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post #196 of 406
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More here from me to finish up.  If there's repetition so be it.

 

The low level listening on the amp is superb. I really didn’t hear what some criticize SS amps as being to clinical etc. I listened to very familiar music and heard detail, layering of vocals I’d never experienced before. The reproduction of bass and drums is the best I’ve heard in a phone amp with the bass being totally defined. Again I’ve not heard a phone amp pull that one off. There is so much greater definition than I get from the LF. I knew that if I increased the volume I didn’t lose anything either. It felt like it would just keep going until I’d reach a level my ears couldn’t tolerate. My only regret is that I couldn’t listen to this with LCD3’s and a big DAC like an MSB. I believe at that point you’d be knocking on the doors of Nirvana. As much as I could get from my Wyred4Sound DAC2 I am sure more could be had but that’s the audiophile in me!

 

I listened to all sorts of file playback: 24/96, 24/192, ISO SACD files, and vinyl rips in 24/96 and 24/192. I also played around using Single ended and balanced plus balanced in and TRS out etc. You are right that the balanced is the best. The others setups were still incredibly good as well. Some of my favorite tracks for testing in the rock idiom are “White Room” from the DCC gold disc plus I have a vinyl non CSG rip that is merciless. My 15 year-old daughter even listened to that one and no-joke I could barely get the phones back from her and she is a die-hard-now-generation-ear-bud-person. I also listened to Allman Brothers live at the Fillmore East “Hot Lanta” If the impact of the bass and drums comes across then you have a winner which this does in spades. Most phone systems just don’t get that across with that tune. On the vocal end I listen to Beethoven’s ninth DG Von Karajan(1969 issue). The last minute of that is the big vocal windup and anything not up to it just muddies the whole deal plus won’t enact the vocal and symphonic force behind it. Part of the passage has timpani going sympathetic with any low end and I could pick up all the definition in the bass and hearing the little modulations(that goes for the whole symphony for that matter). Pet Sounds in the new MFSL SACD has beautiful vocal passages brought out in this stereo mix that are just smooth and beautiful. I have Sgt Pepper in 24 bit remaster, 24/96 vinyl reissue rip and mono. On “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” the mono has the vocal flanging you don’t get on stereo but...........I could actually hear some of the flanging in Lennon’s vocal this time. “Voodoo Chile” 24/96 rip from the Track Record vinyl............oh boy!

 

I could go on and on. After I did my initial six hour listening tests it was me frantically going through my library to enjoy a multitude of tracks I love. Every time I sit down to listen I don’t want to get up. A similar experience I had with the Liquid Fire but better.  

^^ What tubes are you using in your LF?

post #197 of 406

Wow, looks nice but man the price blink.gif

 

Is the LAu going to have a limited production order or ?

post #198 of 406
Yes only 30 well be made.
post #199 of 406

Would love to hear impressions how it performs in comparison to GS-X... ready to pull the trigger on either one.

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Yes only 30 well be made.

 

Whoa hold on now- only 30 LAu will be made ever?

post #201 of 406

The first run will be 30. Quite a few are already taken.

 

There will likely be more production runs though.

post #202 of 406
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Pull the trigger on this one!
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Would love to hear impressions how it performs in comparison to GS-X... ready to pull the trigger on either one.
post #203 of 406
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Originally Posted by Icenine2 View Post

Pull the trigger on this one!

Need more info to justify 2x price over gs-x...
So far the only advantage known to me is that you'll probably receive it in 2-3 weeks if ordered now, comparing to 3-4 months lead time for gs-x
post #204 of 406
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Would love to hear impressions how it performs in comparison to GS-X... ready to pull the trigger on either one.

I would love to check out that comparison as well.  However, I doubt that anyone has auditioned the two amps side-by-side in a control environment.  Meet impression can also be very misleading as manufactures tend to use different source, and cable.  Most importantly, the  Liquid Gold is more than twice the price of the GS-X MKII.

post #205 of 406

I wonder if anyone technically competent could explain differences between the amps "on paper", based on available specs? 

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I would love to check out that comparison as well.  However, I doubt that anyone has auditioned the two amps side-by-side in a control environment.  Meet impression can also be very misleading as manufactures tend to use different source, and cable.  Most importantly, the  Liquid Gold is more than twice the price of the GS-X MKII.

Offtopic a bit: purk have you found anything better than your SDS so far? (Assuming it's hank's one still).

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Offtopic a bit: purk have you found anything better than your SDS so far? (Assuming it's hank's one still).

 

For single-end operation, not yet.  But for a balanced drive compared to my SDS's single-end output, the Gilmore Reference Balanced and GS-X MKII are just as good.

post #208 of 406

Guess it's true the GSX-MK2 is really that good. Guess I have to get one before I move on.

post #209 of 406

Does the Liquid Gold use the TKD 2500-series potentiometer? Thanks. (I like this particular pot.)

post #210 of 406

Alex custom orders them from TKD , not sure if it is the same taper but they look pretty much identical..dB

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