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post #31 of 5931
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Originally Posted by runeight View Post
 

Yes, it has balanced in through 2 XLR connectors.

 

CryoK95, we are not exactly sure of release day, but based on all previous runs of Cavalli amps, I would guess about end of Summer.

 

Thanks for being upfront about everything, from the layout to the tentative schedule. Now I know to get something to tide me over, and I can get in line for a Carbon without having to be desperate for it to arrive. 

post #32 of 5931

Oh, someone asked about the size. The proto is 5" wide x 6.75" deep x 1.7" tall including the feet.

 

These dimensions may change a little, but I wouldn't expect any significant change. This proto is about the third of fourth iteration and its size is pretty stable now. I don't know exactly what it weighs, but it is extremely light and easy to throw into a backpack or a carrying case.

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post #33 of 5931

does it work with both voltages? 

 

Thanks! 

post #34 of 5931

I think you mean line/mains voltages??

 

If so, it has a universal SMPS in it so it will work anywhere from 85VAC to 250VAC, just like most walwarts and power bricks. Except that the PS is inside the amp. All you will need is a proper power cord for your location. :cool:

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post #35 of 5931
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Originally Posted by runeight View Post
 

I think you mean line/mains voltages??

 

If so, it has a universal SMPS in it so it will work anywhere from 85VAC to 250VAC, just like most walwarts and power bricks. Except that the PS is inside the amp. All you will need is a proper power cord for your location. :cool:

That's good news, thanks! Yes I meant the main voltage, I travel a lot and buying a power chord isn't really a big deal, carrying a 3kg power transformer it is. 


Edited by thomascrown - 4/2/15 at 4:21pm
post #36 of 5931

Do you ship to Norway? 

post #37 of 5931

We ship anywhere in the world, except US restricted countries.

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post #38 of 5931

This maybe isn't a question for this thread, but I find the SE->balanced thing to be really interesting.  Is it a feature that's unique to this amp, or to this price point?  I haven't heard of it before, but that's likely my fault...

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post #40 of 5931
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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

This maybe isn't a question for this thread, but I find the SE->balanced thing to be really interesting.  Is it a feature that's unique to this amp, or to this price point?  I haven't heard of it before, but that's likely my fault...

 

The SE vs. Bal thing has been around just about forever. Balanced signals were first used in early telephone lines because balanced signals have, what is called, high common mode rejection. Basically, what this means is that any noise picked up on long telephone lines is cancelled out at the receiving/repeater amp. Bal is also common in studio equipment for the same reasons. SE has been used for almost all HiFi/Stereo gear simply because it's cheaper to build.

 

However, not every amp makes both modes of operation possible or available. Most balanced amps do offer some form of SE operation either at the input or the output or both. For the output this is because it's usually easy to obtain a single ended output from a balanced amp although with some possible reduction in performance.

 

Since the Carbon is fully balanced and since many owners might have a single ended source or headphones terminated TRS we added this capability. In the Carbon hardly anything is lost using the SE input because it splits the signal to balanced. At the output, however, the power output is reduced simply because in SE mode it only uses half of each amp.

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post #41 of 5931

Thanks, @runeight.  I was more interested in its ability to accept a SE input but still run "fully balanced".  My understanding is that it's not "fully balanced" unless it's fed a balanced DAC signal as well.  I'm curious if that's something that's unique to Cavalli.

post #42 of 5931

It is not unique to me, but I like to provide this feature in my balanced amps. So the Liquid Gold, Liquid Lightning, and Carbon all have SE inputs that convert to balanced.

 

Yes, the entire system is not fully balanced unless all the pieces are, so Bal source, Bal inputs, Bal headphone wiring.

 

However, if the SE source is a good one, using the SE split input can be as good. At CanJam,, the Hugo was plugged into the SE inputs and I'm pretty sure that no one noticed. :)

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post #43 of 5931
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Originally Posted by runeight View Post
 

It is not unique to me, but I like to provide this feature in my balanced amps. So the Liquid Gold, Liquid Lightning, and Carbon all have SE inputs that convert to balanced.

 

Yes, the entire system is not fully balanced unless all the pieces are, so Bal source, Bal inputs, Bal headphone wiring.

 

However, if the SE source is a good one, using the SE split input can be as good. At CanJam,, the Hugo was plugged into the SE inputs and I'm pretty sure that no one noticed. :)

 

Yes, I heard it with the Hugo and it's one of the main reasons I'm here right now.  ;)  

post #44 of 5931
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Originally Posted by runeight View Post

It is not unique to me, but I like to provide this feature in my balanced amps. So the Liquid Gold, Liquid Lightning, and Carbon all have SE inputs that convert to balanced.

Yes, the entire system is not fully balanced unless all the pieces are, so Bal source, Bal inputs, Bal headphone wiring.

However, if the SE source is a good one, using the SE split input can be as good. At CanJam,, the Hugo was plugged into the SE inputs and I'm pretty sure that no one noticed. smily_headphones1.gif

Sounds awesome man. Any chance of coming out with your own balanced DAC to complement the liquid carbon? I'm sure many would be interested in having a full cavalli balanced setup.
post #45 of 5931

I bet the Hugo and Carbon would stack nicely together too.  They seem to be close in size...

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