A question to the happy LIO owners - anyone with high sensitivity speakers or Audio Note owners?
How does the combination sound at low volume? Please share your impressions.
Here is some history - why I am asking about this particular combination (pardon me for being a little bit off topic).
I switched from the wonderful ProAc Response One SC (84dB) to Audio Note AN-E SPe HE (98dB).
So far I am delighted with the AN speakers' musicality, naturalness, and sense of scale (compared to mini-monitors), but only at mid to high volume.
I very often listen at whisper-levels, and with ProAc I grew accustomed to hearing full-spectrum music with good dynamics at very low volume.
Not so with Audio Note, quite contrary to my expectations, until I go relatively loud the sound seems muffled and I hear no HF info.
First I thought that the AN speakers were to blame, to the point of damaged HF drivers. But hearing them playing loud changed my opinion.
May be it's the amplifiers that have their first half-watt not up to the task. Even low volume on 84dB sensitive ProAcs would require some good juice.
It is a known fact that a great many amps are not suited for low-level listening - they don't open up until they are kicked well.
I wouldn't think that my amps are of this variety (Berning ZH-270, Wavac MD-811, VTL TT-25), but ability to deliver good current at low voltage may not be their best side.
On the other hand, the super-capacitor based LIO amp (transistors are more high current able devices compared to tubes) may be the answer to my case.
Sharing your impressions and advice will be highly appreciated