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I plugged in the LCD's today.  I won't say what the source was.  I'm awaiting my DAC-2 in a week or so and selling my gold fillings for a Violectric of which one I am not certain yet but perhaps the 200.      The LCD's remind me of my most favorite speaker the Martin Logan CLLS II's driven with Krell amps.  For me it's like wearing a pair of Martin Logan CLS II's on my head.  They are a wonderful experience. So natural and smooth and effortless. Just amazing.  I've never really had headphones before and frankly I do not like headphones.  But the LCD's havecompletely changed my mind. They are so engaging, so seductive.  They make me completely forget I'm wearing headphones.  So nuanced and natural. They have a beautiful presentation of low level detail and their dynamics are so lifelike.  I cannot wait to give them the DAC and Amp they deserve.  
 

 

Great description!
 

 

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I plugged in the LCD's today.  I won't say what the source was.  I'm awaiting my DAC-2 in a week or so and selling my gold fillings for a Violectric of which one I am not certain yet but perhaps the 200.      The LCD's remind me of my most favorite speaker the Martin Logan CLLS II's driven with Krell amps.  For me it's like wearing a pair of Martin Logan CLS II's on my head.  They are a wonderful experience. So natural and smooth and effortless. Just amazing.  I've never really had headphones before and frankly I do not like headphones.  But the LCD's havecompletely changed my mind. They are so engaging, so seductive.  They make me completely forget I'm wearing headphones.  So nuanced and natural. They have a beautiful presentation of low level detail and their dynamics are so lifelike.  I cannot wait to give them the DAC and Amp they deserve.  
 

 


Glad you like it! Wish I had money for an LCD 2...would probably have to sell my computer to get it...and I don't really want to sell my computer...

 

post #63 of 75
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Glad you like it! Wish I had money for an LCD 2...would probably have to sell my computer to get it...and I don't really want to sell my computer...

 

Actually I sold off my Krell amp, my Classe Pre Amp, my Theta Ds Pre Gen III, my Theta Data transport, some interconnects, a SONY 707 ES CD/Transport, a pair of high end speakers, a set of tri wired Cardas speaker cables, a Magnum Dynalab tuner and an RF amp.  All to buy my first and probably last high end headphone rig.  I've got a Wyred4sound DAC-2 coming.  I'm going for one of the Violectrics and perhaps a Lry and an aftermarket cable.   No way I'd sell my computer rig though. 
 

 

post #64 of 75

do you think it will be enough if I sell the spare wheel of my sport  Mercedes ?

 

post #65 of 75
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do you think it will be enough if I sell the spare wheel of my sport  Mercedes ?

 



Depends on what kind of wheel it is...

 

Is it closer to this:

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Or this:

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On a related note, I just completed my review of the V200. Here's a link:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp#post_7429168

post #66 of 75

untill i decide to sell or not to sell the mercedes spare wheel  i did  a " crazy " experiment (that I had already commented to Fried Riem) I just rewire my T1

to a pair of two XLR female connectors (right anf left channels) and connected " directely" to the output of my v800 dac

the volume was controlled by using the front panel "pseudo potentiometer"  that operates in the digital domain cutting bits

I was very interesed to taste myself the ballanced sound

the sounding results were really exiting  and give my ear with natural sounds

no adding thd no degrading s/n no adding noise  no degrading dynamic range and for damping (related to the 600 ohm t1) more than 600

all the spectrum was clearly presented

many persons that were againts the use of the digital potentiometer I can assure to all that i did not feel any slight degradation of sound changing the setting

many people said that cutting bits with that digital pot cut the music but what the real thing that it is wrong  If i did not known that the pot was working in the

digital domain for me was like a"normal alps pot"  inside the dac same behave

this experiment will work only with 600 ohm headphone impedance because of the limited current supply of the driver ,for the T1 is ok and the dac was enoght

powerfull to drive them

the setting og the pot was between 12 and 14  sometimes even less beacuse of a specific recording

as for the music many female jazz vocalist 1st track of mike oldfield tubular spheres keiko matsui last album (the rock) and many exeptional sountracks

(how to train your dragon, inception ,pimk panther and many more)

Fried Reim  told me that I was the first person that did such a direct connection dac-heaphones  I know that the limited drive will give serious limitations

to those persons that like high loudness but for myself it is not a problem

anyway the sensation of hearing music in a ballanced  "system"  had its positives  virtudes

post #67 of 75

sell that spare wheel you won't need it.  I had a 1980 Mercedes 300 SD Turbo diesel for 21 years and I never used the spare wheel once.

post #68 of 75

there is a close similarity beween Mercedez  and Violectric equimpment they will last for life and give you pleanty of enjoyementbeerchug.gif

post #69 of 75
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Baritone: That's interesting about driving the T1 directly from your V800. I remember people doing similar back in the day with the XLR outputs on the Lavry DA10 using recabled HD600 or HD650. That was considered by some to be absolute high end back then, about as good as you can get. Never got around to trying it myself.

 

Sounds like maybe you don't need an amp after all. At least not for those headphones.

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Baritone: That's interesting about driving the T1 directly from your V800. I remember people doing similar back in the day with the XLR outputs on the Lavry DA10 using recabled HD600 or HD650. That was considered by some to be absolute high end back then, about as good as you can get. Never got around to trying it myself.

 

Sounds like maybe you don't need an amp after all. At least not for those headphones.

but I will limited in the future tolisten to other kind of headphones insteed of the T1

 

post #71 of 75

How is the Violectric V200 for driving PS1000?

post #72 of 75

Here's pictures from my review that is coming up:

 

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post #73 of 75

hi, i need some help, i'm into buying my first head amp

 

i've my hd650 into a hk970 (NJM4560L ( SIP8 ) http://semicon.njr.co.jp/eng/PDF/NJM4560_E.pdf based phones amp section) with a hd970 as source (both harman kardon brand), i was fine with that until paired with the T1, which really struggles to be driven properly, now...   

 

the way i'm getting it from the reviews the Violectric V181 is good as an all-around (in balanced mode) amp that will do great with my current T1, and a future planar mag lcd3 or he-6, so question...

 

does the xlr balanced output work withe the rca unbalanced inputs? do you get the max balanced specified voltage and power from the xlr balanced output even if using the rca unbalanced inputs?

 

planing to couple it with my hd970 as source/dac

 

EDIT:

 

what i'm asking is, is it required to have the balanced xlr inputs delivering the signal to achive the maximum voltage and power specified for the xlr output? or is it the same, in terms of voltage and power output levels for the xlr balanced out, if i'm using the rca unbalanced input or the xlr balanced input to deliver the the signal to the amp?


Edited by roskodan - 1/17/13 at 8:42am
post #74 of 75

Absolutely. You can definitely tell the difference between SE output on either side vs. the balanced output using RCA unbalanced in. More power for sure.

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