I figured it would be nice to have a thread for the future Violectric V282 amplifier, based on the V200 circuitry. There is also a possibility of two new versions coming out in 2011.
I recently emailed Violectric and got more in-depth details on the amplifier(s), which will hopefully be released in 2011....but this is not certain (it could be 2012).
Edit: V282 now pushed to 2014.
Below is the email I received:
We will bring out a headphone amp (or two) with balanced outs with V200 amp ciruitry in the future.
As we are very busy in the moment and we dont want to release more than 2 new model per year,
About the concept:
The backbone of new amps will be a case with more space in it.
We are very happy with our current case solution as it is looks good, feels good and serves good to protect the electronics.
For balanced solutions we need more space, also as we have got some other ideas in mind.
So the new case will have same depth, same width but more height (about 110 mm, aprox 4")
The basic features which make the Violectric amps so famous will remain:
- low noise design
- Pre-Gain for easy adaption to (nearly) all cans
- high damping factor to control low impedance cans
- high output voltage to feed high impedance cans
The high output voltage will even be doubled in balanced mode !!
First will be a model with single power supply but balanced amp design based on the circuitry of V200.
Analog inputs will be balanced and unbalanced.
A unbalanced active thru shall be present with its own cinch connectors.
Also there will be a digital input at extra cost.
Customers may choose from UBS 16/48 or 24/96, or optical PCM input or coax PCM input (both 24/96).
Standard will be a volume control with Alps RK27 which is highly reputated and very long lasting.
As an option there will be a more sophisticated volume control.
Turn-switch solutions with 24 steps are not efficient enough, also the feel of these switches whilst turning
suffers from the low turning angel of 15 degrees.
So we are thinking of a more sophisticated solution with 64 steps made with relais.
All this will be controlled with a normal potentiometer to have a common feel.
As far as I know this was never realized in a headphone amp before.
If this will be sucessful - and I think so - we will make one more model with everything twice inside
except the mains switch and mains socket.
Meaning there will be separated amps, and separated power supplies with transformers, rectifiers, capacitors, voltage regulators etc.
part of the latest email from Fried Ram:
I can tell you that V282 will not be released in 2013.
The sonically and technically best solution will be a 128 steps relais driven volume control - no channel mismatch, no crosstalk, only simple resistors in the signal chain
Edited by TigzStudio - 12/23/12 at 7:02pm