I just wanted to start this thread for my new to me amp, the Violectric V220. Many members have signed up for the V280 amp from Drop and I assume that will be a separate thread when people start receiving them in several weeks.
I want to set up this thread to keep notes as I go along. I will note my different experiences with several headphones, with pre-gain and comparisons against my other amps.
First off, here is a pic of the machine:
I bought this used from a gentleman in Quebec. He took a brutal loss on resale.
This amp does not have balanced out. I figure that in the long run, if this is a keeper, one of two things will happen:
- My Liquid Platinum will become the designated Balanced amp
- This amp will blow me away so much that I will pursue a V281/V280.
This amp has very low output impedance and you can also set pre-gain which will likely come in very handy. To use my Meze 99’s on the Liquid Platinum, I have to turn down my DAC noticeably and I can’t go past 8:00 on the LP volume dial. I will definitely be trying -6 and -12 with the 99’s, Grado’s and maybe even the Fostex’s.
Last technical mention is the power. The ratings are:
600 Ohms will get you 670mW
100 Ohms will get you 3050mW
50 Ohms will get you 2700mW
32 Ohms will get you 2800mW
16 Ohms will get you 1500mW
TONS of power for guy that rarely goes above 75 decibels.
On it’s very first day in its new home I have paired it with the Focal Elex’s. I want to give it it’s best chance for success.
On day one I find it crystal clear, clean and articulate. Initially, I don’t find it as warm as the LP. I am thinking several days with the Elex’s before I start changing things around.
To be clear, I am very impressed right off the bat.
Now, for the next 90 days there will be a face off between 6 headphones and five different amps/energizer. The plan is to clip the collection in September.
I will work at updating weekly in the first month or two.