Violectric HPA V550 - Blue's Brother and the successor to the V281
Oct 30, 2021 at 11:01 AM Post #271 of 312

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Happy owner of Violectric Head amp again. (owner of V200 from 2011 to 2018). Ordered V550 last Saturday and arrived on Thursday. Great price from Thomann (a bit cheaper since its a b stock) Burning in now, sounds very spacious and comfortable to me. Only downside to me is that I have to use a Furutech ADL iHP-4M3 Adaptor for my Sennheiser HD800s.
 

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Happy owner of Violectric Head amp again. (owner of V200 from 2011 to 2018). Ordered V550 last Saturday and arrived on Thursday. Great price from Thomann (a bit cheaper since its a b stock) Burning in now, sounds very spacious and comfortable to me. Only downside to me is that I have to use a Furutech ADL iHP-4M3 Adaptor for my Sennheiser HD800s.
HD800 works really well with a balanced cable. My cable has a 4.4mm Pentaconn jack, i had an adapter made by Custom Cans in the UK and it works really well with 4pin XLR. Why is it a downside?
 
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Since I have reviewed the V550 and I found the volume pot excellent regarding the adjustment and I didn't experience any channel imbalance, my opinion is get the V550 and save the money.
Do you think the Violectric is worth the extra money over the FluxLabs? You could literally buy a Volot for the same money
 
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HD800 works really well with a balanced cable. My cable has a 4.4mm Pentaconn jack, i had an adapter made by Custom Cans in the UK and it works really well with 4pin XLR. Why is it a downside?
Because I used to have Luxman P750u which has dual 3 pin XLR outputs.
 
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What I find strange about the V550 is that the power ratings are increased on lower impedances and decreased on higher impedances compared to the V281.

I'm only getting decent volume range with easier to drive headphones on my V281 having it set to to it's lowest gain of -14dB, it seems to me that this range would be decreased with the V550? It also seems to fly against industry trends of new released headphones being lower impedances.

Edit: I just noticed that the V550 has a -18dB and a -6dB switch.
 
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Oct 30, 2021 at 12:30 PM Post #276 of 312

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Do you think the Violectric is worth the extra money over the FluxLabs? You could literally buy a Volot for the same money
Sound wise I would be certainly happy with something from Flux.
If you want upgraded build quality, aesthetics and all the functionality like fully balanced and two single outputs, special gain control and a very good pre then you should pay premium.
 
Oct 30, 2021 at 1:37 PM Post #278 of 312

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Happy owner of Violectric Head amp again. (owner of V200 from 2011 to 2018). Ordered V550 last Saturday and arrived on Thursday. Great price from Thomann (a bit cheaper since its a b stock) Burning in now, sounds very spacious and comfortable to me. Only downside to me is that I have to use a Furutech ADL iHP-4M3 Adaptor for my Sennheiser HD800s.
I was looking at this one (b stock) at Thomann and Saturday evening I decided to buy it. However it was already gone.
Now I know why :)
Enjoy it!
I will wait the Black Friday to see if they have any special offer.
 
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I was looking at this one (b stock) at Thomann and Saturday evening I decided to buy it. However it was already gone.
Now I know why :)
Enjoy it!
I will wait the Black Friday to see if they have any special offer.
Cheers mate!
 
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Oct 31, 2021 at 10:49 AM Post #282 of 312

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Has anyone tried the v550/v590 and the Benchmark AHB2 with the Susvara? I'm considering getting an AHB2 for the Susvara's and using the Violectric as a pre-amp. Is there a noticeable difference in driving the Susvara's from the v550/v590 compared to an AHB2? From what I've been reading, it may be a worthwhile upgrade but interested in thoughts from anyone that has tried this, or something similar with a speaker amp.
 
Nov 4, 2021 at 5:39 AM Post #283 of 312

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Because I used to have Luxman P750u which has dual 3 pin XLR outputs.
Since you had a P750u, how do you compare it to V550?
 
Nov 4, 2021 at 9:17 AM Post #284 of 312

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Since you had a P750u, how do you compare it to V550?

different sound signature, V550 has a wider and deeper soundstage, but less detailed. It's not a fair comparsion because I changed my DAC along with the headphone amplifier.
 
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Hi all. I am using a V281 with RME adi2dac balanced runing a HD800 in balanced mode.
Anyone can compare the new HPA V550 vs the V281 ? Also i found out there is a new VIOLECTRIC HPA V340 but that one do not have balanced analog input.
 

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