Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet
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May 25th Update: brochure attached, impedance/power table posted
May 24th Update: preorder option now available for CONUS

https://power-holdings-inc.com/Violectric-V590-Headphone-Amp-DAC-p202322694





The Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP starts the new generation for Violectric and introduces a new form factor that is much bigger than the previous generation.

Every big device will be featuring this case or dimensions, meaning the V280 and V281 successors will also come in the same shape as we can see here, of course with different front panels as nobody likes to press buttons that do nothing, except a few DJs. In the same vein of course later DACs and various digital and analogue devices.

There will be a smaller version of this case featuring entry models of the new Violectric line. The RS series for instance (as far as I know) will reappear in the new shape, now under the Violectric brand. Generally the lineup will be much bigger and more diverse.

Anyway, the V590 is a fully fledged DAC/AMP, no part of it is an addon or a "bonus". The pictures I have here are of a prototype.

There will be small changes on the real thing. A dedicated Mute LED as can be seen on the V281 front - will be introduced. There will also be some other changes to the front panel. The glossy outlines for the push buttons (except the power switch ) will disappear.

Every V590 will come with a remote, the only optional upgrade will be the volume control:

choose between default (RK27 motorized) and the same volume control of the US4+ with 256 step reed relay control (+500€)


Let's take a look at some pictures:





DIMENSIONS

(WxHxD) 290mmx80mm (90 with feet)x250 mm
Front 8 mm Aluminium sanded, brushed, black anodized, knobs with a with plastic inlay
case up to 12 mm strong aluminium, brushed and anodized


INPUTS

3 analogue inputs: 2 x RCA, 1 x XLR
4 digital inputs: optical, coaxial, AES balanced, USB
USB allows for up to 384 kHz PCM and 512 x DSD


DAC

2 x 32 Bit AK4490 per channel
New 32-bit Resampler with a dynamic range of up to 180 dB, whoever that needs, resampling settings akin to the V850

POWER and NOISE

8 dB less noise than the V281

2 x 15 Watt PSU, switchable between 115 and 230V.
gain factor 0 dB unbalanced, 6 dB balanced
extended pre-gain settings via DIP switches: -18, -12, -6, 0, +6, +12, +18 dB, same for the line out
pre and post fader now work via the push of a button on the back and not via software control.
max output voltage (balanced output, both channels driven): 32 Volt = 1,8 Watts@600 Ohm
maximum power(balanced output, both channels driven): 5 Watt@50 Ohm
Noise -100 dB / THD+N – 102 dB
output impedance < 0,2 Ohm
damping factor > 250

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This is exciting! I do have a few questions.

1. Where does DHA V590 fit in with this new lineup? Mid level? Top of the line?

2. Do you have a ball-park suggested pricing for DHA V590? I'm personally wondering as to what I should expect to pay.

3. Understanding that these pictures are of a prototype. Also aware that we in a global crisis. Any idea when this product will be made available to the public?

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1. Right now it's the TOTL DAC/AMP for Violectric, of course you never know in the future but you know that Fried never replaces models very soon. It's already quite a step from V281+V850 and yet cheaper at the same time. Also there will be separate devices like the V281 successor and of course a standalone DAC.

2. It should be 3200€ with the motorized ALPS RK27.

3. Fried posted on another forum that they plan to ship starting from June 2020.
 
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1. Right now it's the TOTL DAC/AMP for Violectric, of course you never know in the future but you know that Fried never replaces models very soon. It's already quite a step from V281+V850 and yet cheaper at the same time. Also there will be separate devices like the V281 successor and of course a standalone DAC.

2. It should be 3200€ with the motorized ALPS RK27.

3. Fried posted on another forum that they plan to ship starting from June 2020.
Same amp circuitry?
 
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Will this be an indication that the upcoming Niimbus DAC is 4490 NOT 4499 nor 4497?
 
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Not at all. US8+ just has to wait for now. It should still be at least 4499.

The amp inside the V590 is Niimbus tech trickle down, it's no V281 or V280.
 
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Looks breathtaking, modern yet tastefully done.

Question I have is why go with the DAC chip that's 5+ years old vs its upgrades, cost? My original ADI-2 has the same chip (4490) and it sounds great, just wondering why an updated one wasn't chosen.
 
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Implementation and analog side matters much much more than the chip. Else all the Meme DACs with AK4499 would be the bomb. Take a look at the Convert-2 and its use of an AD1955. That chip is almost ancient yet its implementation is superb.
 
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Not at all. US8+ just has to wait for now. It should still be at least 4499.

The amp inside the V590 is Niimbus tech trickle down, it's no V281 or V280.
I think the biggest selling point for the next gen of Violectric is the trickle-down tech from Niimbus. This approach to marketing works. Look at Aeon 2 ( basically tricke-down tech from Ether 2; and seemingly selling very well).

Have not heard Niimbus yet but I can believe the next gen of Violectric will sound even better. Can’t wait to see and hear them.
 
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Noticed the digital inputs has both PCM and DSD on the V590.From past threads, I thought Fried was very against DSD ? Perhaps there is a change of mind now :)
 
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Noticed the digital inputs has both PCM and DSD on the V590.From past threads, I thought Fried was very against DSD ? Perhaps there is a change of mind now :)
You're right. :
Fried Reim said:
Der DAC V850 bietet einstellbares Resampling und Dual-Mono Wandler (2 x PCM 1795).
Er hat auch einen USB Eingang der jedoch kein DSD kann, weil ich ein bekennender DSD Hasser bin ...
And about the V590 features :
Fried Reim said:
- der USB kann PCM bis 384 kHz und 512 x DSD - ja, ich bin über meinen Schatten gesprungen ...
 
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Clever move if Fried is going to group RS series under Violectric. Always thought their RS range is excellent value-for-money but potential somewhat limited under existing LP brand. Looks like Violectric range will expand for sure and that is a good thing.
 
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You're right. :

And about the V590 features :
Thanks for sharing this. I admire Fried’s honesty and pragmatism. He is honest and open about his earlier stance against DSD and now he is pragmatic that in the audio world, there is still a minority of audiophiles who need DSD capabilities in their set-up. To enable the Violectric brand to expand its brand footprint and compete against competition, it makes perfect business sense.
 
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Noticed the digital inputs has both PCM and DSD on the V590.From past threads, I thought Fried was very against DSD ? Perhaps there is a change of mind now :)
Today DSD, tomorrow, MQA :D
 
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