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Lake People G109A Limited Edition Headphone Amp

Lake People G109A Limited Edition Headphone Amp

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Does anyone know if both headphone outputs work simultaneously, and if so, what the power ratings would be to each if both sets of cans had the same impedance?
Hi. Can somebody advise what was the lowest price for this drop? thanks
This is the only amp I'm aiming for now; shall join the drop the moment (if) it's back. My K712 is seriously gathering dust waiting for a worthy team member. The DacPort Slim just doesn't cut the mustard
phoenixsong
If you're impatient, you can always buy direct from Violectric USA. http://violectric-usa.com/specials/g109a-anniversary-edition
socks_OCD
Thanks for the advice, but I don't think it is available for shipping to my country. Either that or I don't know how to go about it XD
Dang.. so close. :(
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I have one from Massdrop, I don't think anyone will buy for €5.000 LOL
Hi all! We decided to run this drop until Thursday to give more people a chance to commit.
Matt.T
More extension beyone Thursday?
Matt.T
Was very interested in this amp but just bought the grace and haven't received it yet so hard to justify buying another amp while waiting for the amp I just bought. Hopefully you will run this again.
I'm excited for this amp. It looks like a great all around amp for any headphone. I can't wait to do some A/B testing with both my high and low impedance headphones.
G109A is an amp that you can connect any dac to. The m9XX is a dac/amp without any line level inputs. You are stuck with the dac that is built into it. So, if you like to try different dacs or like to upgrade your dac, than you are better off with the G109A.
Having said the above, the NuForce HA-200 (399.98 for two) mono-blocks appear to be a better deal/value because of a greater discount. Both have gotten positive feedback, though the NuForce having been reviewed professionally reviewed my have more (or less) "reliable" feedback. I think this is the third time I've seen the G109A offered at the same price (389.99 lowest drop) and probably not the last. Not a bad thing, but the price is not competitive with the NuForce.
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The NuForce when configured as monoblocks offers full balanced operation (source and headphones). Of course you need headphones that accept a balanced output (or modify your own). I won't go into the techno-drivel as to why it is better as there is a lot of it on the net. That said, all things being similar the balanced version always seems to sound better. The H10 does have pure class A operation, but no balanced output to the headphones. And the G109A has neither.
Compassionator
Thanks, given my headphones are not balanced, that would lead me to lean towards the H10. I just don't know much about Gustard and if there are any quality concerns to be leery of.
are the orders from Europe shipped from Germany or from USA?
peterlask
USA
How does this compares to the grace design m9xx.
qu11355
I have not heard the m9XX, and I can't answer if they have any difference in sound quality.
A quick glance at both specs shows the m9XX has 3 inputs verses the G109A's one input. Also, M9xx has an onboard DAC that the G109A lacks. However, the G109A is the more powerful of the two amps and, from my understanding, will drive any headphone you plug into it. Another difference, if it matters to you, is that the m9XX is made in the U.S.A. and the G109A is made in Germany. I'm sure there are many more things I missed, but I hope that helped some.
Just got my LP G109A about an hour ago. I am running it from Macbook to Dacport Slim (line out setting) and listening with some HE-500s. I have it at default gain setting, and I have to keep the volume at about 2 o'clock for my ears. Maybe I need to open her up and set it to high gain?
I have to say it does sound better than just using the Dacport Slim by itself. No matter what, it is time to A B some headphones with the double jack ports! I will write down some layman impressions about this amp as I notice things.
Edit: Two hours into owning the G109A. I don't know all these fancy audio terms, but my random music mix struck some Joplin's "Down on Me" and the hairs on my arm stood up. Afterwards, some of Ray's "I've Got a Woman" started playing, and I was hopping around in my office chair. Was it the amp that made a difference? I don't know, but i'm still listening, and I'm still having a good time.
Edit: I have been running the G109A for about 8 or 9 hours, and I have listened to it for about 5 hours total. Compared to my only other amp, the Dacport Slim, things sound fuller and smoother-- much to my enjoyment. I like that there seems to be a bit more reverberation in some of my music that I didn't notice before. However, there is a pristine ring from some female vocals, Genevieve from Company of Thieves comes to mind, that I can't decide if I prefer. Sometimes I really like that clean soaring sound that is produced, and other times I miss that tiny touch of gritty raspiness that I'm not hearing as much of with this amp. Also, unlike the Dacport Slim the G109A does not run warm. It has stayed cool to the touch throughout. Overall, I would say I am enjoying this amp greatly. It's giving me upgrade fever for a new DAC!
Its RCA inputs are incompatible with my locking RCA connectors. Looks like even Lake People/Violectric's own RCA cables would be incompatible, as they also feature locking connectors. There seems to be no reason the openings on the back plate for the RCA connectors could not be a little larger. That, or use the RCA's which attach directly to the back plate.
I'm burning it in on the AKG K7XX's, which I thought sounded a little too polite on the Grace m9XX. I'm using the Grace as the DAC. I think the G109A woke them up. More phones to follow.
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Should be getting mine tomorrow!
We have some great news everyone. Our vendor has all the necessary inventory in place, as well as the shipping labels. They just need to finish preparing all your individual orders for shipment. Fulfillment will commence tomorrow and should wrap up in the next few days!
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 2/22 or sooner if something comes up.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Lake People G109A Limited Edition Headphone Amp and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 2/22.
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I couldn't say no to giving this amp a spin with my HE-500s after seeing how much more compact it is compared to another amp, the Gustard H10, and how it outputs about the same power at 38 ohms ( approx 1600mw).
Really close to thinking about pulling the trigger for this, but not sure if it is worth alone for using it with a Q701. Stuck between either this or the Magni2 (+ dac stack maybe). Though I like the idea of having this as a "future proof" amp whenever I get around to climbing up higher on the headphone ladder (e.g. HD800).
I contacted the designer to get answers to my questions. This model runs in class AB and the output impedance is <0.2 ohm. I'm in!
I have one of these, as in the non anniversary version of the G109. I'm pretty happy with it, I have a pair of 250 ohm Beyer Dynamic 990's and its a super match. I also have a pair of HiFi 560, while they are better head phones, the Beyer 990 and the Lake people G109 is a good match. I paid $525.00 for mine so this is a fair deal. I need to say I got this as a match for my Audioquest night hawk's and am pretty happy. They are much more expensive that the Beyer' 990 so its expected to hear a better combo,, Im just trying to say I was surprised how good the Beyer 990 and Lake people go together. This is much more refined a sound than the Schiit Asgard 2 ( which i traded in for a Schiit Mjolnir 2). To do better you need to drop close to a grand and then get something like the Resonessance HP which is a Dac / Amp or go whole hog and get the mjolnir 2, amp only, which is an end game headphone amp, BUT its strictly made for balanced out put. At 389.00 , if that's what it ends up being, this is more than fair value, AND you can live with this with out worring about upgrading. FYI the Beyer Dynamic DT 990- 250 ohm are fairly cheap as well, like 250$. Lots of power. If i had one complaint it's that the gain switches are internal. ( so you have to unscrew the top) I have 5 pr head from 32 ohm to 600 ohm phone so I only use two on this as normally you would want the gain on the exterior. To get that on the Lake people / Violectris you need to spend a lot more. Another $60 and you get a Schiit Lyr2. Thats pretty sweet, tubes ( don't get the SS as well , just use the tubes as thats what its made for) and it got an exterior switchable gain if you need it. Id honestly say its 6 of one and half dozen of the other. I just wanted to say if you got a pair of DT 900 snag this one, you will be happy.
Is this circuitry Class A? What's the output impedance?
Sorry, I had to drop-out of this drop. Got a great deal on a Liquid Carbon - so Lake People have to wait for a bit....
Is this amp voltage input 115V only? I'm in Asia , 220-240V.
Julery
At the top it says "Note: This drop is limited to 30 units. At checkout, you'll have your choice between the 115V and the 230V version."
Has anyone used this amp with MrSpeakers Alpha Dog?
How would this compare to the modi/magni I have now?
MysticSolar
m&m is best for its price.
MysticSolar
The entry level Schiit stack is very decent and punches well above their price. However you would still need the Modi, as the G109 is an amp only. I sold my Magni2U some time ago but kept the Modi2U. I am pretty sure the G109 will outperform the Magni2U. That's why I am in this drop ;-)
I have a Burson Lycan, and its amazing for my HE400s, not so much for my Beyer DT880 600 ohms; so this (G109A) Versus the Gustard H10?
Relikk356
I will find out, had the H10 for a long time and regret selling it, but let's see how the G109 performs, I expect it to be a bit better than the H10 and hopefully even better than my Burson Conductor.
Cool to see the G109 on Massdrop. Violectric/Lake People make great amps. My G109S drives my HD650 and HE400 beautifully and has yet to disappoint.
K550..........NICE! AKG forever!! lol I have the newer and improved version, the K553 Pro, but the K550 is a classic!
Looks like a nice amp!
What's the ouput impedance?
They really should have put a stepped attenuator in this to make it meaningful.
Received on 17 Dec, real quick shipping. Guess I'll help myself to the amp... =D