VINNIE ROSSI LIO 25w tube Integrated amplifer - (super quite)

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NZ$ 9,500.00 ea (incl. GST)
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LIO Integrated Amplifier is an entirely new and utterly unique “super integrated” amplifier with game-changing technology, future-proof flexibility, exceptional value, and unequaled audio performance. We designed it for the listener seeking the highest level of musical purity, with long-term ownership and future innovation in mind.

LIO allows you to enjoy your music collection on a whole new level – one with less complexity, less clutter, fewer components and cables for a purer, more direct and deeper emotional connection to your music. Music is presented against a black void of silence to reveal every iota of musical truth. Its transparency, vast spaciousness and visceral impact have left listeners awestruck.

Since its introduction, LIO has earned a fanatical customer following and rave reviews for its revolutionary design and deeply musical, spacious, and engaging way of delivering music.

LIO signals the end of obsolescence and the rebirth of lasting value. The LIO Integrated Amplifier takes a modular approach, allowing owners to enjoy the benefits of additional features and future technologies effortlessly and economically.

REVIEWERS COMMENTS:
“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”) 

“…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”)

“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”) 

“…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  

“…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  

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)

ULTRA-CAPAICTOR POWER SUPPLY
LIO’s patent-pending, ultra-capacitor power supply (“PURE DC-4-EVR”) isolates audio circuitry from the noise and voltage fluctuations of AC mains power – without the need for an external power conditioner. Music flows from LIO in the most natural way, free of grain and background noise. Its vanishingly low output impedance ensures the highest possible current to deliver stunning transient attack with bass that is extended and impactful, yet tight and well defined.  Now featuring our Silent Switching technology!
Red Wine Audio is known for battery-powered components, but LIO uses ultra-capacitor banks in place of batteries. With two separate banks, one can be charged while the other is in use, so the LIO never needs to be put into “charging mode” and is always ready for use. 

INPUTS & OUTPUTS
The LIO INPUT SELECT module features 3 line-level stereo inputs with Cardas rhodium-plated RCA jacks. The LIO OUTPUTS module has one “fixed” level, and two “variable” output pairs of Cardas RCA jacks. One pair of variable outputs can drive an external power amplifier or a powered subwoofer, while the fixed output can feed any audio recording device or any outboard audio component with a volume control.

FUTURE PROOFED
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 of Red Wine Audio has come up with a solution that is so unique that he’s created an entirely separate company, LIO, to produce it.

The LIO PCM/DSD DAC
It is a modular design that employs a series of function-dedicated modules that can be combined to form a component that does exactly what the end-user wants it to do. There’s a MM/MC phonostage module, plus an RCL phono loading module that will permit users to alter cartridge loading from their listening position. Other modules include a MOSFET amplifier module, tube-stage module, and headphone amplifier module.

Features

Specifications

Reviews

Videos

Features

OPTIONAL EXTRA PLUG-IN MODULES:
LIO-DAC optional plug-in module - DAC RCA for LIO integrated & preamp @ RRP $1,750ea
LIO-DAC2 optional plug-in module - DAC2 @ RRP $2,750
LIO-PH optional plug-in module MM/MC -RCA for LIO Int & preamp @ RRP $2,750ea
LIO-PH RCL optional plug-in module - MM/MC RCA w Remote Cartridge Loading @ RRP $3,750ea
LIO-HP optional plug-in module Headphone RCA or XLR module for LIO Int & preamps @ RRP $1,250ea

Linestage - The linestage is at the heart of LIO Integrated Amplifier, and we offer three performance levels:

LEVEL 1 -  Resistor Volume Control (RVC) with TUBESTAGE (included in base price @ NZ$9,500).
RVC FEATURES:
   Attenuation range: -63db to unity gain  1 dB step size
   Full dual mono switching allows for L/R balance control with no additional circuitry in the signal path
   Balance adjustments in 1 dB steps via LIO remote control handset
   Premium Vishay/Dale film resistors

TUBESTAGE FEATURES:
   Two E88CC dual triodes (one per channel)
   Single-ended, Class-A design
   Auto-biasing (no adjustments needed)
   Auto-mute delay during tube warm-up (approx. 30 second)
   No DC-DC converters – only clean linear voltage regulation

LEVEL 2: AUTO VOLUME CONTROL (AVC) with TUBESTAGE (+NZ$1,795 incl GST)
The LIO AVC/Tubestage combo module combines our highly transparent autoformer attenuator with our seductive sounding Tubestage buffer to create a reference-level linestage that combines the best sonic attributes of both – true synergy at play! The AVCs are hand-wound by David Slagle of Intact Audio. They simply sound more open, transparent, detailed, and dynamic than any other volume control available. Following this with our LIO Tubestage built onto the same module (keeping the signal path as short as possible) adds more tonal density and a larger soundstage into the equation. The Tubestage features Class-A operation, auto-biasing, constant-current tube filament supply, precision voltage regulation, and other tweaks that make this a super low noise, high performance design that is exceeded in performance only by our Directly Heated Triode (DHT PRE) linestage. The result is a winning combination of high precision with the spaciousness and lifelike character that tubes are known for.

LEVEL 3: DHT PRE (+NZ$8,750 incl GST)
Introducing the world’s first ultra-capacitor-powered, “convertible,” directly-heated triode (DHT) linestage – the Vinnie Rossi LIO DHT PRE.
Have you ever wanted to hear what Class-A, directly heated triodes really sound like?  LIO DHT PRE is the only linestage to reveal the full sonic glory of DHTs by taking out of the equation the noise and distortion-producing elements commonly found in DHT amplifiers such as driver tubes, output transformers, feedback loops, cathode resistors, bypass caps and other sources of coloration. The triodes are powered by LIO’s internal ultra-capacitor power supply and patented “SPVR” super-regulated filament supplies to achieve what some consider the ‘holy grail’ of DHT linestage design – the lowest possible noise, hum, and micro-phonics using a purist circuit topology. When the Vinnie Rossi DHT PRE is used with any LIO configuration, you will be rewarded with the most direct and emotional engaging connection to the finest sounding 4-pin DHT triode families ever made.

“I put a spell on you… More than any other tubes used in a linestage, the 4-pin DHT family of tubes compatible with LIO DHT PRE offers you:

      The richest tone
      The most fully fleshed-out harmonic structures and soundstage layering
      Awesome dynamics and attack
      Midrange/vocals with a “reach out an touch the performer” effect
      Music that becomes more lifelike across the entire frequency spectrum

The resolution, openness, and flow to your music with LIO DHT PRE is exquisite – but most of all, you will enjoy a heightened sense of realism and emotion album after album that will leave you under a spell!

Volume control module (included with all DHT PRE modules)

  • LIO NUDE RVC volume control module: uses the finest Vishay Nude Z-Foil resistors, delivering 64 discrete 1dB volume control steps that are precisely matched between channels. You will always achieve exactly the right volume level with perfect channel balance and imaging.
  • DHT Tubestage Features
  • Proprietary slide-switch “convertible” design compatible with: 2A3 / 45, 300B, PX4 / PX25, 101D / 205D, and SV811 / SV572 DHT triode families.
  • Class-A, single triode per channel (no driver tubes)
  • OTL (no output transformers used)
  • Zero Feedback
  • Purist, grounded-cathode design (fixed bias)
  • Dual “SPVR” patented, super-regulated filament supplies – fed from external linear DC supply (measuring approx. 6.5″ wide x 9.0″ deep x 3.75″ tall / 10 lbs.)
  • Yamamoto solid Teflon tube sockets / Vishay Nude Z-Foil resistors
  • Included tubes: EH 2A3 Gold-Grid (matched pair)

Specifications

LIO INTEGRATED AMP ((with standard RVC + Tubestage)
Speaker Power Output:  25wpc @ 8-ohms, 45wpc @ 4-ohms, 65wpc @ 2-ohms
Inputs: 3x unbalanced analog pairs (RCA)
Balanced XLR inputs also available + NZ$175 incl GST
Outputs: 
2x speaker level binding posts, 
2x variable output 
1x fixed output unbalanced analog pairs (RCA), 
Balanced XLR outputs also available + NZ$175 incl GST
Volume Control: Vishay/Dale film resistors
Volume Steps: 64 discrete 1dB volume control steps
Included Tubes: JJ E88CC (matched pair)
Accepted Tubes:
6922/E88CC, 6DJ8/ECC88, 7308/E188CC, 7DJ8/PCC88, 6N23, 6H23, 6N11, and 6GM8
Output Impedance: <200 ohm
Frequency Response: 10Hz – 110kHz (+/- 0.5 dB)
Gain: Unity (0dB) 
External Power Adapter: 100 – 240Vac, 50/60Hz. Detachable IEC power cord 
Dimensions: Approx. 445W x 343D x 114H mm
Shipping Weight: approximately 11.4 g

OPTIONAL AVC TUBESTAGE:
Volume Control: Hand-wound autoformers
Volume Steps: 64 discrete 1dB volume control steps
Attenuation Range: -54db to +7db
Included Tubes: JJ E88CC (matched pair)
Accepted Tubes:
6922/E88CC, 6DJ8/ECC88, 7308/E188CC, 7DJ8/PCC88, 6N23, 6H23, 6N11, and 6GM8
Output Impedance: 200 ohm
Frequency Response: 10Hz – 110kHz (+/- 0.5 dB)
Gain: +7 dB

OPTIONAL DHT PRE Tubestage:
Volume Control: NUDE RVC stepped Vishay Nude Z-Foil resistors 64 discrete 1dB volume control steps
Gain: Approx. 6 – 9 dB (depending on tube used)
Frequency Response: From 10Hz to >250kHz (+/- 0.5dB), ultra-high bandwidth design
External linear DC power supply dimensions: 6.5″ wide x 9.0″ deep x 3.75″ tall
Power Supply Weight: 10 lbs

OPTIONAL PHONOSTAGE: 
Phonostage Gain / Load (MM): 40dB / 47k
Phonostage Gain / Load (MC): 60dB / 16 load settings from 26 to 400 Ohms (with Remote Cartridge Loading option, load choices increase to 255 individual settings from 5 to 2000 Ohms)
RIAA: Passive filter between two discrete, Class A JFET gain stages
Voltage Gain Stages: Class A, JFET, no feedback

OPTIONAL DSD/PCM DAC:
DAC Bit Rates Accepted (PCM): 16, 24, 32
DAC Playback Sample Rates (PCM): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, and 384kHz
DAC Playback (DSD): DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
Output Voltage (SE): 8 – 600 ohms
Output Impedance (SE): 2.0V rms

OPTIONAL HEADPHONE AMP:
Headphone Output Power (SE): 1W into 32-ohms
Headphone Output Power (BAL): 2W into 32-ohms
Headphone Output Impedance (SE and BAL): 1 ohm
Headphone Impedance Range: 8 – 600 ohms
Headphone Frequency Response: 5Hz – 50kHz (+/- 1dB)/td>
Gain: 0dB / 12dB (set via jumper)

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

Videos

A walk through the internals of the Vinnie Rossi LIO