Originally Posted by techboy
How does Asus E1 Muses amp compare to the amp in Burson Soloist? I know that the dac is a lot better in the Muses. But how do the units compare, overall, to each other? Assuming no external dac/amp is used. And how does it compare to Woo Audio WA7? Also, how does the amp section compare to amps like CK2III or M3?
Thank You so much :)
No prob's mate,
I no longer own the E1 muses because of the infamous B10 volume potentiometer, which had a pretty bad channel imbalance on my unit, and is the only reason why I don't have the E1 anymore....unfortunately I'm not alone with this channel imbalance problem, which is a real hit & miss when buying a standard edition, not so the pre-loaded muses edition, which corrects this problem with the new A10 potentiometer.
However, with this in mind I will answer your question, If we are just talking "SQ alone" E1 muses to "my ears" is the best dac/amp combo I've heard under 2k which means you won't have to pay 2k, but you will have to pay over 2k for a better sounding dac/amp, other dac/amp combo's I've auditioned that I didn't think had better SQ over E1 muses were Fostex HP-A8C, Grace M309, and Burson HA-160d
Sorry I can't comment on the Burson Soloist, WA7, CK2III or M3 because I've never auditioned them. The amp I use is HeadAmp's GS-X mk2 which is regarded as the most neutral, transparent HP amp around, so I've never really looked or auditioned any other HP amp
Burson has a good reputation on head-fi I would say the Soloist is a great amp from what I've read, and if you get a chance to auditioned before you decide to buy, do so, maybe at a local head-fi meet or a retailer who has a demo model on offer
Good luck.... and let us know how you go