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Prod­ucts from US de­signer Vin­nie Rossi are now avail­able in Aus­tralia for the very first time. They’re be­ing dis­trib­uted by Mel­bourne’s Au­dio Magic. Vin­nie Rossi, a US-based elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer, founded Red Wine Au­dio in 2004, then closed it down in 2014 when he es­tab­lished his epony­mous com­pany—Vin­nie Rossi—to fur­ther his ‘LIO’ mod­u­lar con­cept that gives own­ers the abil­ity to add fea­tures and up­grades to ex­ist­ing prod­ucts at any time. ‘ It is de­signed for long-term own­er­ship, with the abil­ity to eas­ily con­fig­ure it for your cur­rent and fu­ture needs,’ says Rossi. All Vin­nie Rossi prod­ucts are built in the USA and come with a 10-year war­ranty. ‘ I em­brace a “less-is-more” ap­proach, us­ing purist cir­cuit topolo­gies that es­chew high parts count in favour of el­e­gant sim­plic­ity and us­ing the high­est qual­ity com­po­nents through­out,’ Rossi told Aus­tralian HiFi Magazine. ‘ I am fa­nat­i­cal about util­is­ing iso­lated, ul­tra-low im­ped­ance power sup­ply de­signs as a ne­ces­sity in achiev­ing the finest sonic re­sults.’

The first prod­uct to go on sale in Aus­tralia was the LIO In­te­grated am­pli­fier. The LIO uses Vin­nie Rossi’s ‘ul­tra-ca­pac­i­tor’ power sup­ply, which he calls ‘PURE DC-4-EVR’ which com­pletely iso­lates the am­pli­fier’s au­dio cir­cuitry from a.c. mains power by us­ing two ca­pac­i­tor banks. While one bank is be­ing charged by the 240V mains, the other is be­ing used to power the am­pli­fier. Once the charge in the pow­er­ing bank is de­pleted, the charged bank is dis­con­nected from the mains, and con­nected to the am­pli­fier, while the de­pleted bank is then re-con­nected to the mains, us­ing what Rossi calls ‘Silent Switch­ing’ tech­nol­ogy.

‘ Vin­nie Rossi con­tin­ues to push the lim­its of sonic per­for­mance and is fa­nat­i­cal about util­is­ing iso­lated, ul­tra-low im­ped­ance power sup­ply de­signs,’ says Alek­san­dar Mak­si­movic, of Au­dio Magic. ‘ Mu­sic flows from LIO in the most nat­u­ral way, free of grain and back­ground noise, with its van­ish­ingly low out­put im­ped­ance en­sur­ing the high­est pos­si­ble cur­rent to de­liver stun­ning tran­sient at­tack with bass that is ex­tended and im­pact­ful, yet tight and well-de­fined.’ The LIO has a high-cur­rent Class-AB MOSFET out­put stage that is rated at 25-watts per chan­nel into 8 loads, 45-watts per chan­nel into 4 loads and 65-watts per chan­nel into 2 loads. ‘ It can drive real-world speaker loads, even those dip­ping be­low 4 ohms, with stun­ning clar­ity and lin­ear­ity,’ said Mak­si­movic. ‘ Ideal for lis­ten­ers who favour qual­ity over quan­tity, it is fast on its feet and deeply mu­si­cal. It con­veys the true emo­tion from your record­ings, even at lower lis­ten­ing lev­els, that few am­pli­fiers can ri­val.’ Avail­able now, it re­tails for $7,990 (RRP). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Au­dio Magic on (03) 9489 5122 or visit­

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