I'm just hearing about the LIO but don't understand it yet. What I'm interested in is a unit that has AVC volumm controls (like Bent Audio) and a tube line stage to use with an external dac and photo stage. Can the LIO do this? If so, talk to me about the line stage and the AVC's. Also about inputs and outputs types. I run balanced and unbalanced equipment. Also, How much gain would the line stage give me.
- With LIO you can make a linestage with 3 single-ended inputs, and for the volume control portion you can go with a passive resistor volume control (RVC, 64 steps, max gain = 0dB), or an autoformer volume control (AVC, 64 steps, max gain = +7dB).
- If you go with the RVC, you can follow it with a tube buffer (voltage gain = 0dB, but it does have current gain to get the output impedance < 200 ohms, and tube flavor).
- srb is correct above. At this time, you cannot get the tubestage if you get the AVC because they occupy the same location inside the LIO. And we are looking into an AVC module with tube output stage (essentially combining the AVC and Tubestage modules).
- srb is also correct that we are working on a modules for XLR (balanced) inputs, and balanced outputs.
to use with an external dac and photo stage
Don't forget that you can also try out the LIO DSD/PCM dac and LIO PHONOSTAGE modules at any time.
Curious about this — one gets a power consumption error when connecting an iPhone via CCK… is the XMOS powered by the USB? Or is it powered by LIO, but for some reason appears like a heavy power draw?
It would be nice to overcome this hurdle… and if one didn't have the headphone amp module, a header to move/add USB port to the front panel, since Neutrik makes those anyway…
The XMOS is powered by the LIO.
At this time, iPhone / iPads are not supported.
I like your idea to add a Neutrik USB on the front panel for this - very clever! Assuming one is not using the LIO headphone amp, it makes good sense! I'm glad I thought of it!