possible, i would give it some good burn in time both mechanically and brain burn in.
from what you are hearing is also how i hear comparing the original clas to the newer, and imo its the differences between the chips. i personally wish cypher labs would have stuck with the Wolfson line vs the AKM line of chips, everyone is different, im sure there are ppl who dont like the original clas vs the newer clas and vis versa,
i think what you are hearing is true for the original clas being more aggressive and the newer clas being less aggressive, and i mean aggressive in the sense like you said full and rich,lifelike,impactful.
maybe you will warm up to the clas after a good burn in. maybe not, give it a little time and see if your opinions change.
but this was the whole thing that kept me away from the hpp1 was the akm chip was less aggressive and full in sound vs the clas with the wolfson, which suprised me when the newer clas's came out and they switched from the wolfson to AKM which turned me off to the -r and -db.
I hope so. Yes, I will give it some time to see if I can warm up to it. I just hate the high frequency zing on top of vocals. It has a V-shaped character that sounds hollow. Yes it has the low end grit but the middle part of the voice, which to me is the meat, is sucked out. Leaving the high frequency part of the voice floating on top.
BTW. I plugged my headphones directly to the line out socket of the SOLO R and it sounds fantastic. But the volume is too soft on my HE500 and too loud on my HD650. So I think the SOLO R does not pair well with my ALO Continental V3.
Anyone with the same CLAS-amp combo out there? Can you compare the sound between the amp output and directly from the solo r lineout please?
I just got a new Solo -db, I wasn't aware there were multiple versions of the -R. Is there multiple versions of the -db as well? If so, I have a multimeter, so i was wondering if anyone knows if is there a way i can tell which version I have? My -db did come with two 30 pin dock to mini USB cables too... thanks in advance!
Yep, different batches all with different output voltage. The lower output batch has the volume pot cutoff problem. The newer batch works well with most amps.
Im about to send an email with my serial #.