Violectric HPA V280 - balanced headphone amp - impressions and discussion thread
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The Violectric V280
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The Violectric V280 is the slimmer brother of the V281 and aimed at all those that do not need the extra features of the V281 package but still want a powerful balanced headphone amp.
 
 
 
 
 
Features:

- Balanced inputs with gold-plated Neutrik XLR connectors
- Unbalanced inputs with gold-plated ALPS RCA connectors
- switchable unbalanced outputs with RCA connectors
- Digital input as an option, coaxial, optical, USB, up to 192 kHz
- PRE-GAIN = switchable input gain in five steps
- Independent-channel design
- DC-coupled (switchable)
- ALPS RK27 High-Grade volume control
- High-Quality op-amps in the signal path
- High-quality MKP capacitors in the signal path
- 0.1 and 1% metal film resistors throughout the unit
- 4 amplifiers with famous V200 technology
- 1 balanced headphone output, Neutrik 4-pin, gold plated
- 2 silver-plated Neutrik headphone outputs
- Relay-based headphone output cut-off
- Dual Toroidal transformer
- Large filtering capacitors in the power supply
- Switchable ground lift
- Rugged aluminium case with Nextel coating
- Solid, laser-engraved aluminium front panel

The HPA V280 is equipped with internal filters to prevent damage to the connected headphones due to high-frequency overload beyond the audible range.
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1176€ without tax, else 1400€
 
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Was hoping the price would be more in line with the previous one, this will be about £1100.  
 
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Is it available yet ?
 
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Oh, tempting... looks sleek. Would be nice to have a look inside... I guess Fried might have one with him to the show in Munich.
 
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So is this supposed to be the same sound quality as V281, just less functions? or is this 2x v200 tech compared to the V281 with 2x v220 tech?
 
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Is this the replacement for the HPA V181 mentioned in their thread or just a cut down of the V281?
 
Maybe some hope of a balanced amp around the five hundred pounds mark yet.
 
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  Is this the replacement for the HPA V181 mentioned in their thread or just a cut down of the V281?
 
Maybe some hope of a balanced amp around the five hundred pounds mark yet.

You may want to take a look at the Fostex HP-A4BL, but balanced in and of itself is not anything that magically makes anything better. Especially when considering budget you're most likely better off with single-ended amps.
 
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You may want to take a look at the Fostex HP-A4BL, but balanced in and of itself is not anything that magically makes anything better. Especially when considering budget you're most likely better off with single-ended amps.
 
Thanks, I'll  have a look at that. It's for my HD800's, so choice is pretty limited from what I read on here. 
 
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Thanks, I'll  have a look at that. It's for my HD800's, so choice is pretty limited from what I read on here. 

The V200 is an excellent choice for that, maybe look out for a used one. The slightly warm touch of the Violectric amps pairs well with the HD800
 
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The V200 is an excellent choice for that, maybe look out for a used one. The slightly warm touch of the Violectric amps pairs well with the HD800
Is it as warm as Woo amps? 
 
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  Is it as warm as Woo amps? 

While the V200 has a slightly warm touch, I can't compare to any Woo amp since I've never heard one...
 
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updated with new photos and added the manual 
 
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Op-amps, good or bad?
 
What's their purpose, saw a little controversy about their previous amp having them albeit for non-sound functions. Here we have high quality op-amps.
 
I have seen other amps make a point of stating they have no op-amps in the signal path. 
 
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