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Just out of curiosity, what DACs did you use when developing the Liquid Carbon?  It would be a great frame of reference.  If the noise floor is as low that's been implied, then I guess the DACs used were quite outstanding as well?

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I used several different classes of DACs just to get a range of sounds. I have Resolution Audio Cantata DACs which are extremely good, but better for systems more tolerant of some noise. So I heard their noise but was able to get a sense of great sound from them.

 

I also used CypherLabs AlgoRhythm Solo. This is a good mid-range DAC with a balanced out. Then I used an iFi Nano. A good lower range DAC/headphone amp. Then there were the two DACs at the show, the Hugo Chord and the GeekOut. These were lent to us by several individuals from the LA area.

 

However, I don't really voice my amps to anything in particular. The main goal is to make them as transparent and neutral as possible while still retaining musicality (that quality that makes you want to tap your feet and snap your fingers and just get lost in the music). :)

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However, I don't really voice my amps to anything in particular. The main goal is to make them as transparent and neutral as possible while still retaining musicality (that quality that makes you want to tap your feet and snap your fingers and just get lost in the music). smily_headphones1.gif

I never let myself believe that the cavalli sound was going to be within my reach... Very, very excited.
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Then there were the two DACs at the show, the Hugo Chord and the GeekOut.

How did you find the Geek Out pairing with the Carbon? Which do you think would be more suitable, a 1.3vrms GO100 or a 4vrms GO1000?
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How did you find the Geek Out pairing with the Carbon? Which do you think would be more suitable, a 1.3vrms GO100 or a 4vrms GO1000?

 

They actually used the Geek Pulse, not the Geek Out (IIRC).  I only heard it with the Hugo.

 

The DAC implementations between the GO's are the same and the only difference is the amp.  Since you'll be bypassing the amp, getting the cheapest one you can, which would be the 450.

 

EDIT - Corrected which was cheapest.


Edited by Stillhart - 4/5/15 at 11:53am
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They actually used the Geek Pulse, not the Geek Out (IIRC).  I only heard it with the Hugo.

 

The DAC implementations between the GO's are the same and the only difference is the amp.  Since you'll be bypassing the amp, getting the cheapest one you can, which would be the 100.

 

Cheapest is the 450. The 100 is specialized for IEMs and sensitive headphones. It's only slightly less than the 1000.


Like Stillhart I heard the Liquid Carbon running off of the Hugo, so I can't speak to the Pulse pairing.

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Very excited reading all the positive impressions, and eager to buy a Liquid Carbon ASAP!
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I realise the DAC implementation will be the same and I am pretty happy with the Geek Out as a source (that said, I don't really have a higher end point of reference - ignorance is bliss...) I was referring to the optimal line out vrms for the Carbon.

1.3v for GO100, 2.6v for 450, 4.0v for 1000...

I have a GO100 but the 1000 is potentially pretty cheap atm on that other site...
Edited by vhsownsbeta - 4/6/15 at 11:09pm
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I am super excited to get this Cavalli amp for my office setup along with my AK240. Will this amp work with IEMs, without the usual buzzing noise floor, expected from powerful portable amps (like the ALO Rx Mk3 B)? Or is this only for full sized headphones?
Edited by sathyam - 4/5/15 at 3:09pm
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I am super excited to get this Cavalli amp for my office setup along with my AK240. Will this amp work with IEMs, without the usual buzzing noise floor, expected from powerful portable amps (like the ALO Rx Mk3 B)? Or is this only for full sized headphones?
with my roxannes in se there was some noise. but with parallel iems that Alex had for demo it was dead quiet.
post #57 of 5931

Oh man. I've been toying with having my AKG K701s converted for balanced operation since I picked up a Music Hall dac25.3 a while back, but I held off due to the difficulty of finding a reasonably priced balanced amp. With the Liquid Carbon on the horizon, think I should finally take the plunge?


Edited by randomx - 4/5/15 at 3:49pm
post #58 of 5931
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Hey y'all, I quoted over a bunch of Liquid Carbon impressions from the CanJam SoCal 2015 impressions thread... so you don't have to wade through 50+ pages of impressions about everything under the sun.  It's all in the first post:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/761088/new-cavalli-audios-liquid-carbon-mini-desktop-amp  :smile:


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Hey y'all, I quoted over a bunch of Liquid Carbon impressions from the CanJam SoCal 2015 impressions thread... so you don't have to wade through 50+ pages of impressions about everything under the sun.  It's all in the first post:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/761088/new-cavalli-audios-liquid-carbon-mini-desktop-amp  :smile:

 

Dang, that's a lot of quotes!  You must really like this one!

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Hey y'all, I quoted over a bunch of Liquid Carbon impressions from the CanJam SoCal 2015 impressions thread... so you don't have to wade through 50+ pages of impressions about everything under the sun.  It's all in the first post:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/761088/new-cavalli-audios-liquid-carbon-mini-desktop-amp  :smile:

 

Dang, that's a lot of quotes!  You must really like this one!

 

Lol, they're all your quotes guys... I have yet to contribute impressions of my own.  :D

 

The amp does sound amazeballs though, so I'll be ordering just like y'all as soon it's available.


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