Triad Audio L3

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THIS NEW Amplifier from TRIAD Audio takes the Legendary LISA III circuit and Packages it into a smaller more Versatile Amp. First, we replaced the ¼” Headphone jack with a 1/8” Stereo Mini jack to use IEM type Headphones. In addition, another 1/8” Mini jack Input located next to the headphone Output and connected to the rear mounted RCA Inputs. Also located upon the rear is a gain switch to accommodate high sensitivity IEM Type Headphones. A DC Coaxial power connector to allow operation and battery recharging from the AC power also provided.

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LISA III Portable Headphone Amplifier
Technical Specifications
Device Type        Solid State (IC Op-Amp/Buffer Discretehybrid)
Class of Operation     DYN-O-BIAS II> Dynamically biased non
Bass Boost parameters    Switching output stage..+3dB@160Hz +12dB@ 32Hz. Maximum
Frequency Response    Frequency Response @ 100 mW Into a 45Ohm Load.D.C.-1.6 MHz. Within +0 to - 3dBD.C.- 600 KHz. Within +0 to - 1 dB...
Signal-to-Noise Ratio    Signal to Noise ratio relative to RatedPower Output. Input Shorted > 100 dB “A” Weighted..
Total Harmonic Distortion    Typical Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 
                @ rated Output 15 –  30,000Hz
                @15 Hz.___< 0.09%
                @1KHz.___ < 0.04%
                @ 30 KHz.___ < 0.05%
Stereo Crosstalk    >95dB @ 1KHz...
Voltage Gain        13.141dB (Av= 4.54)
Input Impedance        50K ohms /100pF...
Input Sensitivity    200mV to 3.0Vrms...
Output Impedance    Less than 0.3 Ohms DC-20KHz & < than 1ohm @ 200KHz..
Output Voltage        5.0 Volts RMS from DC- 500KHz @ 1,000Ohms...
Minimum Continuous sine wave PowerOutput
Per channel from 20-20,000Hz
With less than 0.1% THD + Noise
Internal Batteries    9.6v Load Impedance470 mW_ 14 Ohms270 mW 32 Ohms200 mW_ 45 Ohms
Inputs/Outputs        (2) RCA inputs, (1) ¼” Inch headphone output...
Operating Voltage    20-24 VDC@50mA..
Power Consumption    26 mA Quiescent..

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Are you planning to actually review this amp or just post the technical specifications?!? 
Just the specs, I found it very hard to find! here it is
Pros: Best audio quality you can get in a portable amp, period.
Cons: Yes it's a brick and yes the battery pack it comes with is pathetic and yes the dumbest thing of all Triad charge $800.00 and no charger.
If you want the very best audio quality out there this is still the best portable amp I've found. I've been searching for the last four or five years to find to something better and wasted a heap of money in the process. The list of quality portable amps I own is about as long as your arm. The closest amp I've found to so far is the ALO MK-3B+ but it's still not as good as the L3. I've got two amps still coming that might be a chance the Centrance M8 and a Just Audio AHA-120. I put a pre order in for the M8 and from the feedback I've read so far that's probably not going to cut it either, so that leaves the AHA-120. 
Managing the L3.
Ok so Triad charge you $800.00 and don't even supply a charger. So here's what I do, don't even bother buying a charger the battery pack in the L3 is a joke anyway. Remove the two screws and open up the L3 and take out the battery pack. The battery pack is stuck in with a type of adhesive so gently lift it from either end while holding down the board it's attached to and it will release. Replace it with two iPower Pro Lithium 9v batteries IP9V520 this will give you around 10+ hours running time. As I recall the original battery pack took 4 or 5 hours to charge and lasted between 2.5 to 3 hours max. When traveling I carry an extra two charged batteries and switch over as needed. Important to remember if you do have a charger for the original battery pack DON'T USE IT TO CHARGE THE LITHIUM BATTERIES. The lithium batteries have to be removed each time and charged on a lithium charger.  
Thanks Lee
Using a PSU means I'm no longer portable and that's an entirely different story. 
Did you ever hear the old Lisa 3? If so how much better is the new one? I wasn't overly impressed with the old one - especially given the price. Sounds like they made a few improvements.
Hi CustomNuts
No I've never heard the Lisa 3. From what I've read the build quality of the Lisa 3 left a lot be desired but guys put up with it because the audio was so good. I find a lot of the portable amps on the market have a very hard edge digital sound and quite sterile. I find the L3 sounds more analog and has a real warmth to it that just makes you want to crank it up. 
Pros: power, grip, driving fidelity for low and high Ω headphones, good build quailty
Cons: no 6,3mm headphone jack, poor interface elements, poorly labelled
The full review of this nice amp is up at TouchMyApps. For the sake of brevity, the L3 is a fascinating amp because it is positioned in the market as a premium product. It certainly does a good job of performing into any set of headphones and earphones. Low Ω earphones don't daunt it, and unless you are pushing 100% volume at high gain WITH bass boost, the signal will remain strong into DT880 600Ω level headphones from the battery. Mains will fix any errors otherwise.
There is a slight noise in the signal with sensitive earphones and the output pops when power is pushed on/off. 
The real problems are in its layout, which is sub-par for an amp of this price. The front panel is too cramped, the input is too close to the bass boost pot, the gain switch is up for low and down for high, and there is no 6,3mm headphone jack despite harbouring RCA inputs (presumably for hooking up to a hifi system). 

The L3 performs, yes, but with so many other trade offs that don't point to an amp of 800$. I'd take a Tralucent T1 and with the savings get a desktop amp of equal power for use with a HiFi. That is the best of both worlds.
I do not own this amp. I am borrowing it.
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