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post #61 of 81
JVC-DX1000... maybe Yamamoto Soundcraft HA-02? Check out the thread.
post #62 of 81
I had a Green Solo and sent it back - it was just average and
I preferred the Arietta which I had at the time

I hated the "Amstrad" volume control

The 332 blows them both into the weeds
post #63 of 81
Thanks for the comments mates. I've been also looking at the Yamamoto, but it's hard to get from Spain, the Solo if it were a good match, is way more reachable from here.
Just evaluating future possibilities, at this moment I'm commited to purchase a balanced amp, so I could try my Senns balanced too. I'm not very sure this amp is really a better match to the DX-1000 than the Sugden. I'll see soon.

Rgrds.
post #64 of 81
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Originally Posted by hawkhead View Post
I had a Green Solo and sent it back - it was just average and
I preferred the Arietta which I had at the time

I hated the "Amstrad" volume control

The 332 blows them both into the weeds
Even though mine is just beaking in, I couldn't imagine it being average. Saying so is unfair.

Maybe it just sounded average in your particular setup, or to your ears, or you just didn't like the sound.
post #65 of 81
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Originally Posted by charley phogg View Post
Maybe it just sounded average in your particular setup, or to your ears, or you just didn't like the sound.
I'd say that statement should be assumed when reading just about any post on Head-Fi (or any other audio board for that matter). One must learn to glean what you can from someone's stated opinion by trying to ascertain their preferences & biases.

I'd say he likes a more euphonic, or "tubey" sound signature. Nothing wrong with that either, and no need to qualify his statement.
post #66 of 81
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jpelg View Post
I'd say that statement should be assumed when reading just about any post on Head-Fi (or any other audio board for that matter). One must learn to glean what you can from someone's stated opinion by trying to ascertain their preferences & biases.

I'd say he likes a more euphonic, or "tubey" sound signature. Nothing wrong with that either, and no need to qualify his statement.

Indeed, "one must learn to glean what you can from someone's stated opinion".

No problem him liking one sound over the other. That was the simple point I was trying to make. I thought he was comparing a Solo, to a usb/dac/amp, to a tube amp. I was wrong there. I should have verified it in hindsight but I didn't have the time and got cut short and had to run.

But I don't see how my simple reply stating the same thing you basically said warrants a moderator giving me a slap on the wrist for not being as eloquent as your statement.

I ask this because I would like to know what I did wrong.

Thank you
post #67 of 81
Burning,burning, burning, at least 200 hours! It's too cold at first comparing with tube amp. I have Solo MC 2007 about 8 months. As a solid state amp, it has speed, instant response, details, impact and power. I use it with HD600 and RS1 and Cambridge 840C. No problem. But a good tube amp would have a kind of unresistable charming and musicality which no SS amp could achieve.
post #68 of 81
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Originally Posted by niggle View Post
Burning,burning, burning, at least 200 hours! It's too cold at first comparing with tube amp. I have Solo MC 2007 about 8 months. As a solid state amp, it has speed, instant response, details, impact and power. I use it with HD600 and RS1 and Cambridge 840C. No problem. But a good tube amp would have a kind of unresistable charming and musicality which no SS amp could achieve.

Try putting a tube buffer between your source and the Solo. I did (MF X-10 V3) you will be amazed!
post #69 of 81
Thank you for your advice. I'll try it one day.
post #70 of 81
Hi I have a similar set up to you and also listem to Rock/Metal. I also prefer the K701 with stock cable over the HD650 with equinox (waiting for silver dragon to arrive). I find it a better match with the Solo. Could you tell me how the ALO cable improved the sound of your K701 and is it money well spent. Any experience with other headphones with the Solo.
I use a Cyrus CD8se as source. thanks for your time.
post #71 of 81

Ditto...

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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
Try putting a tube buffer between your source and the Solo. I did (MF X-10 V3) you will be amazed!
Ditto... absolutely!

The Solo has a somewhat "tube-like" sound anyway... but... adding the Grant Fidelity / Yaqin Tube Buffer would improve it even more - achieving sound quality that even the best tube amps will have difficulty duplicating... at least... with Senns and other high impedance phones, or even moderate impedance phones.

And... the plus is... you don't have to constantly experiement with rolling tubes.

I'd buy another one to mate with my new Grant Fidelity B-283 Tube Buffer... if... they were about half their MSRP. Their just way overpriced.
post #72 of 81
Waiting for a used Solo in the mail As I write - I use a Slee Reflex for my phono and it rocks!
post #73 of 81
instead of tube rolling you can opamp roll

I believe the slee solo has two single opamps for left and right. not sure what it uses as active ground though.
post #74 of 81

Needs To Be Resurrected...

Since Mrarroyo has "brought me up to speed"... this thread needs to be resurrected...

... in the light of the GS Solo SRG, which is "now on sale."

http://www.audiocontrol.co.uk/graham_slee/solomc.htm

I don't know how long its been out... but... it seems like its virtually a "well-kept secret."

It doesn't seem to be discussed prominently on the GS web site... and... you have to dig it out on the "on-line store" page. Once there... there is quite a description of what GS has done to improve the sound of the 2007 Solo, and its variations.

I can find no reviews of it... but...

Reportedly... the Solo SRG has been designed to drive both high and low impedance phones to their optimum - which is an achievement, because, while I thought the 2007 Solo was superb with Senns (moderate/high impedance phones), I thought it struggled with Denons, Grados and other low impedance phones. I demoed a couple last year - would have kept one, if... it had been "superb" with both.

Well... as usual... GS has upgraded the Solo to perform well with both (reportedly)... and... now... I suppose I'll have to try the latest version... just to see for myself. But... I'd like to see if anyone else has the latest version (the SRG) and if it, indeed, "is up to the billings."

Mrarroyo reports he will soon be "giving it a spin" and reporting the results... but in the interim... I'd be curious who else has tried the Solo SRG... and what they think of it... especially compared to other SS amps??? Particularly, in light of the current price of about $435 with the walwart, and about $600 with the PSU1 - at last you can buy one for a reasonable price - thanks primarily to the dramatic increase in the value of the USD relative to the GBP (unfortunately for all our US exporters - Boeing, Deere, CAT, etc.)!
post #75 of 81

So What's The...

So... what's the story???

Has anyone tried it???
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