I almost snarfed my coffee when I saw this since I just placed an order for a V200/V800 combo last Friday.
Then again, despite some previous replies calling for V200's going up for sale, I did an Audiogon search for Violectric and not finding V200s for sale.
I love the sound from my Placette Passive Linestage with it's 120+ settings and have passively* been looking for a stepped attenuator that provided more than the 24 positions on a HeadAmp GS-X mk2, so kudos to Lake People for providing this as an option. That being said, I'd have a lot more trouble swallowing the price of their new products sight unseen without wanting to research more comparisons since that starts pushing into range of other highly regarded SS products such as the Auralic Taurus and HeadAmp GS-X mk2.
* - pun intended
To save costs V220 will be the base of V281.
I wonder how we should interpret this. IIRC, the balanced V181 and single-ended V200 are pretty similar, but have different output designs and power supply. So maybe this means the V281 will be a strict upgrade from the V220, where the balanced-capable V181 generally seems to be a side-grade or down-grade from the single-ended V200?