- (D) June 2009 comparative test in Professional audio Musik & Equipment
- (E) November 2009 V200 review in HiFi Statement
- (D) November 2009 comp. test in Professional audio Musik & Equipment
- (D) November 2009 V200 review in STUDIO Magazin
- (D) December 2009 comparative test in HiFi-Star
- (D) July 2010 V800 review in hifi&records
- (E) August 2010 V181 review in HEADPHONISTA
- (D) November 2010 comparative test in Stereoplay
- (E) April 2011 V181 review by John Grandberg on Head-Fi
- (E) May 2011 V200 review by John Grandberg on Head-Fi
- (E) July 2011 V200 Impressions by WarriorAnt on Head-Fi
- (E) November 2011 V100 review by Lieven Vranken on Headfonia
- (E) June 2012 V200 review by Lieven Vranken on Headfonia
- (E) July 2012 Lake People G103 / G109 review by John Grandberg on Inner Fidelity
Some reviews are availbale as PDF (D = German / E = English) We will be pleased to mail these on request !!
June 2009: G100 comparative test in Professional audio Musik & Equipment
The ones who are in need of excellent headphones for their mixing and mastering works, will find with Lehmann Black Cube Linear Pro and Lake People Phone-Amp G100 two excellent headphone amplifiers of the top class.
The purist and neutrality fetishist is well-advised with both headphone amplifiers, however, the G100 scores in addition with his relatively favorable price.
The Phonitor and the 2Control from SPL are also top devices, in contrast to Lehmann and Lake People they carry their own sound with which can be worked with. Moreover, both devices are applicable quiet versatile.
Finally, the Beyerdynamic A1 turns out to be a quite excellent headphone amplifier sharing the same class of Lake People and Lehmann - in spite of subtle tonal differences. Beyerdynamic should bring out the A1 in a pro-version, because it is also well suited for studio purposes.
... in the same journal Lake People PHONE-AMP G100 was used as the reference amp for a big headphones shootout !!
November 2009: HPA V200 review in Hifi Statement
Dr. Reinhold Martin who was in charge for testing was so impressed about HPA V200 that he ordered one piece of
HPA V200 afterwards to serve as his personal reference unit.
Read the whole story: http://www.hifistatement.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=305%3Aviolectric-headphone-amplifier-hpa-v200&catid=4%3Ahifi-intensive-en&Itemid=26&lang=en
November 2009: comparative test in Professional audio Musik & Equipment
All three Violectric headphone amplifiers are real top devices which provide together with high quality headphones a real treat for the ears.
Who would want it absolutely honest and neutral is best suited with the HPA V100.
Who requires even more detailed sound and an impulse behaviour hardly more to be excelled, has to take HPA V200 into account.
In every aspect this is the best headphone amplifier we have ever tested.
November 2009: HPA V200 review in STUDIO Magazin
My hearing test proved in practically every discipline clear advantages for the Violectric HPA V200.
It showed very exactly illustrated transients, delivered clean impulses in the area of low frequencies and was convincing with much finer details and an outlined, defined bass reproduction. My other amplifiers pointed out blurred transients which tended to be pulled wide in the time domain
and decreased impulses discernible without strain, also with deep frequency which sounded rather spongy.
In the same manner a clearly better localisation on the stereobase, a more differentiated picture of the acoustical rooms and progressive depth rates revealed from the HPA V200.
To say it with a sentence, the HPA V200 simply sounded classes better (compared to the headphone outputs of a CD player and the Benchmark DAC), comprehensible under any circustances with both headphones (Beyerdynamic DT880 / Ultrasone edition 8).
I had the impression to put on a better headphone together with the Violectric product.
December 2009: comparative test in HiFi-Stars
This test outlines Lake People PHONE-AMP G95 and PHONE-AMP G100
as well as Violectric HPA V90, HPA V100 and HPA V200
PHONE-AMP G95 is opposed to HPA V90,
PHONE-AMP G100 is opposed to HPA V100
HPA V200 als the top model is treated alone
July 2010: DAC V800 review in hifi&records
DAC V800 was tested for the first time in a german journal.
The man who was in charge for testing was so impressed about DAC V800 that he ordered one piece to serve as his personal DAC afterwards.
Part of the review was a remark from the measuring departement saying:
The measured specs are top class !
The conclusion is:
Put V800 together with some not necessarily expensive CD-transport and you will achieve a system that will
beat most of the expensive chromed and polished exclusive gear.
August 2010: HPA V181 review in Headphonista
It was HPA V181´s first apperance in an american review.
The Author was impressed by the look, by the mechanical quality and of coarse by the sound.
So Violectric´s HPA V181 immediately became the Editors choice 2010.
Read the whole story: http://www.headphonista.com/lake-people-violectric-hpa-v181/
November 2010: DAC V800 review in Stereoplay
The first comparative review of a Violectric unit in Stereoplay:
... and there was always an enthralling-powerful but also natural and spacious acoustic pattern to marvel at.
... Violectric DAC V800 also offers most features and a very well made volume control.
... On top of that the punchy, tantalising sound is appealing.
Sound Hi-Res/CD: Absolute top class 62/60 Points
Overall assessment: excellent 88 Points
Bang for the Bucks: outstanding
In conjunction with a test from Ultrasone Edition10 the HPA V181 was made the reference amp for headphones !
April 2011: HPA V181 review on Head-Fi.org
John Grandberg´s conclusion:
If you were a tube amp person looking for a solid state amp (for whatever reason), the V181 would be a great choice.
Overall I highly recommend the Violectric V181 as a versatile performer and a great product in general.
It isn't cheap but it is a good value for the price.
Read the whole story: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/548608/review-violectric-v181-balanced-headphone-amp
May 2011: HPA V200 review on Head-Fi.org
John Grandberg´s conclusion:
I ranked the V181 as "entry level high end" meaning that it was at the bottom of the highest class of headphone amps.
The V200 edges itself up a little higher than that. In fact, I believe I could get rid of my Luxman P-1u and not miss it much.
The V200 is just that good. If you are interested in a powerful amp that has the ability to cleanly drive difficult planar headphones,
yet has the finesse to produce a hiss-free black background with sensitive in ear monitors,
the V200 makes an excellent choice, and I highly recommend it.
Read the whole story: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp
July 2011: HPA V200 review on Head-Fi.org
Listening to the V200 I never once thought I was listening to an amplifier. It is not an in your face kind of amplifier.
It seems so well balanced in so many regards that it doesn't need to have any particular overbearing
characteristics to give it its overall magic. It simply does its job in every area with confidence and respect and
disappears from the sonic equation in an effortless way.
Read the whole story: http://www.head-fi.org/products/violectric-hpa-v200/reviews/5331
November 2011: HPA V100 review on Headfonia
Lieven is reporting:
"After a lot of hours of listening, it just is that addictive, I would say the V100 is a fairly neutral sounding amplifier yet it has this warmish signature which I really appreciate. At the same time it gives you a wide and precise soundstage while it always stays fun to listen to. It never gets too analytical and it is very enjoyable with all musical styles and all headphones."
Read the whole story: http://www.headfonia.com/violectric-v100-german-pro-audio-quality-by-lakepeople/
June 2012 HPA V200 review on Headfonia
After having checked the V100, Lieven judges V200:
"The V200 is the better version of the V100, and that one already was excellent. This one adds power, bass and overall detail and smoothness, but at the same time making it a little less neutral as the V100. I love the Violectric sound and they're both very good amps and I could perfectly live with any of these two as my solid state amp. If I could choose and wasn't on a budget I would go for the V200 for sure, it just is the best of both. If you want to get the best out of your hard to drive headphones, the Violectric models should definitely be on your short list, they are worth every single bit."
Read the whole story: http://www.headfonia.com/violectric-v200-the-german-solid-state/
July 2012 Lake People G103 and G109 examination on Inner Fidelity
Being very familiar with Violectric amps, John Grandberg was curious about the Lake People performance and quoted it "Stuff We Like".
"The philosophy of headphone amplification, according to Lake People, is simple: high output voltage; high output power; high damping factor due to low output impedance; and low noise through low internal gain. These four essential ingredients are easy to describe but not always easy to achieve. With the G109, and to a lesser extent the G103, Lake People have accomplished those goals. In the process they have matched or even exceeded the already high performance of the Apex Butte, which is a very respectable accomplishment. I highly recommend each amp within their particular price points."
Read the whole story: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/lake-people-g103p-and-g109p-headphone-amplifiers