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post #46 of 406

The BHSE isn't the only good choice anymore... See: Cavalli LL2

 

The Gold with an HD800 might be excellent, but I doubt they'll ever be an 009. ;)

 

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WOW! for 6K I would really be looking how it compares to the BHSE and 009 set up. Considering that I would have to start from scratch to get the stats, this could be an alternative for ultimate fidelity. Thoughts on this comparison?

post #47 of 406

Damn... this looks very impressive. I don't know if I could ever convince myself to pay $6500 though. That's too bad because I'm very much enjoying my LG.

post #48 of 406
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Alex was originally going to call the LG the LSiO2 but we talked him out of it.

 

Large Scale integrated O2 amps? Meaning, shrinking a whole bunch of the O2s and fitting them all in one chassis? Nano-amplifiers, the newest technology.

post #49 of 406
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Large Scale integrated O2 amps? Meaning, shrinking a whole bunch of the O2s and fitting them all in one chassis? Nano-amplifiers, the newest technology.

Actually, it is the scientific term for silicon dioxide (SiO2). Even I couldn't convince myself to fork over $6.5k for the LAu unless I made that much in a month after bills and convince my spouse to buy it. Still the Liquid Gold is a sleek looking headphone amp.

post #50 of 406

I'm not doubting the sound here, but how about a set if RCA & XLR loop out as well as labeling each inputs & outputs in the back of the amp. L3000.gif

post #51 of 406

Ah, good point about the lettering. I'll add this to the website. The pre-production amp went out without the lettering on the back, but the production units will, of course,  be lettered in the same way as the LG and LL2.

 

I thought a lot about loop outs (LL2 has them), but I decided that size was critical. The LAu is very small when you actually have it sitting on your desk (at least it is to me). The enclosure is filled with the main board and the transformer, etc. To add loop outs would require significant extension of the width of the amp. I do understand, though, your thought on this.

 

Perhaps a few other things about the internals you might find helpful. The LAu has custom heatsinks. They span the inside from top to bottom and actually go through cutouts in the board, two heatsinks per channel. In addition they are well connected thermally to the top and bottom panels with screws (powder coating on the inside of these panels is masked off to retain the bare aluminum). This allows the heatsinks to transfer quite a bit of heat to the top/bottom panels for better power dissipation in the amp and is what makes it possible for the amp to deliver all those watts. Your HE6s or LCD3s will never feel starved for power again. L3000.gif

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post #52 of 406
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Ah, good point about the lettering. I'll add this to the website. The pre-production amp went out without the lettering on the back, but the production units will, of course,  be lettered in the same way as the LG and LL2.

 

I thought a lot about loop outs (LL2 has them), but I decided that size was critical. The LAu is very small when you actually have it sitting on your desk (at least it is to me). The enclosure is filled with the main board and the transformer, etc. To add loop outs would require significant extension of the width of the amp. I do understand, though, your thought on this.

 

Perhaps a few other things about the internals you might find helpful. The LAu has custom heatsinks. They span the inside from top to bottom and actually go through cutouts in the board, two heatsinks per channel. In addition they are well connected thermally to the top and bottom panels with screws (powder coating on the inside of these panels is masked off to retain the bare aluminum). This allows the heatsinks to transfer quite a bit of heat to the top/bottom panels for better power dissipation in the amp and is what makes it possible for the amp to deliver all those watts. Your HE6s or LCD3s will never feel starved for power again. L3000.gif

I can see your point of excluding the RCA & XLR out to keep the size small.  However, the potential owner of your LAu will likely own additional setup for their dynamic rigs.  Having loop output allows them to utilize the same source signal.  Of course, un-hooking and hooking up interconnects aren't too difficult either.  smily_headphones1.gif  

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I can see your point of excluding the RCA & XLR out to keep the size small.  However, the potential owner of your LAu will likely own additional setup for their dynamic rigs.  Having loop output allows them to utilize the same source signal.  Of course, un-hooking and hooking up interconnects aren't too difficult either.  smily_headphones1.gif
  

More dynamic amps along with the LAu? What, one 6.5k headamp isn't good enough? biggrin.gif

I'd just get a Mapletree passive swith. No degrade sound and lots of flexibility.
post #54 of 406
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More dynamic amps along with the LAu? What, one 6.5k headamp isn't good enough? biggrin.gif

I'd just get a Mapletree passive swith. No degrade sound and lots of flexibility.

Sorry....was going to say "Electrostats Amp".  biggrin.gif

post #55 of 406

OK. So.... It seems like a quite a big a departure, price-wise, from other headamps I have encountered on HeadFi (san e-sats). Could someone from the shop explain the price? 

post #56 of 406

^ How 'bout the Apex Pinnacle? That's a $10k dynamic headphone amp.


Edited by MuppetFace - 4/19/13 at 12:45am
post #57 of 406
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^ How 'bout the Apex Pinnacle? That's a $10k dynamic headphone amp.

good question

post #58 of 406
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

OK. So.... It seems like a quite a big a departure, price-wise, from other headamps I have encountered on HeadFi (san e-sats). Could someone from the shop explain the price? 

 

Most of the flagship offerings are usually around the 4-5k price range, so yes it's a bit more expensive (third? most expensive dynamic amp currently in production).

post #59 of 406

nice!!!!!!

post #60 of 406
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Most of the flagship offerings are usually around the 4-5k price range, so yes it's a bit more expensive (third? most expensive dynamic amp currently in production).

probably the third after the apex pinnacle and rudistor rp-2000

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