Well - that was nice.
A return from my outing to find 6 Naim users with Lake People amplifiers!
There is a “replacement” just out for the V281 - the V590. Unfortunately it is not a direct replacement in that it is a amp/DAC combination. This carries on with the new direction the headphone amp industry is moving toward with combination amp/DAC units.
Leatherneck - my understanding was that the USB DAC is a separate board which can be added at a later time?
Razor - I will have to search the forum for your feedback on the Nimbus. I had a “brief” demo at CanJam 2019 however in show conditions it was not the best chance to hear it.
My understanding is that LakePeople want to change direction with their external design and introduce products more in line with the Nimbus and V590. A shame as the photo posted by DUNC definitely has the Naim black box muscular design ethos we all love.
PS - My experiences to date include a Sim Audio Moon 430HA which highly disappointed despite its extremely positive reviews in the press and on Headfi - and - the new HeadAmp GSX Mini which I completely love due to its ability to accept an unbalanced signal (such as from the out of the 552) and internally convert to a true balanced output. This allows me to run my balanced Focal Utopia and Sony Z1R headphones. The V281 is also capable of internally converting to balanced.