Review: LakePeople RS 02 & RS 08 – Simply Wonderful

Disclaimer: the LakePeople HPA RS 02 and RS 08 were sent to us on loan for this review by the US Distributor of Violectric/LakePeople. The units will be returned after this review.

 

Ok, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat.  Yes, the Lake People RS 02 and RS 08 are kind of ugly.  Yes, they have no real style.  No, they are not going to catch your eye, make your heart flutter, or make your friends cry out “that amp is badass!”  But come one!  Who gives a %$*@?  I am reminded of a scene from Parks and Recreation, where Ron Swanson has built a chair that is being praised by a lifestyle guru, Annabel Porter.

Porter: I discovered Ron’s chairs a few months ago, and what I absolutely love about a Swanson is you can really use it for anything.

Ron: Yes, mostly you use it for sitting.

Porter: Make it a rustic accent piece in your solarium.  Even better, use it as a focal point in your yoga tent.

Ron:  Put it by a table and eat a meal.

You sit on chairs.  End of discussion.  Headphone amps are to amplify a sound signal and power headphones.  End of discussion.  It you want your amp to be an accent piece or as a status symbol, this isn’t the amp for you, nor am I the critic for you.  Should you see me walking down the street, please pass on the other side.  Don’t go to the same restaurants as me or shop at the same stores.  And, no, you most definitely can’t date my daughter!  Now, if you are in the market for a great amp, and want to save a few bucks, please read on.  (but you can’t date my daughter, either)

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The HPA RS 02 & RS 08

The Reference Series (RS) amps 02 and the 08 are a refreshing of the Lake People amp series, but, as of this time, will not be taking the place of the well regarded (by me and others) G109.  The RS 02 and 08 both use the pre-established circuitry of the Violectric V100.  The G109 was already quiet similar to the V100.  Although I never had them side by side to compare, I do think they V100 might be a bit more forward and a have a touch more body in the mids than the G109.  But then that might just be my memory playing tricks on me.  I loved the G109.  I love the V100 and I love the RS 08.  It might not hurt to peruse these old reviews for a refresher on the V100:

https://www.headfonia.com/violectric-v100-german-pro-audio-quality-by-lakepeople/

https://www.headfonia.com/lake-people-g109s-wonderful-world/

Features & Specs

RS 02

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– Unbalanced inputs with gold-plated RCA connectors
– Unbalanced line-outputs with gold-plated RCA connectors
– PRE-GAIN = switchable input gain in five steps
– Line-outputs internally switchable to three modes:

  • Passive feed-through
  • Active feedthrough without volume control (pre fader)
  • Active feedthrough with volume control (post fader)

– 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
power amps with 4 transistors per channel
2 silver-plated Neutrik headphone outputs
– Relay-based delayed headphone output cut-off
– Toroidal transformer
– Large filtering capacitors in the power supply
– Switchable ground lift
– Rugged aluminum case, black anodized
– Aluminum front- and back panel

RS 08

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– Unbalanced inputs with gold-plated RCA connectors
– Unbalanced line-outputs with gold-plated RCA connectors
– PRE-GAIN = switchable input gain in five steps
– Line-outputs internally switchable to three modes:

  • Passive feed-through
  • Active feedthrough without volume control (pre fader)
  • Active feedthrough with volume control (post fader)

– 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
2 x 2 power amps, each with 4 transistors
– 1 x balanced headphone out with 4-pin XLR connector
2 x unbalanced headphone out with 1/4″ & 6.3 mm connector
– Relay-based delayed headphone output cut-off
– Toroidal transformer
– Large filtering capacitors in the power supply
– Switchable ground lift
– Rugged aluminum case, black anodized
– Aluminum front- and back panel

More about these amps and how they sound can be found on Page Two, Right after the jump or the click HERE

Review: LakePeople RS 02 & RS 08 – Simply Wonderful
4 (80%) 17 votes

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7 Comments

  • Reply November 8, 2016

    Serge M

    How do you think can it throw the Schiit Mighty Jutenheim considering the price and generally better specs of the latter? Thanks!

  • Reply November 9, 2016

    Dave

    I figured I would get asked this right away. And I have no idea. I would love to do a review of the Jotenheim as it looks awesome for the price, but Schiit won’t even return my requests to say no. If you have on you want to send me, I would be all ears!

    • Reply November 9, 2016

      SERGE M

      Thank you for the answer and sorry I don’t have one either! And I’m waiting for review from your site to make a decision of getting one as for price/praise ratio Jotunheim looks like a real bargain. It’s strange that despite all the hype on the forums one cannot find any review from professional reviewers.

  • Reply December 12, 2016

    sanjeewa samaranayake

    could you kindly comment on HPA V281 balanced vs RS 08 for HD800.

    Also V850+HPA V281 balanced vs RS 08 amp and RS 06 DAC for HD800?

    I noted that HPA V281 and RS08 spec on paper is quite similar despite about 1/3 of the price

    I infact have V850+HPA V281 balanced with HD800. but want to recommend something to a friend and if the difference is not much should not asked to pay 2-3 times

    • Reply December 17, 2016

      Dave

      Well, I don’t have the V281, but to my understanding, it is a bit warmer and less neutral. I did like the HD800s on the RS 08. Sorry I can’t be of more help here.

  • Reply January 14, 2018

    Randy

    Which cables do you use with this amp?

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