While they both have small form factors and house the Cavalli sound, the portable is intended to be truly portable, and the Carbon is more of a transportable desktop amp. The portable has a battery circuit producing around 15 hours of runtime, and can also be run/charge from USB. The Carbon is more powerful, larger, and can run single ended as well as balanced all the way through. The Carbon outputs quite a bit more power and is better suited for harder to drive cans, although the Carbon's noise floor is very low. So with Carbon you gain fully balanced, even more power - and the portable you get USB connectivity, and a charging circuit in a truly portable form. They are just for different audio solutions depending on your needs
As some of you have heard we are about ready to open the naming contest. I am really happy to finally get this going.
BUT IT ISN'T OPEN YET.
Many of you have been following the slow progress of the CA portable for some time. Some number of you have posted names to the threads. I have posted on a number of occasions asking you all not to do this since you are putting your ideas into the public domain. Others have posted noting this as well.
Thank you all for the really good names you have posted, but please don't post any more of them.
As you all know a contest has to be fair with a well defined process. We have put this together and there will be a fairly standard set of contest rules and limits on submissions.
I would like to ask you all again, please DO NOT post names to open forums. NONE OF THESE can be considered official submissions to the contest. Even if you go back and point out that you were the first to post a particular name this cannot and will not be considered an official submission.
The only submissions that will be accepted are the ones entered through the contest entry mechanism. Only official entries will be considered by the judges. We are planning to run the contest using the FB infrastructure available for doing this.
On the bright side three terrific individuals have agreed to judge the contest:
Who could ask for better than this!!!???
Many thanks to these gentlemen for taking on this, almost certainly, difficult job of picking a winner out of all the great names you are about to submit.