Originally Posted by Soundwave76
It is very possible, if you for example like 'tube like' sound, which can result from increased electrical damping, due to high output impedance. In terms of your subjective experience, the Soloist can very well be a better amp for you. But objectivelly looking at the numbers, it is not. Sorry. :)
If you want to understand headphone amp measurements and thus performance better, I recommend this excellent article: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/nwavguys-heaphone-amp-measurement-recommendations
Yeah, I'm not much of a numbers guy, I have to admit. but that's because I don't trust most official measurements given out by the manufacturer's, an example, above, are the measurements with the D2 jumpers set on high or low?
You may be completely right as far as the measurements are concerned, and the D2 is certainly a good all in one solution. But I heard what I heard when I first compared it to the soloist.
I listened to it with the T1, and was not impressed, then listened to it with some earphones and was.
Kind of matched Project86's review, actually:
Have I mentioned the headphone amp section? Wow, it's really good! It can drive HD800 very well, with precision and accuracy normally found exclusively in (expensive) stand alone amps. It might not seem like much at first listen, but over time one begins to appreciate the neutrality and resolution, along with the absolute pitch black background. The amp remains my first choice for using high-end custom IEMs. And it works very well with LCD-2 and HD800 as well. Not ideal for the beyerdynamic T1 though, which I feel does benefit from some coloration to tame the top end response. Still, as an all in one solution, it doesn't get much better than this.
Didn't get around to checking the LCD-2 or HD800's, both of which sound excellent with the Burson.
The D2 still makes an excellent Dac, which to me is it's main purpose. I have a pair of Questyle CMA 800R Headphone amps coming, and that will make a dynamite balanced rig. One, which I still will use the D2's amp for sensitive iem's by the way.