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Now, I can not believe what kind of music comes out the Lio. I use the LIO with dac, DHT PRE and active speakers. In addition I regularly use the LIO headphone amplifier and my desription applies to both setups.
I havent’t been in the hifi hobby for almost 20 years , comeback with LIO is joy beyond compare
So I have my DHT Pre quite a while ... . My first impressions were mixed. -Although Vinnie's description of the sound was quite accurate, in comparison to the AVC-tube module everything was a bit too laid back. S. Ebaen‘s description in the first part of his DHT PRE review shows it well and coincides with my experience.But after 2 weeks regular use the sound changed clearly, I haven't changed my setup. Suddenly speed and punch was back in my setup. Now, I can not believe what kind of music comes out the Lio. I use the LIO with dac, DHT PRE and active speakers. In addition I regularly use the LIO headphone amplifier and my desription applies to both setups. I am now looking forward to the experience from the tube tour and maybe I will experiment with other tubes (unfortunately I can’t participate the tour). But it's hard to imagine that music enjoyment can be increased considerably in a Hifi setup (with similar expenses).The second thing I will mention, is the expandable concept of LIO – exceptional! Sure some upgrades will not come cheap but you have the choice!!! Closing remarks: I havent’t been in the hifi hobby for almost 20 years , comeback with LIO is joy beyond compare Thank you very much Vinnie !
I think I read about it somewhere, but cannot find it with the search again.Could you tell me the difference between Nude RVC and Autoformer, what one does better than the other, please?Oh, and there was supposed to be a photo of DHT PRE with a cover on top of the tubes. Is there one you could share? Thanks.
Lots of great pics on Vinnie's website!George
Thanks, George, but none with the cover on the tubes. At least I couldn't find one.
Could you tell me the difference between Nude RVC and Autoformer, what one does better than the other, please?
Vinnie, thank you very much for the detailed answer.So do both, AVC/Tubestage and DHT PRE, serve as a preamp? I understand one can choose either or.
Yes, both are line stages. The AVC/TS is passive with a tube buffer and can provide +7db gain due to the autoformer. The DHT is an active gain stage and provides 6-9db of gain.
You can always upgrade later (e.g. swap AVC/Tubestage for DHT PRE, at 100% trade-in credit!) and add modules later. That'swhat LIO is all about! Vinnie
I'm also hoping before too long to try out my system attached to a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1s and see how they do in my room. But I could also happily stay where I am for a long time!
Hi VinnieI recently moved my stereo to a new cabinet and fiddling around with some cables yesterday I noticed that somehow that the switch at the back of the Ultracap/DHT LPS had been flicked down to the 2A3 position.I'm not sure when this happened or even if I have actually used the LIO with the 2A3 switch activated. I have KR PX4 tubes; would I have damaged the LIO or tubes if I had used it with the 2A3 switch activated?Also, with my KR tubes, would the LIO even work with the switch on?Thanks
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