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Violectric Audio HPA V90 Headphone Amplifier

Violectric Audio HPA V90 Headphone Amplifier

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Product Description
The entry-level Violectric V90 amplifier from German audio manufacturer Lake People is more compact than its brothers, with a low-noise, low-distortion circuit designed to drive a range of headphones. With a 60-volt internal operating voltage, high damping factor, and little or no self-generated noise, it delivers a clean, crisp sound with the flattest possible response Read More

I am in Turkey and I received mine today. Unfortunately there were no power cable and no users manual inside the box, only the unit. I'm quite disappointed, I hope the unit works as it should. Will know when I acquire a power cable.. :((
This is a late edit: It just occured to me that the lack of the power cable and the users manuel is probably because of the customs control. The box was severly cut, so the missing components were probably cut as well and then left out on purpose. If so, I'm just lucky that the amp wasn't damaged.
Anyway a great headphone amp and I'm enjoying it. Thank you massdrop..
Nov 11, 2016
What was the drop pprice on this?
Oct 15, 2017
JazzmanThey should really post this info instead of being all shady about past pricing. Sometimes it makes me decide to wait and hope they drop it again, other times it makes me not wait, but it's extremely useful info as a consumer
Nov 10, 2016
Drop this again, please
Oct 27, 2016
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Violectric Audio HPA V90 Headphone Amplifier and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
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Oct 23, 2016
BozoskeletonzLooks counterfeit to me. Personally, I am sketched out by AliExpress for that reason.
Oct 18, 2016
I personally have the balanced 181 and I love every sound of it. When I bought the amp used and I installed the DAC-192 insert it eventually broke. I called Mr. Fried Reim and he said "send me the device at once..." i got it back 5 days after. Fully repaired, no charge. Service in a very superior way and the sound with my Primes ... <3
Feb 23, 2016
Probably only for the reason that folks in the states are unaware of Violectric & Lake People. These amps deserve far greater recognition - they are superb. They are very well liked in Europe & should catch hold in USA with some advertising. Most pro reviews are from Europe & may need translating. The V90, V100 and L.P. G109A perform at the $1000 amp level, IMO, and I am not affiliated with either brand or MD. I would only consider the Cavalli Liquid Carbon along with these, and that one is very limited production (off now). If none of these existed I would drop back to a Meier Corda Classic/ff in this same general price range for these 5 amps. All of those cost more than the V90 & G109A. The L.P. drops occasionally as does this model here. Even some ardent enthusiasts are not familiar with the Violectric/Lake People brand, but they are really missing out until they have one.
Oct 23, 2016
I did indeed run my Ether 1.1 balanced off my Vio stack. Even had a Draug V2 cable to use with it. Got a great deal on a second hand pair. I liked it a lot. Sold it more for monetary reasons than anything else. They're very comfortable.
Oct 23, 2016
I'm 50-50 with what you're saying. I agree with a couple points. I'm not part of any mob mentality or group think. Ex. I disagree with a lot of what Tyll at innerfidelity is doing these days; especially his Wall of Fame decimating resale values every time something is stripped from it. I can come to my own conclusion and form my own opinions. Heh. I've also had a few of my comments and threads removed on head-fi as they were "jokes in poor taste." Some didn't find the humor in it; that's fine. Life goes on.
To clarify, I sell my current/old gear to assist paying for the next new toy. I don't have anything lying around other than my V850, V181, T1.1, HE-500, Violectric XLR IC's, AudioQuest AC Power Cables, AudioQuest USB A-B cable, and PS Audio Decter Power Center. All others have been sold. Some a couple of years ago now.
Out of all of those headphones, the only pairs that I'd consider buying again would be the HE-500, Ether 1.1, TH900. and T1.1. HE-500 and Ether 1.1 for music across the board. TH900 for EDM. T1.1 for gaming specifically. I usually only listen to music on my HE-500 atm and think they're incredible value these days. They suck for positional accuracy on games that I play though, so I swap to the T1.1 for that.
I'm also 25 years old. Plenty of time to get around to trying everything that's out there. Only a matter of time before the next toy rolls out and ruins resale values for the umpteenth time. I'm content to hold onto my "outdated" HE-500/T1.1 as their value can't drop any further even if it tried to. That sounds like a fair assessment to me. Maybe "better" things are out there, but I don't want to lose >$1000 each on them after 6-12 months of ownership.
Feb 13, 2016
Looks like everyone heard about that famous quote about V100 and HD800. I could not find any review on this V90 with HD800.
Dec 31, 2015
Ended up buying the Lake People G109A Anniversary version. After much digging, found from guys who owned both G109 & V90 (and some also G103 & V100), that the G109 sound is clearer. The middle gains setting works for almost all cans except the very few highest-demanding ones, then internally the gains switches can be simply adjusted for those if needed (top is popped off to reach switch). G109 is very similar to V100, and G103 is very similar to V90. The internal amp-type on G109A is same as V100 also. Decided didn't need pre-outs, so sound was deciding factor for me & G109 is on Tyell's InnerFidelity Wall Of Fame. Three other solid state desktops made the "wall", only the Meier Rock priced less. The Meier Classic or Jazz FF however may be better competition for the G109. I just couldn't bite at Meiers nor Audio GD CD-2 (NFB-1). Thought the Cavalli Liquid Carbon to be a great contender but $200 more, and maybe moreso when next production runs. If Violectric/Lake People wasn't around, probably would've then bought Meier Jazz FF.
Got my G109A today, fast delivery and price with shipping brand new 1st quality was only $440. Regular price $570 on sale to $500 with an extra additional 15% off code at checkout = "Winter-15". Not sure how long that price runs so I jumped on it a few days ago. $440 shipped is good deal, as V100 price is $760 plus shipping. Considered a used V100, but a new G109A at $320 to $335 savings (shipped) with warranty new vs new, sealed the deal as the G109A sound (with upgraded capacitors in "A" Anniversary edition, gold-feet & gold lettering) is very similar to V100. All these mentioned amps are incredible, just depends on preference and functionality. The Lake People and Violectric are built like tanks & have phenomenal customer support & advice if needed,- head-fi'ers have a good G103/G109 thread up concerning much of this. The units bought in Germany/UK (from Thomann) are 240 v types, the units bought from Violectric(Lake People) in USA are USA voltage. This will be my end-game amp for dynamics & planars. The G109A matches well with HD800 and high-demanding planars. It will run about anything but 1 or 2 headphones out there.
The V90 is exceptional & great if needing to very quickly change gains settings back & forth on unit back continuously for many headphones & if pre-outs are needed -nice functionality. Wish the G109A had those fast features, even front gains-switches would be better. Violectric & Lake People are built like tanks too. Axell Grell, the HD800 developer says V100 is 1 of his favorite amps. I can't think of a better amp <$500 than the G109A -it's performance level approaches other $1000 amps. Chosing a model just depends on the best fit for the user; maybe this will help someone.
Dec 29, 2015
Is this really 230/110V? The image says 115V only and there is no choice when joining the drop.... I need 230V
Dec 29, 2015
koolpepI also have such demand to switch between 115V and 230V. You can open the box and there is a jump wire to set 115/230 V. I emailed Lake People before I bought my V90 and they told me so.
Dec 29, 2015
LaitianAwesome. That's great indeed.
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