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Lake People HPA RS 08

Lake People HPA RS 08

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Community, please help, what was the price on this item on last drop? Thank you.
Can someone please explain to me how on all of my husband's audio equipment (Arcam amp, Arcam irDAC and KEF speakers) there is a red and white RCA input and red and white RCA output. Why are there 2 red for the input and 2 white for the output? If going from a DAC into the headphone amp, how do you connect it if using standard red and white RCA cables? Or does it matter as long as you connect right to right and left to left?
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Oh yeah, just now noticed it. That's confusing.
Thank you for confirming this.
Please note for inner EC shippings that the German VAT (+19%) will be added !!
Vio-CEO
Thank you for this information. I thought VAT was included. Damning .
Amp would look better if the chassis was just straight instead of those grooved edges, gives it a too vintage feel. priced at 600 I'd buy one of these instantly, I sort of want a used carbon though (2.0 only)
If I didn't have the Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon - I would so jump on this amp. You will be hard pressed to find better made amps than the ones from Violectric/Lake People. These guys know what they do.
Hello From where will the amplifier be sent? I live in the EU and I am concerned about customs if the application is shipped from USA. Thanks
ers3
Any orders from the EU will be shipped from Germany. :)
The published "max output" specs are meant to be the continuous output specs (RMS, both channels driven). There are no "PMPO" or other strange measuring methods at Lake People / Violectric.
Vio-CEO
Thanks!
Vio-CEO
Thanks Fred :)
does anyone know the RMS / continuous output specs for this? I'm specifically wondering about the continuous output at 200 Ohms.
I have only been able to find the "max output" specs.
pleas what is price ? do we need balanced dac to enjoy the balanced out ? thx
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+1 I have the Vio 181 and its amazing :) @Vio-CEO : Is the interior of the 181 the same?
blunt0id
Not at all. V181 is made with 4 power op-amps which are perfectly quite. RS 08 follows a design rule that we call V100 circuitry. This is a 4-transistor amp per channel (in case of RS 08 16 functional transistors). These are arranged inside V100 as traditional thru-hole components, in case of all G109, RS 02 and RS 08 its SMC.
Will some owners of HPA-RS-08 please share their audio impressions of this new amp ?
The Lake People HPA RS 02 at a lower price level than the 08 looks interesting.
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Very short is the list of relatively affordable amps that can swing this much voltage into high impedance loads while delivering gobs of current into planar models, with variable gain and an inky black silent background with even the most sensitive IEMs.
Here is the RS 08 user manual for those who would like to take a closer look at all the details.
http://violectric-usa.com/download/Lake%20People%20RS%2008%20Manual.pdf
There is typo for the voltage: 320 or 115 V AC 15 VA
There's no 3 pin XLR balance in/out for that price?
nop.
CarlosUnchained
Note that the RCA outputs have three different modes. Quality, Features, and Low Price -- pick two. Actually, for a balanced amp of this quality, this *is* a low price!
FYI, the RS 08 is basically two V100's in a box. It has 16 transistors in its output stage -- four each for L+, L-, R+, R-. By comparison, the V181 was built with power op-amps, not discrete transistors. Yes, I am a Lake People / Violectric fanboy. But there's a reason for that !
Why would I get this over a Jotunheim?
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avip
If you believe that all headphone amps sound the same, then there are cheaper alternatives than a Jotunheim !
avip
Also this amp has a different power curve than the Jot. It has more power at the higher impedance and lower at the low impedance. Where the Jot has more power at the low impedance and less at the high. Damn, now I want one for my HD650 and HD700. Was thinking of getting Jot but I think this would fair better with the Senns. Hopefully this comes back later on next year. I'm in the middle of building my new PC.
Why balanced hp output and no balanced analog input option? Kind of defeats the purpose a bit... in my mind, atleast.
dsmit125
Most audiophile speaker amps have bridged outputs available (what we refer to as a balanced headphone connection), yet only RCA inputs. The term 'balanced' is improperly used or misunderstood when it comes to headphone amplifiers. Both channels have their own isolated ground (+ - Left and + - Right) from input to headphone output. Layman's terms is that the RCA connection of the LP HPA RS 08 doesn't limit the headphone connection in any way. Edit: adding two links for you. https://www.headphone.com/pages/balanced-headphones-guide http://violectric-usa.com/download/Balanced%20Headphone%20Amplifier%20Explained.pdf
dsmit125
The primary function of a balanced input is to eliminate noise that is picked up on the way to the amp. Since the RS 08 is typically used with a DAC that sits only a foot away, there's no need for a balanced input.
On the other hand, if you really believe in balanced design, then you need an amp that's balanced from input to output. There are very few of those.
See the links that socks_OCD posted above!
It appears to me that the Lake People HPA RS 08 may be the best option in its respective price point for consumers who were previously interested in the now discontinued Violectric HPA V181 and/or Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon. Not only that, if you're in the market for a matching DAC, Lake People has you covered with their recently released LP DAC RS 06
Headfonia has posted reviews of the LP HPA RS 08 (& 02 not a part of this drop) as well as the aforementioned LP DAC RS 06 (not a part of this drop). I'll also post a link to the corresponding product threads on head-fi
http://www.headfonia.com/review-lakepeople-rs02-rs08-simply-wonderful/ http://www.headfonia.com/review-lake-people-dac-rs-06-stripped/ http://www.head-fi.org/t/821341/lake-people-hpa-rs-02-hpa-rs-08-thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/806611/violectric-lake-people-dac-rs-06
socks_OCD
Lake People HPA RS 08 vs. Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon 1.0/2.0
Key Differences > Power Specs > Unity Gain > 4x Pre-Gain switches for 5 gain positions on RS 08 (located on back) vs. Low or High Gain on LC (located on front). > # of I/O > RS 08's passive/active feedthrough options via a jumper. > RS 08 isn't discontinued or a limited production run. > Entire Cavalli Audio line/catalog from the most current generation is now discontinued. > LC 1.0 has a lifetime, transferable warranty. > LC 2.0 has an unknown to me warranty (I'll update with clarification), non-transferable. > LC 1.0 was barebones w/o any accessories. > LC 2.0 was bundled with rubber feet, 1.8 m (6 ft.) AudioQuest NRG-X3 AC Power Cable, Sonic Studio's Amarra Hifi Music Player software, and a charcoal heather Hanes Tagless Cavalli Audio T-Shirt which imo artificially raised the price > Cavalli Audio is a sponsor on head-fi which imo may artificially raise prices
Key Similarities > Best Performance Running Balanced. > Price is in the same ballpark of each other. > Size. LC: 127 mm (W) x 178 mm (D) x 45 mm (H) RS 08: 168 mm (W) x 145 mm (D) x 49 mm (H) > Adjustable gain. > Adjustable Region Voltage spec.
socks_OCD
the LP DAC RS 06 should be on here, that is something I might be interested in at a nice discount
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