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post #9001 of 18011
The Bifrost was a good choice. Going uber myself soon.

Never heard the SL, but the big brother soloist does a damn great job driving the HE500. I like it slightly better than the Lyr when both are run off the Bifrost. Lyr can generate more sub bass, but the Soloist beats it in overall clarity, soundstage, detail retrieval.

Can't say for certain about the SL, but it does carry the Soloist genes, so to speak. smily_headphones1.gif So I infer it should do very well for you HE500.
Edited by NZheadcase - 11/2/13 at 11:16am
post #9002 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Textfeud View Post

Soloist SL is better. RIGHT tongue.gif
Well..not really..lolz..lets say its different, especially if u want to use the he500..

But then again, allthough i never put both side by side...i think the lyr is bigger on ur desk then the SL..and u told me that u have limited space..so the SL could be ur better choice for u... U can always upgrade later as a burson is easy to sell later on.. tongue.gif
post #9003 of 18011
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

The Bifrost was a good choice. Going uber myself soon.

Never heard the SL, but the big brother soloist does a damn great job driving the HE500. I like it slightly better than the Lyr when both are run off the Bifrost. Lyr can generate more sub bass, but the Soloist beats it in overall clarity, soundstage, detail retrieval.

Can't say for certain about the SL, but it does carry the Soloist genes, so to speak. smily_headphones1.gif So I infer it should do very well for you HE500.

I was never bothered by the stepped attenuator on my Conductor until I got the HE-500. It sounds fantastic but there seems to be a big increase in loudness somewhere between 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock on the volume pot which makes it difficult to find a nice listening volume. The Soloist SL won't have that problem.
post #9004 of 18011
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I was never bothered by the stepped attenuator on my Conductor until I got the HE-500. It sounds fantastic but there seems to be a big increase in loudness somewhere between 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock on the volume pot which makes it difficult to find a nice listening volume. The Soloist SL won't have that problem.

 

Unfortunately that issue is also with the Soloist (full not SL) Tony1110 :(, albeit a slight complaint to a great product. Thankfully the NAD M51 has digital volume control. This allows fine-tuning of the volume with no detectable change in sound quality (for these ears). I wish the Bifrost had that sometimes...although the Schiit amps already have nice and smooth pots so I guess that shall remain a pipe dream.

post #9005 of 18011
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

Unfortunately that issue is also with the Soloist (full not SL) Tony1110 frown.gif , albeit a slight complaint to a great product. Thankfully the NAD M51 has digital volume control. This allows fine-tuning of the volume with no detectable change in sound quality (for these ears). I wish the Bifrost had that sometimes...although the Schiit amps already have nice and smooth pots so I guess that shall remain a pipe dream.

It probably wouldn't be an issue for most people. I play music too loudly smily_headphones1.gif
post #9006 of 18011

Soloist SL doesn't have a stepped attenuator so I'm good in that regard. Although it wouldn't be a problem for me either because I too play my music loud. :jecklinsmile:

post #9007 of 18011
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It probably wouldn't be an issue for most people. I play music too loudly smily_headphones1.gif

Haha! You and me both. Soloist high gain and 12:00 on the stepped atten. For quiet tracks, just one or two more clicks up.
post #9008 of 18011
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Haha! You and me both. Soloist high gain and 12:00 on the stepped atten. For quiet tracks, just one or two more clicks up.

I use the medium gain and listen at 1 or 2, which is probably about the same. I tell myself not to do it but I get carried away after ten minutes or so.
post #9009 of 18011
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I use the medium gain and listen at 1 or 2, which is probably about the same. I tell myself not to do it but I get carried away after ten minutes or so.
Well..i always listened on volume 10 oclock on my 337 ..more and i would get deaf.. biggrin.gif
post #9010 of 18011
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Well..i always listened on volume 10 oclock on my 337 ..more and i would get deaf.. biggrin.gif

Must be a powerful amp.
post #9011 of 18011
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Well..i always listened on volume 10 oclock on my 337 ..more and i would get deaf.. biggrin.gif


Must be weak ears. ;)

post #9012 of 18011
Or combo of both smily_headphones1.gif
post #9013 of 18011
He'll be typing out a 1000 word essay in response to this :-)
post #9014 of 18011
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He'll be typing out a 1000 word essay in response to this :-)
Nope..am new man now...just 3 words: at least 2watts biggrin.gif
post #9015 of 18011
I listen around 9 on my x-can :P 10 when I rock out!
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