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post #316 of 699

Sorely tempted to buy this to complete the V200/800 stack... (sigh) ;)  But then I'd like to get the LCD2, ouch...

How does the V800 compare to the M-Dac - any one any ideas on this?

post #317 of 699

Got my brand new V200 and V800 hooked up - what an amazing moment after all these months of pontificating and deliberating!  Listening now through my HE-500 and RS1i and first impressions are...  something's different, and it's good!  

 

The most striking thing right now how is much I'm suddenly enjoying the Grados.  I've had a very odd relationship with my RS1i in particular - I often only enjoy folk and acoustic music through them, and even then I never quite understood why they were so highly regarded.  I very nearly sold them off, in fact.  But this Violectric stack is doing something magical to them - wow.

 

Happy days.  :)

post #318 of 699
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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post

Got my brand new V200 and V800 hooked up - what an amazing moment after all these months of pontificating and deliberating!  Listening now through my HE-500 and RS1i and first impressions are...  something's different, and it's good!  

 

The most striking thing right now how is much I'm suddenly enjoying the Grados.  I've had a very odd relationship with my RS1i in particular - I often only enjoy folk and acoustic music through them, and even then I never quite understood why they were so highly regarded.  I very nearly sold them off, in fact.  But this Violectric stack is doing something magical to them - wow.

 

Happy days.  :)

Hey I'm glad your enjoying your vio-stack.  The V200 with some burn in will sound even better.  The bass gets better.  More impact and punch.

At least it was for me, especially with the Grados.  

Besides maybe tube (especially the MAD EAR), amps, I haven't found a better solid state amp for Grados.  I also think the v800 also helps with the grados.  

They are highly resolving but it is not harsh or edgy. 

post #319 of 699

I currently own a pair of KRK Rokit 6 monitoring speakers for my room,

 

I have hooked up the KRKs to HRT Media Streamer 2 USB DAC.

 

I came across this review and am seriosuly considering replacing the HRT DAC with this for my KRKs.

 

I am not too familiar with audio equipment so had a few questions to ask:

 

1) Will changing from the HRT to this a worthy upgrade?

2) is V800 also an amp? 

3) I have a chance to buy these 2 second hand. The person selling has been using them for 6 months. Is this a good idea? What should I be looking out for?

post #320 of 699
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Originally Posted by Hypnotique View Post

 

1) Will changing from the HRT to this a worthy upgrade?

2) is V800 also an amp? 

3) I have a chance to buy these 2 second hand. The person selling has been using them for 6 months. Is this a good idea? What should I be looking out for?

 

1) I don't have much experience with those KRK's, but I would hesitate to buy a $1300 DAC to feed a $400 set of speakers. I'm not implying the speakers are poor (for all I know they are tops at their price) but rather that it may be more prudent to spend money on better speakers first. I can almost guarantee that a set of monitors in the $1K range with the HRT DAC will be superior to a $400 speaker with the V800 - despite the V800 being vastly better than the HRT. Hopefully that makes sense.

 

2) No, V800 has no on board amplification for headphones (or speakers obviously). 

 

3) Buying a used V200/V800 could be a great buy, assuming a responsible seller who didn't trash them. They are robustly built though and there's very little I can imagine someone doing to them that would be an issue, short of physical defects like scratches/scuffs. I guess if someone tried swapping opamps, that could be an issue if they used something that didn't match well with the circuit. But for the most part they are likely to be fine for many years to come. On the off chance something fails, Violectric will surely take care of you for a small fee. They are good like that. 

post #321 of 699

Thanks very much for the replies.

 

That clears things up for me a great deal.

I am most likely going to go ahead with the second hand set of V800 + V200 to power my headphones. but before that, some final questions:

 

1) Seller claims the V800 has never been opened or modified and its less than 5 months old

the V200 has been opened to change power input from 110v to 230v (just a jumper wire)

this is what the seller claims. Is this a good buy in your opinion?

 

2) I would like to know if it is possible to connect the V800 to both the V200 and my KRK's? (i.e connect to V200 using Balanced and using RCA unbalance to connect to the KRKs). If yes, will the KRK's automatically go on mute when I connect my headphones?

 

appreciated

post #322 of 699
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Thanks very much for the replies.

 

That clears things up for me a great deal.

I am most likely going to go ahead with the second hand set of V800 + V200 to power my headphones. but before that, some final questions:

 

1) Seller claims the V800 has never been opened or modified and its less than 5 months old

the V200 has been opened to change power input from 110v to 230v (just a jumper wire)

this is what the seller claims. Is this a good buy in your opinion?

 

2) I would like to know if it is possible to connect the V800 to both the V200 and my KRK's? (i.e connect to V200 using Balanced and using RCA unbalance to connect to the KRKs). If yes, will the KRK's automatically go on mute when I connect my headphones?

 

appreciated

 

1) Seems reasonable. That's within the range of what a normal person would do. It could be a good buy depending on the price - if it's too close to the new price, I always say buy new instead. A substantial savings of a few hundred dollars per unit makes it worth it. 

 

2) You could connect both. The KRKs won't automatically mute though - there's no way for them to "know" you plugged in your headphones. But you could simply power off the V200 when not using headphones. And you'd have to power off the KRKs when you are using headphones. A minor hassle but not too bad. 

post #323 of 699
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Originally Posted by Hypnotique View Post

 

2) I would like to know if it is possible to connect the V800 to both the V200 and my KRK's? (i.e connect to V200 using Balanced and using RCA unbalance to connect to the KRKs). If yes, will the KRK's automatically go on mute when I connect my headphones?

 

appreciated

 

2) You could connect both. The KRKs won't automatically mute though - there's no way for them to "know" you plugged in your headphones. But you could simply power off the V200 when not using headphones. And you'd have to power off the KRKs when you are using headphones. A minor hassle but not too bad. 

 

I do this very thing with my V2/V8 stack.  They are interconnected via XLR and I run the RCA outs to my ADAM A5X monitors.  The ADAMs are powered and have convenient power buttons on the front of the speaker.  When I want to use headphones I simply turn off the speakers and turn on the V200.  Works very well and it doesn't take very long to get used the process.

post #324 of 699

 

Love my stack! Sounds incredible and is beautifully designed, too.


Edited by Infrared - 2/3/13 at 8:37pm
post #325 of 699

and sold out on thomann till March 2013. Do you guys reckon I'll get the item faster when I order it straight from Violectric?

 

edit: nevermind, seems to be out of stock @ violectric aswel until the end of February.


Edited by LifeAspect - 2/4/13 at 3:17am
post #326 of 699

try @

 

"info (at) audition6 (dot) de"
 

got my combo in less than 10 working days

 

got a pair of lcd2r2 coming my way too... smily_headphones1.gif

post #327 of 699
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try @

 

"info (at) audition6 (dot) de"
 

got my combo in less than 10 working days

 

got a pair of lcd2r2 coming my way too... smily_headphones1.gif

thx

 

contacted

 

edit: and also sold out, guess I'll have to wait another month I guess ^^"


Edited by LifeAspect - 2/4/13 at 4:59am
post #328 of 699
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thx

 

contacted

 

edit: and also sold out, guess I'll have to wait another month I guess ^^"


lol, guess u were a week to late, maybe there is something new coming out, a new revision...

post #329 of 699

Phew, I must have gotten one of the last ones (got mine last week).  A friend of mine wanted to order a few days ago from Violectric and also heard that it would take a few weeks.

 

It's worth the wait though!  :)

post #330 of 699

it would be cool to hear Mr Reim just to know if there are new models coming out.

He just told me through email some months ago that Violectric was planning to upgrade the usb input of the dac to 192khz.

An option available to all the people who already have purchased the dac by simply sending it to the factory.

But i don't know exactly if this will be a real option to customers.

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