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Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

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The Violectric V281

Balanced Headphone Amp

 

 

 

 

 

(all above photos by user: Gipsy)

 

 

 

 

(photo by user: jark)

 

 

(photo by user: zkadoush)

 

 

A bit of technical insight:

 

About different kinds of potentiometers (volume control): http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/315#post_10807716

 

About balanced control inside V220/V281/V600 http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/360#post_10832913

 

 

user impressions:

 

Project86:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/435#post_10904148

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/435#post_10904682 (vs. Liquid Fire/Glass)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/450#post_10906770 (vs. Svetlana 2)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/465#post_10919961 (vs. Auralic Taurus)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/675#post_10986109 (vs. CMA800R)

 

TonyNewman:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1650#post_12285066

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1650#post_12285131

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1650#post_12285172

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1650#post_12285571 (V281 vs. Auralic Taurus)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1695#post_12297730 (V281+Ether C)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1800#post_12488990 (V281 vs. MA 430HA)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1800#post_12491876 (vs. 430HA

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1815#post_12496379 (vs. 430HA)

 

PleasantSounds:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/510#post_10930645 (summary between the V281, BHA-1, Taurus mk2 and p700u, using HD800)

 

Frank I:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/660#post_10982201

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/660#post_10982474

 

JeffMann:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/735#post_11018189 

 

saxelrod92:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1095#post_11157787

 

zkadoush:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1200#post_11248048

 

Tobes:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1275#post_11333632

 

ab_ba:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/705318/violectric-hpa-v281-vorsprung-durch-balanced/1485#post_11751438

 

Madbull's Volume Control Demonstration:

 

 

 

 

External Reviews: 

 

http://www.headfonia.com/violectric-v281-masterpiece/

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/authoritative-and-potent-violectric-v281-headphone-amplifier#Gy7KbZRd7huEZ0Db.97

http://www.hifitest.de/test/kopfhoererverstaerker/violectric-hpa_v281_10166

http://headphone.guru/violectric-hpa-v281-balanced-headphone-amp-dac/

 

 

 

V281 MANUAL

 

http://violectric-usa.com/download/Violectric%20V281%20Manual.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

POWER SPECS:

Quote:

Originally Posted by fdg View Post

Finally we managed to measure V220 and V281.
For a better comparison we added the data from V200.

 

 

Technical Data

HPA V200

HPA V220

HPA V281

Input impedance

10 kOhm

10 kOhm

10 kOhm

Amp Gain

+8 dB

+8 dB

+14 dB

Pre-Gain

-12 / -6 / 0 / +6 / +12 dB

-12 / -6 / 0 / +6 / +12 dB

-12 / -6 / 0 / +6 / +12 dB

 Amp Gain + Pre-Gain

-4 / +2 / +8 / +14 / +20 dB

-4 / +2 / +8 / +14 / +20 dB

+2 / +8 / +14 / +20 / +26 dB

Frequency Range

5Hz … 70 kHz (-0,5 dB)

5Hz … 70 kHz (-0,5 dB)

5Hz … 70 kHz (-0,5 dB)

Noise unwtd.

-98 dB

-98 dBu

-92 dBu

Noise A-wtd.

-101 dB

-101 dBu

-95 dBu

Dynamic Range

129 dB

129 dB

129 dB

Output impedance

< 0,083 Ohm

< 0,1 Ohm

< 0,2 Ohm

Damping Factor                 ( 50 Ohm Load)

> 600

> 500

> 250

Crosstalk @ 1 kHz

-122 dB

-120 dB

-105 dB

Crosstalk @ 15 kHz

-113 dB

-113 dB

-103 dB

THD+N @ 1kHz / 1W

-100 dB

-102 dB

-102 dB

THD+N @ 1 kHz / 0,5 W

-103 dB

-100 dB

-100 dB


... and here is the output power (always all channels driven !)

Please take a closer look to the V281 data @ 600 Ohm.
40,2 Vrms looks like world record ;-))

 

Pout max.         V / mW / dB                    @ THD < 0,1 %

 

HPA V200

HPA V220

HPA V281

RL/Ohm

Ua/V

P/mW

dBu

Ua/V

P/mW

dBu

Ua/V

P/mW

dBu

600

19,0

600

27,8

20,0

670

28,2

40,2

2700

34,3

100

15,3

2330

25,9

17,5

3050

27,0

23,7

5600

29,7

50

11,5

2630

23,4

11,6

2700

23,5

14,5

4200

25,4

32

7,9

1970

20,2

9,5

2800

21,8

9,5

2800

21,8

16

4,2

1120

14,7

4,9

1500

16,0

4,9

1500

16,0

 

Best Regards

 

Fried Reim

 

 

 

 

A few photos from the Munich High End Show 2014:

 

 

 

Black front

 

 

 

Black V220

 

 

HE-560 to listen to via V281/V220

 

 

back

 

 

Remote control, could be fully tested and works like a charm.

 

 

A few pictures of the internals:

 


Edited by Fegefeuer - 4/28/16 at 6:24am
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Wowza, that's a small fortune for this thing, still...i'm interested

post #3 of 2437

This is going to be the amp of the year!  Can't wait for it

post #4 of 2437
Will u be starting a pre order list?
post #5 of 2437
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by skysoul View Post

Will u be starting a pre order list?

 

I don't know yet if they want to do such a thing on Head-Fi, I've just asked about it. There is huge worldwide interest on these though so they'll be quite busy.

post #6 of 2437

any hint on the v220 pricing?

 

looks like the v282 is going into really competitive waters with that price tag

 

i like the extensive work done to improve usability in the input/output section, and the pot options are really exhaustive, as well as the upgraded dac options but i'm more interested in the new standalone dac offerings

 

any hint for the upcoming dac devices (v800 successor)?

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Thread Starter 

V220 will be around 1000€ basic and more depending on your upgrades. No news about V800 successor, I guess the USB option will be upgraded first before any new model.

 

*updated the OP with more pictures and new prices* (thank you Arthur!)


Edited by Fegefeuer - 2/18/14 at 3:32am
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And the v200 less expensive atsmile.gif
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Oh boy... dilemma. Wait for the new V220 or get a V200?

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Here is some info i posted in the v200 forum earlier, but since Fegefeuer asked to repost:

 

I was in touch with Fried Reim in December and i asked him about the new amps. I hope he doesn't mind, if i share  it with you guys.

 

About amps to come ...

 

We are working on successors of V181 and V200, named V281 and V220.

To save costs V220 will be the base of V281.

 

They will have double height cases so 2 "standard" units will meet the height of the new amp(s),

also the cases might be a little deeper.

The basic V200 circuitry will remain and will be implemented into the balanced V281.

The transformer will be bigger to have a bit more amp-juice and the ability to feed some nice options.

The inputs (balanced, unbalanced and the optional digital input) are selectable from the front.

There will be a (balanced ?) line output on the back.

This can be set to be adjustable or fixed to the input source.

The basic version will have a manual volume control and a manual balance control.

1st option is the remote control with motorized potentiometer for the volume and for input selecting.

2nd option is a 128-step relais based volume, also together with the inputs remote controlled.

Finally 1 of 6 digital input options may be chosen: USB/Opto/Coax with up to 96 or 192 kHz sample rate.

 

We hope to release these new amps middle of 2014.

 

Also there will be some nice priced but high featured Lake People DACs to be released soon

to establish Lake People even more as a "budget" solution under Violectric.

 

Well, I'm waiting for the v281 without question

 

 :popcorn: 


Edited by hennessys - 2/20/14 at 1:24pm
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Wait is my advice...if you can :veryevil:  At the very least the prices of the V200 on the used market will come down substantially.  I'm sticking with my V800/200 combo, have a speaker amp under way to power my hungriest beast (HE-6, the 200 powers it well but there's better to be had from even more power, curious about the specs on the upcoming model).

 

Very happy with Violectric but with the new pricing they're entering in some serious heavy hitters' water, I'm very curious to see how the new units will stack up.

 

Anyway, thanks for the info, I'm subscribed!

post #12 of 2437

Nice!

 

I thought the V281 was dead in the water for not hearing anything about it for so long.

 

I even made a speculation thread about the V281 back in 2011!!!

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/547859/new-violectric-amps-from-lake-people-coming-info-from-ceo-fried-riem

 

The balanced one looks very promising!

 

Is there an early adopter pre-order bonus program??? :biggrin:

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YEEES, sell yours v200's on the used market !!!! wink_face.gif
Edited by TontonJoK - 2/21/14 at 1:03am
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For those lacking the virtue of patience (I'm a platinum club member myself):  take a look on amazon.de

 

If you hunt patiently you'll find an attractively priced one for sure, they pop up regularly there.  Or at thomann.de , they regularly clean house of demo units and it's possible to get a hefty discount.

post #15 of 2437
Too bad I have to stick with amazon.fr !! I see good other deals on amazon.com also but I can't order, RESTRICTION ph34r.gif

Agree thomann is a very good store around here but I only see B stock to get the v200 less expensive

Can't wait anymore !!!
Edited by TontonJoK - 2/21/14 at 1:00am
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