VINNIE ROSSI L2i 100w Integrated amp w tube preamp - super quite

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NZ$ 24,995.00 ea (incl. GST)
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L2i A BRAND NEW MODEL - REALEASED LATE 2019:
The L2i is our response to “why not?” Why not simplify our L2 Signature Edition Integrated Amplifier (L2i-SE) for customers looking to avoid the expense of big, exotic direct-heated triodes like the 300B or 2A3? Why not offer the same flexibility, stunning build quality and appearance – including a large percentage of the Vinnie Rossi Signature Edition sound – at a more attractive price point? The L2i is Vinnie Rossi’s answer to that question.

The L2i’s gain stage incorporates a single pair of octal 6SN7 small triodes instead of inferior 12AX7/6922 types. The 6SN7 with its beefier plate structure is tonally far more sophisticated and our top choice when DHTs are too costly. Ours run in a dual-mono, class-A, grounded-grid circuit with zero feedback. This feeds a true dual-mono, high-bandwidth class-AB MOSFET output stage to make the L2i an exceptional hybrid integrated amplifier. The tubes set the sonic characteristics and the transistors add the high-current drive for challenging speaker loads. It’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario with very low maintenance or tube replacement costs.

This integrated amplifier reproduces music with terrific spaciousness, harmonic sophistication, liquidity and detail that transistors simply cannot achieve on their own. You also can inlude the L2 Dac and Phonostage options and full-function L2 remote handset. Merging all of this with superlative build quality, reliability and a 10-year warranty make the L2 a striking single-chassis proposition. It sits just one step below our flagship integrated but at a significant savings to offer you the highest performance/price ratio in our product line.

L2 OPTIONAL DAC- plug-in module available for L2i / L2iSE Integrated amps & L2 preamp 
L2 OPTIONAL PHONOSTAGE-MM/MZ plug-in module available for L2i / L2iSE Integrated amps & L2 preamp

Features

Specifications

Reviews

Features

L2i Features (Linestage/Preamp)
     Class-A, ultra wide bandwidth, dual 6SN7 octal triodes.  Also compatible with CV181, 6N8P and 6BL7 tube families. 
     Dual-mono layout patented Belleson super regulator feed for ultra-quiet linear voltage regulation of the triodes, and the (optional) L2 DAC and L2 Phonostage modules
     Discrete, 64-step resistor ladder volume control using Pickering England silent signal relays
     True active balanced (XLR) and single-ended (RCA) line level inputs and preamplifier outputs
     Internal “tube bypass mode” switches (replaces tube linestage with a Class-A JFET stage)  
     Included tubes: EH6SN7 (matched pair)
     Full-function aluminum remote control handset

L2i Features (Power output stage)
     Wide-bandwidth, purist Class AB MOSFET topology (only one pair of output devices)
     True dual-mono power supply with custom-wound toroidal power supply transformers
     WBT NextGen 0703cu Speaker Binding Posts
     Speaker outputs can be switched on/off via the front panel

Additional Features
     Solid, precision CNC machined aluminum chassis and “bank vault,” ball bearing control knobs
     Solid, precision CNC machined aluminum isolation base with Stillpoints ULTRA MINI feet
     Designed and manufactured by Vinnie Rossi in the USA
     10-year warranty

Specifications

Output Power: (Tested with 120Vac input) 100W RMS per channel into 8-ohms (170W RMS per channel into 4-ohms)
Output Impedance:  Approx. 0.1 ohm
Input Impedance:  Approx. 10k ohm (RCA and XLR inputs)
Frequency Response::  0.5Hz – 100kHz (+/- 1dB, with stock EH6SN7 tubes) / 0.5Hz – 150kHz (+/- 1dB, with Tube Bypass Mode Enabled)
Voltage Gain:  32dB (with stock EH6SN7 tubes) / 24dB (Tube Bypass Mode Enabled)
THD+N (with stock EH6SN7 tubes):  Less than 0.5%
THD+N (Tube Bypass Mode Enabled):  Less than 0.01%
AC Input:  Factory configured for 110-120Vac, or 220-240Vac (50/60Hz)
Protections:  Fused inputs for linestage and power output stage sections / MOV (AC input surge protection)  Output short circuit protection
Dimensions (with tube covers and isolation base installed):  approx. 438  x 368D x 222H mm
Weight:  approx. 23kg
Shipping weight:  approx. 27kg
Volume control: Balance control: 64 steps (approx. 1dB per step) from -∞ to +8dB 24 steps from L to R (approx. 1db per step)

Reviews

VINNIE ROSSIE LIO REVIEW SUMMARIES

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…a game-changer

“The base price of $4,875 USD for the [LIO Integrated] amplifier alone is a steal, but at $12,660 USD for all the options listed above – in one chassis – it is criminal for this level of sonic musicality.”  Rafe Arnott, PartTimeAudiophile.com (“Best of 2016 Award”)

“…the sheer fact of the LIO was undeniable. It’s different. It’s great. And with the unlimited upgradability, the value being offered has thrown down the gauntlet in the ring of today’s high-end.”  Scot Hull, PartTimeAudiophile.com (“Best of 2016 Award”)

 

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LIO roars! 

“If one wants the fragrance of direct-heated triodes pure… I’ve not heard or seen anything more powerful than this.”

“…Gives new meaning to the term plug ‘n’ play. It’s even more flexible and fun and useful than we knew when it first bowed. In my book, all of that—and whatever might be coming down the pike for it —makes it the one of 2016. ”

Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com (“2016 Component of the Year Award”)

 

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“…Musically Satisfying”

“Right out of the box, the Vinnie Rossi LIO played music that flowed smoothly and silkily—and was noticeably more quiet and grainless…”

“The LIO was extremely good at getting out of the way and letting this music have its way with me.”

“To my ears, it delivered the best of tubes (color, vividness, liquidity) and the best of solid-state (quietness, control). Its highly adapt­able modular design combines a fashionable Italianate aes­thetic with near-state-of-the-art sound.”

“If there is a more innovative and musically satisfying integrated ampli­fier than the Vinnie Rossi LIO, I have yet to experience it.”

Herb Reichert, Stereophile (“Class-A Recommended Component 2015, 2016, 2017”)

 

          

“I was impressed…”

“Sonically I found the LIO to be a highly transparent and extremely low-noise component that allowed the music to pass through it unscathed.”

“I was impressed by the LIO’s overall level of finesse and transparency.”

“The LIO consistently delivered music in a way that focused on the music.”

Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound (September 2015 issue, “Editor’s Choice Award 2016,” TAS 2017 Buyer’s Guide)

 

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DAR-KO Awarded!
“…tonality, timbre, textural detail, and finesse and, most of all, tonal density – the LIO takes it…
The LIO not only bundles speaker amp, head-amp and phono stage inside a single chassis, it keeps power supply to all three isolated from mains noise to wring stellar performance from each.”


John Darko, Digital Audio Review 

 

 

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LIO’s first professional review gets the coveted LUNAR ECLIPSE AWARD from 6Moons

It’s smart, handsome, changeable and fun. And it’s ultra hip…”

“…Unique…its novel play’n’plug concept of hifi legos [is] cool.”

“…the LIO by Vinnie Rossi gets very high marks. What’s more, you save yourselves thousands…”

“…Box count, functionality, future-proofiness and, first and foremost, value. No matter which direction you approach it from, LIO is a remarkable heavy hitter.”

“Rather than being set in stone, this concept is flexible, adaptive and ‘open source’. When you add it all up, the conclusion to this lengthy assignment really wrote itself as predestined and inescapable. When all the moons align as they do so very very rarely, we call it a Lunar Eclipse award.”

Srajan Ebaen, 6Moons.com

 



“…LIO can do it all.”

“…clarity is beyond anything I’ve heard at home.”

“…tone was brilliant, clear and sweet.”

“Any way you want it, the Vinnie Rossi LIO can deliver the best sound from your LPs, digital files, headphones or speakers, LIO can do it all.”

Steve Guttenberg, The Audiophiliac/CNET

 

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From the Newport Beach 2015 show report:

“…the new Vinnie Rossi LIO integrated amp would be my early pick for the best sound of Newport 2015.”

Herb Reichert, Stereophile

 

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Most Significant Product Introduction:  Vinnie Rossi’s LIO modular integrated amplifier

“By far the most innovative single amp, preamp, and integrated amp I came across at the show was this hybrid unit, the LIO Modular, designed by one Vinnie Rossi”

Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound (Newport Beach Show 2015)

“Build and sound quality are extremely impressive, so the LIO would be a cool product to own purely on the basis of its sound. It hyper-versatility, though, give it multi-purpose capabilities few other components I have seen could every hope to match.”

Chris Martens, The Absolute Sound (SoCal CanJam 2015)

 

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Best In Show, RMAF 2015

“…at the end of the day I’m still dreaming about the sound of the LIO/Harbeth system. Paired with the LIO the sound was spectacular.  Seamless top to bottom. Open, clear…but with great bass and dynamics. The LIO is doing all the right things…”

Lee Scoggins, Part-Time Audiophile (Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2015)

“…that room was magical. Paired with the new Vinnie Rossi separates, I was gobsmacked.”

Scot Hull, Part-Time Audiophile (Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2015)

 


…easy to recommend.

“Awe inspiring and terrific tonality.”

Frank Iacone, Headphone.Guru (Impressions from Newport Beach Show 2015)

“The Vinnie Rossi LIO is very easy to recommend.”

Aaron Kovics, Headphone Guru

 


…No noise floor – Zero

“Very black backgrounds… Voices and violin/string tone were sensational

…no noise floor – zero. The dynamics were stunning especially noticeable on drums/percussion and horns, low level details revealed easily.”

Kemper Holt, Enjoy the Music (Impressions from Capital Audio Fest 2015)

 

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Ten Significant Products:  Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014

“One of the biggest headaches for audiophiles who use digital products is obsolescence. Often a brand new cutting-edge device turns into a boat anchor overnight as newer formats become available. Vinnie Rossi… has come up with a solution that is so unique…”

Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound