Mate, I would love to but unfortunately, I have never seen one in person, let alone had some time to spend with it. Curiously enough, that was going to be my next question to you guys! I only know what I read and from what I could see from the pictures, I liked the way everything was built with a sense of purpose. The shielded toroid transformer set in the middle with stabilization capacitors right next to it, input stage on the back and output stage on the front with DC coupling. Some people refrain from using coupling if it is absolutely not ncessary but if executed well, there are only positive sides to it. From what I remember, the Violectric (I think it was a V100) has a selectable gain switching system which is nothing more than negative feedback switch like on most amplifuers. At minimum setting, the feedback is 4dB which is a very low value and enough to keep the hiss down without affecting the linearity and dynamics too much. I'm afraid I can't say much more than that but it would be an interesting oponent to the SPL amplifier. Some would argue about this but over here a Musical Fidelity (I believe it is M1 headphone amplifier) costs virtually the same as the SPL and for the money, SPL is undoubtedly the better choice. I never found anything about the Musical Fidelity I liked and after examining the pictures of the inside of the amplifier, I knew why that was.
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