Pros: + Expressive, musical and engaging
+ Timbre realism
+ Excellent technicalities
+ Very dynamic and impactful
+ Holographic soundstage
+ Super powerful and dead silent
+ Pre-gain adjustment system
+ Balanced and unbalanced inputs now selectable via front switch
+ Excellent build quality - Made in Germany
+ Compact size
Cons: - Can't function as preamplifier
- Internal op-amps are soldered
- A remote control would be useful
The Violectric V222 is a headphone amplifier with four symmetrical output stages. It uses the same base circuit and amplifying principle as the legendary V280 but with some extra improvements.
The unit features both balanced and unbalanced inputs that are now selectable via the front switch. There are three headphone outputs, two balanced (4-pin XLR and 4.4mm) and one unbalanced (3.5mm). The V222 is a pure headphone amplifier without any digital inputs or preamplifier function.
You can adjust the internal gain of the amplifier with the famous Violectric pre-gain system. Eight dip switches are located at the back of the unit and adjust the gain separately for the left and right channels.
The chassis is entirely made of thick aluminum and the V222 is more compact than the V280 so it fits nearly everywhere.
The amplifier is extremely powerful and has the power to run almost every headphone on the planet no matter if it is a high or low impedance. At the same time it is noise free and the gain system that can be lowered as -18dB makes it suitable even for sensitive earphones.
The Violectric V222 is very musical, organic and analogue sounding and at the same time it has excellent technicallities and transparency. It is super dynamic and impactful at the low end, especially harmonious in the mid-range and extended yet smooth at the treble.
The V222 is a very powerful amplifier that blends excellent solid state technicalities with a musical and analogue sound signature more reminiscent of tubes. This is one of the best solid state amplifiers that you can buy without breaking the bank, an end game solution, especially if you value timbre realism and natural tonality.
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