Violectric HPA V280FE Final Edition Headphone Amplifier

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Violectric HPA V280 Final Edition

The HPA V280 FE (Final Edition) is a re-development of the well known Violectric HPA V280.

It offers a powerful true balanced headphone amplifier.
The circuitry was regenerated with the latest findings from the multiple test winners from Lake People, Violectric and Niimbus. Because of its matchless technology HPA V280 FE not only offers one of the most powerful headphone amplifiers in the market, but also:

The HPA V280 was developed with the target to enable ultimate transmission quality for low- , medium- and high-impedance headphones. These may also be balanced versions !!

Due to its specific, variable, low-noise and low-distortion circuit design especially optimised for dynamic headphones, the HPA V280 fulfils even highest demands.
Like his "bigger brother" HPA V281 also HPA V280 uses our famous V200 amp technology to enable the typical uncolored but smooth sound signature.

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.

because of low internal gain.
Therefore the self generated noise from the amplifer is not audible.

through balanced amp technology.
Therefore best suited for high impedance headphones.
Over 95 % of all headphone amplifiers in the market offer not half that voltage !!

because of powerful amplifiers able to deliver much more current a headphone needs.
Therefore best suited for low impedance headphones and even magnetostatic cans !!

through lowest output impedance.
Therefore best suited for full control even over critical headphones with the garantee to have flatest possible response.

- Balanced inputs with gold-plated Neutrik XLR connectors
- Unbalanced inputs with gold-plated ALPS RCA connectors
- switchable unbalanced outputs with RCA connectors
- optional digital input (USB or Coax or Optical)96 or 192 kHz
- PRE-GAIN = switchable input gain in five steps
- Independent-channel design
- 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 V200 technology
- 1 balanced headphone output, Neutrik 4-pin, gold plated
- 2 single ended silver-plated Neutrik headphone outputs
- Relay-based headphone output cutoff
- 2 large toroidal transformers
- Large filtering capacitors in the power supply
- Switchable ground lift
- Rugged aluminium case with Nextel coating
- Solid, laser-engraved aluminium front panel

The four built-in amplifiers provide balanced operation of headphones !!
Connection is made via 4-pin Neutrik XLR connectors.
Two “standard” headphones may be connected via 1/4" jacks on the front panel.
This amp may be equipped with one of six different digital inputs: Coaxial, Optical or USB with either 24/96 kHz or 24/192 kHz Case and back panel are made of aluminium and are Nextel coated. The 8 mm frontpanel is black or silver anodized. The labeling is laser engraved.

Technical Data
Balanced Inputs: 2, gold plated XLR connectors
Unbalanced Inputs: 2, gold plated RCA conncetors
Impedance: 10 kohms
Unbalanced Line Outputs: 2, gold plated RCA connectors
Amplifier Channels: 4 (Stereo Push-Pull)
Nom. input level: + 6 dBu
Amplifier Gain: +8 dB
... with PRE-GAIN: -4 / +2 / +8 / +14 / +20 dB
Frequency range: 0 Hz ... 60 kHz (-0,5 dB)
Output Impedance: 0,165 Ohms
Damping Factor @5 0 Ohm: 300
Dynamic range: > 129 dB (A-wtd)
Noise: < -97 dBu (A-wtd)
< -102 dB @ 10V in 100 Ohms (1W)
< -99 dB @ 4V in 32 Ohms (0,5W)
Crosstalk: < -115 / -105 dB (@ 1 / 15 kHz)
Max. output level (bal. mode):
> 32,9 Veff in 600 ohms = 1800 mW
> 28,2 Veff in 300 ohms = 2650 mW
> 23,0 Veff in 100 ohms = 5300 mW
> 12,4 Veff in 50 ohms = 3100 mW
> 9,1 Veff in 32 ohms = 2600 mW
> 4,9 Veff in 16 ohms = 1500 mW
unbalanced Outputs: 2 x 1/4" phone jacks
balanced output 1, gold plated 4-pin XLR connector
Power supply: 230 / 115 V AC 30 VA
Dimensions: 170 x 49 x 320 mm (W x H x D)
Case Material: Aluminum


Introduction to Violectric

... is a trademark and product line of Lake People electronic GmbH. Lake People electronic GmbH develops, manufactures and distributes products in the professional range, for broadcast, television, airports, exhibition halls, festival venues, theatres, large-scale installations, private studios and more. In the private sector as well, Lake People products become increasingly popular due to their outstanding quality.
The Violectric trademark and product line is specially intended to supply the Hi-Fi and High-End market with its specific requirements.

Who develops Violectric equipment?

Violectric devices are exclusively developed in Germany by the engineers of Lake People electronic GmbH. In doing so, the team of developers can draw on twenty years of experience and countless products for the pro-audio domain.

Who manufactures Violectric equipment?

Violectric devices are exclusively manufactured in Germany by Lake People electronic GmbH or contractors in the company's vicinity. Lake People - and by association Violectric - put high emphasis on domestic manufacturing. As well, all component suppliers are chosen in order achieve the main part of added value inland.

Introduction to Lake People

Established in 1986, we have since become your partner for professional audio electronics. Following our motto “tools - not toys”, we achieved highest reputation during the past years amongst our customers. These are private studios, broadcasters and TV companies. Also airports, congress and exhibition centres count on the reliability of our products made in Germany. This all began under the roof of Rosgartenstrasse 13 in the city of Konstanz. Here, three young guys started with the development and manufacture of limiters and noise gates but not too successfully in the beginning. The commercial survival on a very low level was made possible by the production of headphone amplifiers. From 1989 on, the production range was extended to level matching and balancing amplifiers such successfully, that it came essential to move to larger premises.

Since 1991, the new address read: Haidelmoosweg 52. Due to the developement of the first german 20-bit A/D and D/A converters in the beginning nineties, the name Lake People resounded throughout the land. Suddenly, the company was regarded as a high-tech brand, with a highly positive effect on its public reputation. The growing know-how led to many new products in the analog and digital domain during the following years. Although some projects turned out to be flops, most devices met the customers' requirements, with the effect of continuous growth of the company. By the end of the nineties the 140 m² of Haidelmoosweg 52 went cramping.
Again, a move to new premises came necessary. As it was obvious that rental facilities would not meet the demands, we decided to put up our own building. The company site was constructed in 2000 in a new industrial park in Konstanz, Turmstrasse 7a, just a hundred metres from the lake. Also in 2000, Lake People was transformed into a Ltd. company.

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Violectric HPA V280FE Final Edition Headphone Amplifier

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Amplificatore straordinario.

Mi accingo a fare questa recensione premettendo subito che il V280FE è stata una bellissima sorpresa, un salto di qualità che non avrei mai immaginato
Ero convinto, infatti, che qualsiasi amplificatore decente ( di quelli che si trovano a prezzi relativamente bassi ma comunque ben realizzati) fosse sufficiente per avere delle ottime prestazioni nell’ascolto in cuffia, perché in realtà la maggior parte del lavoro l’avrebbe fatta un DAC di buona qualità.
E perciò al mio DAC CHORD avevo collegato vari amplificatori dal prezzo contenuto ma con caratteristiche tecniche interessanti (come lo SMSL SP200, lo SHIIT JOTUNHEIM, ed il Topping A90 ) ottenendo effettivamente delle buone prestazioni , ma purtroppo mai eccellenti come invece mi aspettavo, ( e questo usando cuffie di ottimo livello come ad es. la HD800S).
Di conseguenza già da un pò stavo maturando l’idea che per ottenere quei miglioramenti che desideravo , forse, avrei dovuto cambiare ancora qualcosa.
Così dato che In passato avevo sentito parlare più volte e sempre bene degli amplificatori Violectric ho provato a contattare Playstereo.
Dopo aver avuto uno scambio di mail illuminante con il competente e gentilissimo sig. Gerardo Ventura, ho deciso di seguire le sue indicazioni e di mettere alla prova il Violectric HPA V280 FE, pensando che la differenza di prezzo rispetto ai soliti amplificatori da me usati si sarebbe fatta sentire in qualche modo . Così ho proceduto all’acquisto, rassicurato anche dal fatto che diversamente avrei potuto restituire l’oggetto grazie alla prova dei 30 giorni che Playstereo, molto saggiamente, mette a disposizione dei suoi clienti.
Ebbene al primo ascolto, mi si è aperto un mondo , mi sono subito reso conto della differenza abissale rispetto agli oggetti da me usati in passato.
il V280FE è un amplificatore caldo ,ma mai aggressivo che non stanca nell’ascolto, al punto che non ti staccheresti mai , brano dopo brano.
Il suono è corposo , pieno di dettagli e con un palcoscenico sonoro ampio e tridimensionale. La sensazione di essere ad un concerto dal vivo è presente e molto accattivante.
Le mie cuffie hanno tutte preso vita regalandomi nell’ascolto sensazioni nuove con sfumature e dettagli che mai avevo ascoltato prima.
Se avete la possibilità di acquistare il V280FE , fatelo senza esitazioni, sicuramente non ve ne pentirete.
Prodotto da end game , non avrete più la necessità di cercare altrove.
Per quanto mi riguarda consiglio fortemente il Violectric V280FE, il salto di qualità è garantito !!!

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