Received my Burson Soloist SL today and did a quick A/B with my Little Dot MK3 (M8100 + 6H30Pi-EH) on my LCD-2.2. My Source was Line Out from a DX90.
Some have said "OTL does not work with planar, you must get a powerful solid state"
I have to say, the difference is not actually that big..
Yes the bass sounds slightly better defined on the Soloist SL, yes the mid is a bit more spacious on the Soloist SL and yes the details are nicer on the Soloist SL
BUT I think the Little Dot certainly does a competent job at driving the LCD2.
As @mrc001 suggested earlier, I now think the whole "you need 1W to drive LCD2" is rather untrue, unless you want to blow your eardrums up!
If I gave the Soloist SL ~80%, the Little Dot would get ~70%
Musicality between the 2 amps are equally as good and it just comes down to personal preference and financial status.
So does the 10% difference between the 2 justify the price difference (~150-200GBP)?
I personally think it doesn't. If one has the Little Dot already, I would not recommend buying the Burson Soloist SL.
Unless money is no object, which I think is not the case for a significant amount of users on this forum....
So would I return the Soloist SL?
I am contemplating and at the moment it seems like a rather tempting option to free up 490GBP for very little degradation in sonic enjoyment..