In any case (and I realize I am partially to blame), we should bear in mind that this thread is really about the Crack.
HA! Getting a balanced adapter for headphones is the worst... cause I want all my (SE) upstream gear to be balanced now, too.. LOL.
No ideas on pricing on the balanced, V200.. but, for me, it's one of those, "close-your-eyes-and-click-buy," type of things.. cause I'm an unabashed, Violectric "fanboy" (lol). After having owned two of their amps (and presently having one of their DACs), I'm convinced Fried Reim is an extremely tiny human that lives in the folds of my wallet.
All your fault Adam! last point, i was under the impression that the V181 was a lesser balanced amp. Could be wrong.
In any case, I still have to post more pictures of my Crack that Zashoom built for me. Absolutely perfect.
As zash said, the resistors beneath the aluminum plate heat it up making it rather warm, as with the tubes, however that's the way amps are, they mostly run warm. I do not find the heat of the crack to be an issue at all. The volume knob is comfortable to the touch, and it's not radiating heat my way as I sit beside it.
Good luck :)
Thanks a lot for your info!
Looks like I need to adjust myself to accomodate it, maybe a good idea to buy it some months later in the winter.
Nope it seemed pointless for me own a VIII when I had the VI+, but I have owned and (still own) some of those amp's you listed including the Crack. The B22 + HD800 = woeful but the B22 + HD600/650 and the LCD2's are really awesome sounding.
Actually that is what I thought at the start as well. The V181 is the balanced version of the V100 not the V200. SE I couldn't pick much difference between the V200 and V181 (neither did I with the V100 and V200).
Back on the topic.
Do you mean the 6H13C?
These are the tubes that came with my kit. I think i got the promo tubes. Would a 12BH7 + this RCA 6080 be a good combo, or stick with what's pictured?
Depends on yourself though. If you like the sound and not curious, don't buy more tubes (it leads to a dirty and addictive habit).
My personal crack uses a Psvane grade A 12AU7 and Ratheon 6080's.
I got over the GEC 6AS7G phase. Good sounding tube but definitely not worth the asking price on ebay nowadays.