Hi David C. and Ultralight,Thank you!
Herb Reichert of Stereophile is currently reviewing a fully-loaded LIO. It should hit the newsstands this Fall!
By the way, Vinnie, what configuration is the Newport LIO: autoformer volume control or resistor volume control + tubestage?
It was RVC + Tubestage (stock JJ E88CC tubes)
Definitely by the next show, it will be AVC + Tubestage "combo module."
I'm still at Newport Beach, but will be flying home this evening and will finally be back home in MA (after going from Japan to Portland to Newport Beach) tomorrow. I have A LOT of emails, phone calls, etc. to catch up on. Thanks for all your patience and understanding...
All the best,