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Burson HA160 vs. Violectric V100/200 for HD800 (classical music)

post #1 of 3
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Hello,

 

Is there anyone who has listened to these both?

I'm looking to buy the HD800 with a Meridian g08 and use them for classical music 60%, jazz 30%.

I can't afford a good tube amp inside the EU, so I am considering one of these two.

I can buy the Burson new for 590 $ or the violectric for 830 $ /1080 $.

Is the difference in sound quality worth the extra cash?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 3

Hi,

 

I have the lake people 109P which is suppose to be very similar in its sound signature to the V100 (according to Freid, lake people's owner or manager with which I spoke to before choosing my amp).

I upgraded to this amp from the Matrix M-stage. 

The 109 costs 3 times the cost of the Matrix

To my ears there is a clear improvement in sound with the 109, the sound is cleaner and more intimate, more accurate stage etc. BUT, the change is not huge. It's a nice small improvement but in the end it's mostly about the headphone. i've heard my HD-800 from several simple integrated amp and loved the sound even though it wasn't as good as can be.

so, even though I didn't hear the Burson myself, based on all the reviews it is a really good amp that drives the HD-800 very well.

If you prefer the violectric V-xxx I recommend checking out the lake-people amps (violectric is a brand of lake-people) as they are much cheaper yet offering a practically identical sound signature. 

 

Good luck 

post #3 of 3

Having tried both, I'd go for the V200. Burson is more fun but there's more of a neutral sound with the V200, which is probably more important with your choice of genres.

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