So now that it's been a couple weeks since the new amps have been first heard, how are the ongoing impressions? Anybody been able to compare SE sound vs XLR output yet? and the one comparison I think the V281 will be most commonly put up against is the Auralic taurus mkII, curious how it stacks up. If the ragnarok was out then that would be the third comparison to make, and in general those three amps will probably be the solid state go to choices at that price, so knowing the differences between them is going to be crucial. They seem to each offer something unique that the other doesn't offer, so should be fun haha. I'm personally still pretty set on getting the V281 though, but that taurus mkII seems to keep popping up so I dont know yet for sure.
Ive been very busy these days so I can varely give a few minutes a day to the amp, and I will have the balanced cable by next week or the following one, so I cant compare yet.
ATM im listening it with the Senn HD800 via SE mode, and the sound is astonishing. The bass is very powerfull, controlled and deep, with good texture, the best Ive ever heard out of a HD800 and this amp gives even more precision in the treble and mids part, with body and the soundstage improved too. As I said before, this amp may not be the one with the biggest soundstage, but its character about it is to control and position all the things in the recording with perfect precision.
Ive always blamed the HD800 to sound a little thin with all the amps ive tried, no matter if they were tube or SS amps, for me the sound was always a bit thin, not as thin as K701s or DT880 but just thin. I liked a warmer / fuller sound like the LCD-2 or LCD-3, for me, the sound of the LCD-2 is still my favourite by far, but I can asure that this V281 gives a full bodier sound to the HD800 without losing a single tad of precision, transparency and detail.
Edited by Megalomaniak - 7/31/14 at 2:42am