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post #151 of 680
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Nice little device. How does it perform as a dac/amp?

 

It's in for review, which will eventually be posted at InnerFidelity. So far it's pretty nice but I need to spend a lot more time with it. 

 

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Very nice review. As a G100 owner I have to agree with your writings. I bought a used Burson HA-160, but sold it a couple of weeks later to buy a new G100. I prefer the G100 by far as I find it much more engaging. The HA-160 had a nice enclosure though biggrin.gif

 

Thanks! I hear good things about the G100. I don't recall exactly where that model falls in comparison to the new ones. Fried told me the G109 shares a lot of the internals with the Violectric V100. And the G103 is an updated G93. But the G100 is still kind of a mystery to me. 

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Thanks! I hear good things about the G100. I don't recall exactly where that model falls in comparison to the new ones. Fried told me the G109 shares a lot of the internals with the Violectric V100. And the G103 is an updated G93. But the G100 is still kind of a mystery to me. 

 

As I recall the G100 also shares a lot with the V100. I guess the G109-P is more or less a facelift of the G100.

post #153 of 680

I want this thing so bad redface.gif In the process of selling lots of stuff i have here collecting dust, should have it in a couple of weeks... can't wait lol

V200+V800+HE-500 should be insaneL3000.gif I no longer prefer the He-500 with the Phoenix after messing around with the gain settings. Basically i had the v200 at unity gain and the pot(i have the old one) at 6 o'clock but with the gain at -12db and the pot between 10-12 it really opened up. High's are more extended, soundstage seems improved and it just overall sounds less congested.

post #154 of 680

I have the MHDT Labs Havana DAC.  I don't find it to have a lot of bloom or warmth with certain tubes (my preference in a DAC) and I find it quite good.  I'd rather not use audiophile terms because they don't really mean anything, but I was just curious if anyone had heard the Havana and the V800.  I've always had big respect for vioelectric products.  It's not extremely likely that I would buy a v800 without trying it for myself first.  I'm sort of done buying stuff blind.  Oops I digress.

 

So anyone impressions between these two DACs?  I know its sort of a long shot because many are either about either tube or SS products.  I would generally not expect a tube lover to be really into vioelectric products, even though I guess my preference is towards tubes and a lot of tube design philosophy, typically focused on point to point wiring, short signal paths, and minimalist design.  I respect lake people's products for a lot of the same reasons.  They may not be super minimal but they, from the information I've gathered, seem really well thought out and well designed.

post #155 of 680

I would expect you would have to go to some meetup to be able to compare them as I see the possibility of someone having heard or owned both very small.

 

Now that I've had the V800 for a few days I've tested it with the V200, SPL Auditor, HD 800, LCD-2 and my speakers which are B&W CM8 with a couple of subs. With all of them the change in the character of the sound is similar compared to my old dac. All the elements of the sound seem "tighter" and more clearly defined as separate entities of the sound. It's as if the old dac was smearing everything together in comparison. The high frequencies seem cleaner since some songs with ringing effects sound more like natural instruments now, where they before could be slightly harsh. A big upgrade is in live recordings with heavy acoustics present in the recording where the reverb seems more separated from the instruments now, so it's easier to focus on any piece of the recording without the sound seeming too vague and congested. In binaural recordings the soundstage is more holographic as well.

 

I'm not seeing any downsides with the upgrade yet. It's been a proper upgrade, and not a sidegrade.

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I would expect you would have to go to some meetup to be able to compare them as I see the possibility of someone having heard or owned both very small.

 

Now that I've had the V800 for a few days I've tested it with the V200, SPL Auditor, HD 800, LCD-2 and my speakers which are B&W CM8 with a couple of subs. 

May I ask what your source is??? Many thanks

post #157 of 680

Computer to a Hegel HD2 USB-Spdif converter which goes via coax to the V800. Balanced to the headphone amps and unbalanced to the speakers.

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Computer to a Hegel HD2 USB-Spdif converter which goes via coax to the V800. Balanced to the headphone amps and unbalanced to the speakers.

 

My set up atleast with the Violectric gear is fairly similar and can fully echo the same sentiments as to the improvements that the V800 brings to the table.

 

Thanks

post #159 of 680

I just got the V800 and even though the weather is way too nice i just can't stop sitting inside listening.... A bit overwhelmed atm to give any impressions but i guess i'd just be repeating what other people have said anyways so biggrin.gif

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I just got the V800 and even though the weather is way too nice i just can't stop sitting inside listening.... A bit overwhelmed atm to give any impressions but i guess i'd just be repeating what other people have said anyways so biggrin.gif

 

Maybe that's why we don't hear more discussion about the V800 - people who get one tend to disappear! No more forum chatter about "which DAC is best?" and that sort of thing. They are just satisfied with what they have. I know several people who have had this experience with V800. 

post #161 of 680

I'm still very happy with mine. Currently running it with +6db gain in order to give my speakers more headroom in the volume control. With the default gain it's just a bit too loud for my speakers. The lower gain makes me raise the volume with the headphone amp, and I guess that's a plus? I keep reading that analogue volume pots sound better the louder you have to raise the volume. I haven't experimented with the different resampling settings, but I assume the difference between them is subtle.

post #162 of 680

I use the V800 the same way (i.e. adjusted the gain jumpers) - and just don't think more of it - except enjoying the music portrayed in the most natural way. The V800 doesn't sound like a DAC. It's just there without any sound of it's own. Not bright. Not warm. Not - no - nothing. Just pure.

post #163 of 680

Yeah this dac really gets out of the way of the music. I can honestly not think of a single aspect i want to improve except finding more music to try out.

post #164 of 680

Hi All,

 

I just received a V800 in the mail. It is like new cosmetically, but was discounted due to a new "board" needing installation. The unit sounds ok out of the box, but smells like cigarette smoke to me and others who have put their nose to it.

 

The seller told me that this is normal for the unit and is a coating they use on the case. I agree the case coating is different, but I have NEVER in my 15 years of buying audio/video equipment experienced this.

 

Do you all have this? 

post #165 of 680

not sure about the v800 but my v200 which use similar case doesn't smell like anything of that sort 

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Hi All,

 

I just received a V800 in the mail. It is like new cosmetically, but was discounted due to a new "board" needing installation. The unit sounds ok out of the box, but smells like cigarette smoke to me and others who have put their nose to it.

 

The seller told me that this is normal for the unit and is a coating they use on the case. I agree the case coating is different, but I have NEVER in my 15 years of buying audio/video equipment experienced this.

 

Do you all have this? 

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