Cayin, is the best sound and value out there.
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Mehakrishnan,Wow You have good good taste...I like Living Voice a lot and thought that they deserve better amplification than the likes of Cayin[I think cayin is fine if you just want to 'play'with tubes-no disrespect intended,just based on my personal subjective opinion]
My personal listening experience with the Living voice reveled one clear winner:AN Ongaku.Really,they are made for each other.I have also listened to the living voice being driven by Lavardin IT [not SET,but sound infinetely better than the cheaper SETs]quite gloriously.
I used both Pass Labs Aleph 30 and Viva Solista SET. 30 watts and 22 respectively, both wonderful, the Viva better, it should be at the price. The Aleph series has a lot of believers with LV speakers and I thought they were a great match.
Be aware, Kevin who designs LV speakers, told me you need about 18watts minimum, even with a SET, to get the best out of the speakers
Hi Mehrakrishan. I own the CS600 and use it currently on my AN/E's. Also used it with the Gallo's 3.1. It's by far the best sounding amp I know of. A few years back I almost bought the Living Voice OBX-R2 so I know the speaker well. Also listened to the IBX R2. ( listened to it with Lavardin amp).I bet the LV's with Leben is a dream team. The Leben makes me enjoy my music so much more then before. It makes me smile every time I put on a record I didn't hear before through the Leben. The Leben has plenty of quality power fot the LV's and there are so many tube flavours you can choose from. Buildquality is superb and working is flawless. Maybe I can give you some more info. Please feel free to send me an email.
any one hearing Fi amps
I havent heard FI with LV but I do own the Fi Super X. 94 dB sensitivity with the LV IBX may be pushing it with the Fi 2A3 amps. However the 300b amps would be worth a consideration. Fi amps don't have a typical valve sound, i.e. they are usually not on the warm side, but rather extremely dynamic, fast and detailed. Even the 300b is supposed to have that fast detailed characteristic more than any other 300b.I think Don's amps and preamp are incredible value - they do compete at a 1/3 of the price with Shindo. For example the Fi Y didn't at all loose out to a Shindo Aurieges. A strong word of caution though: Don's amps and preamps are voiced together and because of their electrical characteristic really only work well together. Shindo preamps are a the only match I found so far and even the then Fi Y still seems at least equal.
I heard the Verdier 45 in a friends system on a pair of La Scala and while it had a lot of midrange magic, it looses a lot in the bass (even compared to other amps) and in dynamics. Hopefully I will be able to try it in my system and give you a better opinion. The 2 Watts of the 45 would certainly not be enough to drive your speakers.
The Shindo Montille should work very well. Also, I did hear the Leben and liked it a lot. The Leben would have a lot more reserve than any of the 3-8W SET amps.