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Oh,Forgot to mention,i am running gamut rs5i 4 ohm speakers,which are current hungry monstersAnd the L2 mono’s do not even break a sweat. I was worried,that 75w into 8ohms,140w into 4 ohms would not be sufficient power for my gamuts,but NO PROBLEM!!! These amps have loads of current and are lightning fast.
A couple of weeks ago I returned home around 1 a.m. from a rip roaring Phish show on a school night with the alarm set for 430. By the time I arrived at home, the show was already downloaded and ready.
You see, I call my listening room (living room) varyingly “happy place”, “sonic wonderland”, etc. It’s the best. It was the best when I ran LIO as an integrated only. Got much better when I added a VR120, and now moving to the new L2’s I can say it really is my “sonic wonderland”....The ability of the LIO/L2 combo to deliver spot on reproduction of what really happened, at extreme ends of the volume spectrum was shocking to me. ALL of the details were perfectly clear.
we love the Phish! what show? Great job Vinnie.
I posted the following in the Axpona 2018 thread regarding a similar question about the caps (applies for the L2 Preamp and Monoblocks):Copy/paste:They are all linear supplies with very-low ESR (equivalent series resistance) electrolytic capacitors (not ultracaps). The ESR on the higher voltage rails of the L2 Monoblocks is actually even lower with these electrolytics that I am using compared to using ultracaps. The reason is because the total ESR of the cap bank on the rails using the ultracaps increases as you add them in series and you need many of them to get these voltage rails (approx. 4 times as many as I use in LIO). L2 does not have external power supplies. It is all internal (you can see the rear panel pics of the L2 Preamp and Monoblocks on our website).Vinnie
What lengths have you gone to, for mains RF filtering with the L2 range?
Hi Em2016,For the L2 Signature Monoblock, RF noise from the AC mains is highly filtered via the inductanceof the 500VA toroid, as well as a C-R-C-R-C filter after the rectification stage. That filter cutsout noise by -120dB at 100kHz. The amplifier stage itself has quite good power supply and common mode rejection ratios as well.I'm off to the NYC today and setting up for the NYAS tomorrow... if you can, come on over for a listen!Vinnie
Thanks Vinnie. So in terms of AC/mains borne RF noise, your L2 series measures as well as your LIO ultraCap? In your measurements?
Hello,I am finally traded in my B&W 800 Diamond 2 and getting for a brand new Wilson Audio Sasha DAW, and would like to know your opinion of driving this Wilson speakers with your L2 Signature Monoblocks ?Thank you
Sensitivity:91 dB (one watt at one meter at 1kHz)Nominal Impedance:4 ohms / minimum 2.48 ohms @ 85 HzMinimum Amplifier Power:25 watts per channel
The Stillpoints ULTRA MINI feature one ceramic ball bearing that acts as a vibration filter (isolator) to reduce the transfer of vibration to the audio component. It is a bidirectional isolation device that has no direct vertical path through them. The reduction of mechanical noise to the component delivers improvements such as a greater sense of space around instruments and performers, low-level detail retrieval, and microdynamic shadings.
I think the first two things you will notice about these monoblocks is their bass and their soundstaging. Whether kettle drums, a standup bass or a big pipe organ these amps have iron-fisted control of the bass. The bass is also deep, fast and powerful. The second thing I noticed was the soundstage, and it was huge. With the L2 Signature amps in my system, the soundstage floated behind the speakers and way to the outside of the speakers... The L2 Signatures allowed my system to do this better than any amp I have heard.The midrange has a wonderfully natural, relaxed, liquid, sweet and warm sound. Sinatra, or Ella’s voices or Ben Webster’s sax all sounded so relaxed and effortless. These power amps enabled me to hear layers of tones and textures of the music that came out of a very natural sounding background of silence. Performances were quite involving and moving at both low and loud listening levels.With these amps, my system also had the capability to let me hear the lushness from the strings and woodwinds. When you combine this midrange with the bass I talked about above, you have a real winner on your hands....These are simply very seductive sounding amplifiers.
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