There will be a upsized and a downsized version of V800 in the future.
If there will be a low feature V281 in the future I can not say in the moment. We must first check what the customers think about V281.
Also, the noise figure and the damping factor will not alter with such an amp, perhaps there will be improvements concerning crosstalk.
In the moment the response for V220 / V281 is amazing but this should stay for several months/years.
Those who own V220 / V281 by now are sort of "pioneers", trusting in our skills to set up remarkable gear.
I expect there will be much more interest when the first reviews are out ... and we will have delivery time like Mercedes in the 70ties ;-))
Thanks again for your kind answer, Fried.
I have only recently tried out my HD 800s in balanced mode (well, right now I can afford any Amp up to 3K), and I am pretty much convinced of the benefits. So much that I would not consider necessary an Amp with SE headphone output(s) if I'm already happy with 4pin XLR balanced output. The same goes for a downsized V800. Especially if a standalone V281 (or V282, as you had in mind some time ago) can better the specs of the V181, and if a downsized V800 can maintain and/or better the specs of the current V800.
Right now, my dilemma is pretty much getting the best Amp possible, and so far I have only been able to audition Auralic's Taurus and Sennheiser's HDVD 800. The other two Amps in mind are of course the V281 and Questyle's CMA800R, which according to project86, pairs exceptionally well with the HD 800s.
I have to say that I have been impressed by both the Auralic and the Sennheiser, but perhaps especially with the Sennheiser. My experience with the SE output of the Sennheiser is as satisfactory as that with SE of the Taurus, but I heard a greater and more favorable difference between SE and balanced outputs with the Sennheiser. I will have the chance to audition them side by side next week, and that will certainly be an interesting listening. I would of course love to have a 281 for comparison.
The only downside of the Sennheiser, is that specs are virtually inexistent, which is a big marketing flaw in my opinion, as the Amps sounds great. The specs listed are however bested by the V281. Despite the specs of the V200 being slightly better than those of the V281, the 281 is still ahead of the Taurus specwise, and has more to offer for the same price in my humble opinion. I love the bass of my V100, but the Sennheiser is more refined, detailed and has an airier presentation, and apparently as much power on tap as the Taurus. The Sennheiser might not be as quiet as the Taurus, and perhaps this is due to higher gain, but it's impossible to tell since no specs are offered by Sennheiser regarding gain or output power into different loads.
I will be writing a couple of impressions when auditioning the Senn with the Auralic, but I might simply be a stubborn and die hard Violectric fan and go for the V281 anyhow, lol.