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All,The BALANCED INPUTS and OUTPUTS modules should be out sometime in August. Pricing and details coming soon (next month).- Vinnie
ANY idea of rough cost? I promise I wouldn't hold you to it. Also, how many pairs of XLR (Truly Balanced) outputs will it have?
Hi Mitch,If you are only using LIO as a dac (feeding into another preamp), then you would not need this module.If you are using LIO as a dac + preamp to feed another power amp, then YES - it would improve sound quality.Hope this helps,Vinnie[/quotVinnie The improvement would also apply to a unit with DAC, Pre, and Amp functions as well.. correct?
Thank you for your responseI think I will have it order tooBear with my English, the trade in option you offer is the module (part) that we need to swap and not the whole LIO, right ?
Continue to follow your developments with interest in light of the fabulous realization of conception to execution. Two questions:1. This takes one slot? If so, this means that it actually opens up a slot compared to RVC/Tube.2. Assuming the AVC/Tube and RVC/Tube both cost the same, is it conceivable that a fair percentage of listeners would prefer the RVC/Tube sound or is it so stark a difference that almost all would prefer AVC/Tube?
Hi firedog,Yes, if you want to change from AVC/Tubestage mode to AVC mode (or vise versa), you remove the two thumbscrews and slidethe top cover off. Then swap the two jumpers and you're ready to go. Thanks, BRM!Yes, you can order the XLR INPUTS module and/or XLR OUTPUTS module later and swap with the standard INPUTS / OUTPUTS module. They will be compatible with everything.Hi TomS,I can't think of anyone who loves RVC + Tubestage that will not love AVC/Tubestage even more. I put in a solid listening session last night. AVC + Tubestage is the perfect marriage and they really compliment each other.Compared to RVC + Tubestage (which as you know is very impressive already), AVC/Tubestage:- Even better transient response and dynamics - More open and transparent sounding- Finer low-level (low volume) detail retrieval. - Even better unraveling of subtle textures and nuances in the music - Worth noting for those who have not tried the AVC: It uses different relays (Pickering England)that are virtually silent when you change volume level. Just configured as a LIO preamp (linestage, with INPUTS and AVC/TUBESTAGE modules only) - I don't know ofany preamp that comes close to sounding this good anywhere at this price point, and I'm talking Aug 1st prices.At current pricing, it's a steal! 30-day return policy lets YOU be the judge. Vinnie
Hi yardbird4,Compared to the AVC, the AVC/Tubestage delivers a richer midrange (but not overly dense / this is NOT an overly tooooby kinda sound), and there is added texture and tonality. Vocals and superb!But NOT as the expense of speed, openness, detail, low volume detail. You really do get the best of both worlds with this one! The sound will also have dependency on the tubes you are using. My comments above are with the stock JJ E88CC tubes, as that is what comes with the AVC/Tubestage module. With some of those nice NOS tubes, it gets even better! More on that later...My order is in! Vinnie
Hi TomSLovely photos of the Lio innards with the AVC-Tubestage in place.What are some of the initial differences you've noticed between the RVC- Tubestage and the AVC-Tubestage? How hot is the Lio Integrated with the lid closed? Are you able to place your palm on the lid without needing to move away because of the heat? Best RegardsDennis
Dennis,Hopefully I'll log more listening time this weekend as we have family in town all this week, but I already sense the similar clarity and immediacy of my balanced TAP-X, with just the right touch of tube sweetness. It is definitely a step up from the RVC/Tubestage, which was already very, very good. I think Vinnie's description is spot on
Are you able to place your palm on the lid without needing to move away because of the heat?
I will say this - after trying it both ways, I will never go back to AVC mode. AVC + TUBES = All the best,Vinnie
I also forgot to post this, showing where you swap the jumpers if you want to run in pure "AVC" mode (vs.AVC + Tubestage mode, which labeled "TUBE" on the board.All the best,Vinnie
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