they always get praise for build quality.  Guess despite all that hard work, it looks like an oem case to me - seems it's simply not to my taste biggrin.gif 

The biggest improvment across all the recent Cavalli amps over old ones is the build quality. They're pretty stunning in person. It's plain for sure but it really doesn't look or feel that way in person.

I do get where you'd call OEM on it though.
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post

next step, control them from your android wink.gif 

Works from my iPhone, so I assume android should be just fine :-)
post #179 of 406
Quote:El Doug No 1

For so much money, i'd expect more than the mass-market case, and the ebay volume knob... maybe it's just me

 

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edit:  the amp chassis is clearly a great piece of work - ignore the previous statement :) 

 

 

...i still think it's ugly though :P

 

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7. The volume knob is custom made from aluminum rod stock and anodized.

I seem to remember a heap of pundits criticising the HD800 for looking plasticky.

 

Whether or not the perception equals reality, the fact still stands that perception is the only commodity most people have access to.

 

Sadly this hurts many times, but it still does not disqualify the perception of the individual.

 

If the individual desires to research the matter to find out the truth, well and good, but,

If the individual doesn't care to go further into the subject, that is their right.  

After all, ignorance is bliss, and one person's picasso is another's pig-sty.

If the amp looks like a piece of art to one, and a pig in a poke to the other that's life.

 

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire

post #180 of 406

AFAIK, the objections weren't over someone thinking the amp was ugly. They weren't even over someone thinking the amp looked like a generic OEM build. Rather they were over someone implying the amp was a generic OEM build (some of those posts seem to be gone now).

 

That has less to do with the perception of Picasso and pig styes and more to do with insinuations about someone's business practices, methinks. And while it's the individual's right to not investigate further and find the truth, it's also the manufacturer's right to clarify what actually goes into making his amps.

 

On a forum perception is indeed an important commodity; not just concerning products, but also concerning people. Everyone posts for one reason or another, and sometimes we have perceptions about those posts. Take the perception that "this person is trolling." It may hurt, but it doesn't disqualify the perception.

 


 

At the risk of being slightly on topic, I don't think the LAu (and LL2) is a particularly photogenic amp. It's much nicer looking in person in my opinion. Hard to see the detail like the engraved lettering and different textures of the materials. I can see how the amp might look somewhat OEM in some of those shots that were posted. In person though it's really quite nice in a rather utilitarian but slick way (again, in my opinion of course). 


Edited by MuppetFace - 5/5/13 at 11:09am
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