Violectric HPA V181 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Violectric HPA V181 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

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A balanced amp with excellent German build quality, the Violectric V181 has what it takes to drive everything from IEMs to HD800s to big orthodynamics with ease. Its low-noise, low-distortion circuit delivers clarity and detail through the whole spectrum, in a sleek gray aluminum body with statement gold feet and Violectric’s signature infinity sign on the front panel Read More

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wild_one
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Dec 18, 2015
Finally have all the pieces, but no space right now to put it all together... Guess that's my project for tomorrow!
ArthurM
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Dec 12, 2015
Exciting news group! We’re happy to report that all of the orders have been shipped out and are now on the way to you! Please allow 24-48 hours for tracking to get into the shipper's system and start updating.
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ArthurM
2682
Dec 7, 2015
Great news group! We placed the order for the Violectric HPA V181 Balanced Headphone Amplifier shortly after the drop ended.
Our vendor will be preparing it for shipment.
The moment we receive confirmation regarding the shipping schedule from the vendor, we will provide you all with updated information.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/14 or sooner if something comes up.
socks_OCD
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Dec 3, 2015
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socks_OCD
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Dec 4, 2015
If you want to skip wait times for some nice custom headphone cables, I've been browsing the head-fi classifieds and found some sweet deals on used cables. Lol. Highly recommend it.
wild_one
235
Dec 4, 2015
Luckily I'm in no big rush, I don't even have enough power outlets to set this up right now. Just need to see about going from 2 3-pin XLR to 1 4-pin XLR just to use the CMA800R at some point with all my other custom cables.
Jazz1
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Dec 1, 2015
Can these work well with my Hifiman HE-560's?
socks_OCD
222
Dec 2, 2015
Short answer: yes. The V181 is rated at 10.2 V and 2100 mW into 50 ohm loads. HE-560 is 45 ohms iirc. They shouldn't be underamped or short on power. Synergy of the pairing is subjective of course. There are of course those chosen consumers that pair planars with speaker amps. I haven't personally paired the HE-560 with the V181. Page 30 of the manual has some power ratingsas well as other specs. http://violectric-usa.com/download/Violectric%20V181%20Manual.pdf
BobJS1
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Nov 30, 2015
I see the description says "optional USB inputs". Does that mean these units have no USB? Is USB input available on the units in this drop?
nicpope
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Nov 30, 2015
USB is available as an upgrade from Violectric. It does not come stock on the v181 as it is a standalone headphone amp, but I think you're better off with a standalone DAC here rather than the add on card.
UNKNOWN_OPERATOR
4
Nov 26, 2015
I have the V100. Preferred it to the V200. I'm in for the V181. Need 1 more to join...
zeeman
13
Nov 25, 2015
why not offer this amp and the DAC on this drop at 50% off MSRP if you buy the combo? That would make sense and be a truly good drop. For that deal, I would be in, in a heartbeat. any thoughts????
wild_one
235
Nov 29, 2015
Outside of an O2, I don't have any amp only units that are in use. Everything else is basically a DAC/Amp combo, so for now I guess I'm building out with a few discrete models that I can run in balanced mode.
socks_OCD
222
Nov 30, 2015
Cool, cool. I could recommend the Matrix Mini-i Pro as a dedicated dac for your HPA V181 purchase. It performs on a quite high level considering the price. It's a sabre dac. A well made sabre dac imo. There will always be something better of course; decide with your research, ears and wallet. ;)
I really like the pairing. The soundstage and spatial image is much larger ime running my Mini-i Pro + HPA V181 + DT990/600 balanced [see my OP photo]. X, Y and Z axis gains! I'm not sure the experience will be the same with different dacs and headphones though to be fair.
needhelp
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Nov 23, 2015
Will. Your article talked about hd800. So......
socks_OCD
222
Nov 23, 2015
I just upgraded from my Violectric HPA V100 to the V181 last week. If you're looking for an excellent fully balanced amplifier, look no further. Their V281 is simply beyond my means. I wish I would've just bought the V181 for the extra $250 or so over the V100 initially and saved some cash. $750 is what I paid for my V100 earlier this year!* Anyone jumping in on this is lucky. Maybe I can get a price match? ;') It was worth the extra expense in my book. Idk how I'll be able to go back to Single Ended use. If you're only going to use it single ended, I'm sure it's worth it depending on our personal preferences. Owning the V181 allows you to pursue venturing into fully balanced audio later without having to replace the amp; a 'free upgrade' as I like to call it. I added an imgur album of my own unboxing I posted in the headphones for metal thread on head-fi. I ended up returning the headphone, but kept the amp. :D
Here's a review:http://www.head-fi.org/t/548608/review-violectric-v181-balanced-headphone-amp
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Kenzo
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Nov 25, 2015
you change your dt990's cable???
socks_OCD
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Nov 25, 2015
Sorry to go off-topic from the V181. Seeing as I'm pairing this headphone with it at the moment... fair game. Lol. Someone recently asked me about the recable in the DT990 drop discussion. I'm sure there may be some resources on/in diy (sections of) various forums and/or maybe even a youtube tutorial. See the following resources. I'll include the exact listing for the pair I purchased as well. There are a few individuals that offer services like this. http://www.diyaudioblog.com/2011/12/recabling-pair-of-beyerdynamic-dt880.html http://www.diyaudioblog.com/2015/05/beyerdynamic-balanced-removable-4-pin.html http://www.head-fi.org/t/780083/barely-used-beyerdynamic-dt990-600-ohm-balanced-with-removable-up-occ-cable-and-adapter