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post #16 of 75
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Originally Posted by tyoung8 View Post

850 euros ($1227) headphone amp is relatively cheap?  Relative to what?

Relative to $2000+   B22 or Luxman Pu-1.
 

 

post #17 of 75

Relative to inter alia exchange rates (NOK / USD / EUR). E.g. the Burson HA-160D in Norway is now USD1800. The V181 and V200 is EUR714. That is in NOK significantly different.

post #18 of 75
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

Relative to inter alia exchange rates (NOK / USD / EUR). E.g. the Burson HA-160D in Norway is now USD1800. The V181 and V200 is EUR714. That is in NOK significantly different.



Time for a trip to Sweden? Then you can buy one for less then 900 USD :) 

post #19 of 75

Is that for 160 or 160D? The latter costs SEK 11.990 on Audio Concepts home page.

post #20 of 75

Sorry just the 160 not the D.

post #21 of 75
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Originally Posted by Kees View Post

Relative to $2000+   B22 or Luxman Pu-1.

 

 

I don't think there are many headphone amps that are not considered to be cheap compared to the B22 or Luxman...

 

post #22 of 75
Thread Starter 

I think he meant "relatively cheap" in the context of being good enough.... in contrast to spending the extra $900 for a Woo Audio 22, or  $2000 more for the Luxman, or $1500 more for a Zana Deux, or $1000 more for a Phonitor, etc. The Violectric gets you into that top tier of performance for a fairly decent price. It might not be the equal of some of those, but it is not that far behind either. 

post #23 of 75

One thing i don't understand is why more expensive v281 has no xlr jack like v181 does

post #24 of 75
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Originally Posted by fdhfdy View Post

One thing i don't understand is why more expensive v281 has no xlr jack like v181 does

there is no such thing as the V281. and xlr =/= better sound quality.
 

 

post #25 of 75
Very nice and well thought out review! I agree with pretty much all of your findings. When I think Violectric certain words come to mind; Versatile, Powerful/Dynamic, Neutral, Tonal balance, Black background, Built like a tank, space saving...etc. Really the only drawback with the V181 is that you need to open the amp housing to manually change the jumpers for single ended vs. balanced operation. I personally use the V181 in balanced mode and use my other amps single ended so it really is a non issue for me. Apart from that I have not found really any other weaknesses. The v181 really is exceptional value for the money and I am glad to see Violectric getting more attention / into more systems. The V181+Antelope Zodiac+LCD-2 combo is still one of my absolute favorites. The V181 will remain a permanent member in my arsenal.
post #26 of 75
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Originally Posted by TigzStudio View Post

Very nice and well thought out review! I agree with pretty much all of your findings. When I think Violectric certain words come to mind; Versatile, Powerful/Dynamic, Neutral, Tonal balance, Black background, Built like a tank, space saving...etc. Really the only drawback with the V181 is that you need to open the amp housing to manually change the jumpers for single ended vs. balanced operation. I personally use the V181 in balanced mode and use my other amps single ended so it really is a non issue for me. Apart from that I have not found really any other weaknesses. The v181 really is exceptional value for the money and I am glad to see Violectric getting more attention / into more systems. The V181+Antelope Zodiac+LCD-2 combo is still one of my absolute favorites. The V181 will remain a permanent member in my arsenal.


Are you referring to page 29 in the manual of the V181, where it talks about configuring balanced operation via jumper settings? Because that actually has to do with using both of the 1/4" headphone jacks at the same time in balanced mode. That would require a special cable, such as this one: http://www.diyhifisupply.com/node/575

 

So the jumper is to switch configurations between having 2 normal stereo output jacks, or a single output using dual mono jacks. And that's separate from the 4-pin XLR jack. So in normal operation this wouldn't really matter. You might have to switch cables on the back from RCA to XLR, but then you could plug in either a single ended headphone or a balanced headphone and never have to open the case. At least that's been my experience.

 

Aside from that, you make some excellent points. I haven't personally heard the Zodiac/V181/LCD-2 combo but I imagine it is the bees knees. It seems like there are lots of people out there who own and very much enjoy the Violectric amps, yet somehow they don't get as much exposure around her compared to others. Maybe that will change. 

 

post #27 of 75
Yeah I actually use the dual 1/4" in balanced mode (custom cable) for a pair of secondary smaller studio monitors and it sounds superb. Freid really doesn't recommend doing this however, but it sounds too good for me to stop. :P So occasionally I need to swap the jumper back and forth.
post #28 of 75
Thread Starter 

Ah, I see. So you are actually powering the monitors with the V181? I guess that could work since it delivers about the same power as some "flea-watt" amps I've seen. 

post #29 of 75

Well I don't know about others. Its expensive to me.

post #30 of 75
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Originally Posted by KuKuBuKu View Post



there is no such thing as the V281. and xlr =/= better sound quality.
 

 

Sorry I got it wrong, should be v200. XLR doesn't mean ""better" but thats a another choice. Especially it has xlr ins, its bit pitty for having no xlr outs.
 

 

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