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Burson Audio - Soloist SL - Headphone Amplifier Reviews

saxelrod92

Great amp, but only if you like the sound signature

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Pros: Small, Good amount of power, Great build quality, Natural tone

Cons: a bit dull sounding, Can't drive planar dynamic headphones to full potential, Noise floor heard on high gain around 2-3 o'clock

I don't want to ramble too much in this review, but I want to give a slightly counter perspective to the majority of reviews for the soloist sl. I used it with a schiit bifrost uber using the usb input, and with my audeze lcd 2 headphones as well as my denon d5000 headphones.   So the first couple days of use the sound was great, basically sounded just like most of the good reviews it has gotten. If you want to know what that sound is like then just read those other reviews because I want to speak about what happened after a couple days. Starting on the third day of use (and by third day I really do mean like 24+ hours of total use by that point) the sound started to lose a little...
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CantScareMe

Burson Soloist SL vs Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition

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Pros: Bassy, wide and Fun sound. Natural Tone. Performance across a range of headphones. Great volume control

Cons: Slightly hesitant in projecting finer details

Two Smooth Solid State amps – Graham Slee UL Diamond and Burson Soloist SL   I’ve long been a fan of solid state amps, especially those with a small footprint. Both of these are ones with a smoother presentation, or as both manufacturers say in their product blurbs – ‘tube like.’ Both of these have had over 300hrs of burn in (the Slee's probably closer to 3000!) and both have impressed me but for different reasons making for an interesting comparison.   Burson Soloist SL £500 Little brother to the Burson Soloist. Analogue volume control rather than a stepped attenuator and slightly less power.   Graham Slee Ultra Linear Diamond Edition £615 Top of the range...
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bowei006

Power, detail, and Sound

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Pros: Power, detailed unit, and neutral

Cons: Size, good build, but durability is a bit off. cost

Introduction: Burson had great success with their Soloist discrete amplifier. So following this generation's niche. Let's make it smaller! And so here we have the Soloist SL. Which has one less gain, and input option than the Soloist. It is a discrete class amp. No integrated circuits, just good ole FETs and a discrete power supply. I wish to thank Burson for sending the Soloist SL to me for review and for their wonderful aftersales support which was wonderful.  http://pandatechreview.com/1/post/2013/09/burson-soloist-sl-review.html Build Quality: The Soloist SL is pretty much a solid chunk of 2mm thick aluminum. Everything is bonded together nicely and it is smooth. The back and...
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