Surprised these don’t get much love, but then again, their products are a bit on the pricey side relative to how they perform— CEO Fried Reim boasts that they “pay very very resonable wages so non (sic) of [our] employees is (sic) forced to look for a second or third job.”, which I find to be a beautiful sentiment, albeit one that leaves end consumer in a bit of a poor spot.
I’ve had the Lake People G109A at home for the last few days on loan from a friend. The G109A is the [Mass]Drop limited version of the G109S commissioned to celebrate LP/Vio’s 30th anniversary back in 2016; I got to demo a modded HD800 out of this particular amplifier some time ago, which is what re-ignited my interest in audio some years back, after happily spending preceding years listening to the first-gen AKG K550s straight out of my phone and PC.
I’m in the middle of writing more detailed impressions, but here’re some quick photos to start off. I’m obligated to say that LP/V’s admitted propensity for overcharging wasn’t much mitigated by the [Mass]Drop discount, but there are some things I really like about it. Comparisons will be to a G1217 Sunrise III with a third-party LPS out of an older Schiit Bifrost. Headphones are all varying degrees of weird in the treble.
The amp has a remarkably “clean” design, many would say boring, but in true Deutsch fashion it’s built like an absolute tank and feels like it’ll last for many years to come. It’s also surprisingly compact, fitting easily in a messenger bag for transport. My fave part absolutely has to be the volume knob— very satisfying clicks, and bonkers-good channel balance all the way down to near-zero, which is a Godsend considering most of my headphones are crazy efficient. One massive improvement over the non-anniversary edition is the bigger, gold feet, which besides looking much more impressive feel more secure than the little nubs on the production G109 series.
Haha yes big feet and impressive knobs. Very funny (I actually chuckled).