I know you have stopped production of the LIO but I think you were looking into some upgrades for it earlier this year (above). Is this still a possibility in the future?
Thank you for your post.
1) The short answer is:
I highly doubt I will have any time to look into it this year, as I have too many projects in the works, and need to get into production of L2i and L2i-SE next month (right after the RMAF show).
2) The longer answer is:
Any 'significant' upgrade (and it certainly should be significant enough to make it worth pursuing in the first place) to LIO is likely going to involve a considerable amount of development time and cost.
We're talking changes to the chassis, power supply, and even motherboard.
We already have upgrades for:
- DAC 1.0 to DAC 2.0
- RVC/Tubestage to AVC/Tubestage
- AVC/Tubestage to DHT PRE
- LIO Phonostage to L2 Phonostage
(And the ability to add-on modules that one does not currently have installed)
I believe that one would most likely find that trading-in their LIO to the upcoming L2i or L2i-SE Integrated Amplifier, by the end of this year, will not only make more sense financially - but will give you a much higher performing integrated amplifier (in a much higher quality enclosure). This would, by far, give you the biggest upgrade compared to anything I can ever imagine doing to LIO. And those who already have LIO DAC 2.0 can have it swapped into the L2i or L2i-SE.
If this upgrade is not in the cards, then it makes the most sense to simply enjoy your LIO, and if you ever find you need more output power, then use your LIO as a preamplifier/dac/phonostage and add a higher power amplifier or monoblocks to it (or upgrade to higher sensitivity speakers if you rather keep it as an all-in-one unit).
And please know that I will continue to support all my LIO customers directly, no matter if you upgrade to L2 or not.
I hope this response is helpful,