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Ever since I heard the burson 160D, I have not been a big fan. Granted I haven't heard the soloist yet and I'm sure it's better, but the 160D was on a completely different level to the M5/6/8 imo. For the money, audio-gd eats it for breakfast. 

The burson is not a bad amp at all, it is just very overpriced imo.

Each to their own.

post #452 of 876
I don't think the Soloist is overpriced at all. The casing and finish is clearly a league above Audio-gd (in my opinion) and sound quality is almost as good as the Master-6 and the Burson is about two thirds of that one (and the Master-5 / -8).

With the Audio-gd Master amps you get a lot of circuits and components for the money, certainly more than the Burson, but as I said earlier its two etirely different design philosophies. Bottom line it is how it sounds, not how many components there is in the box, which matters. And then there is how you like the looks and what you need in terms of connectivity, remote etc. Size could easily be an issue also.
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Ever since I heard the burson 160D, I have not been a big fan. Granted I haven't heard the soloist yet and I'm sure it's better, but the 160D was on a completely different level to the M5/6/8 imo. For the money, audio-gd eats it for breakfast. 
The burson is not a bad amp at all, it is just very overpriced imo.
Each to their own.
post #453 of 876
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Edited by LarsHP - 12/14/12 at 1:51am
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sorry - tripple post due to mobile - looked like it didn't submit
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sorryyyy!
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multiposts - sorry
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I don't even know how to follow these posts! It's like LarsHP took a whole page  tongue.gif

 

The biggest complaint I had with a lot of the previous audio-gd hp amps I owned/heard was the neutral sound, almost to a fault. If there was a spectrum with warm tube amps on one side, and dead neutral SS on the other side, Audio-gd would set the SS extreme. The sound is very detailed, transparent and spacious, but it sounds pretty boring and not a very engaging sound. 

 

My experiences puts the soloist warmer on this spectrum. It has a very up front presentation, but still maintains a much more coherent and smooth soundstage. Even though I would call it slightly brighter than neutral it still manages to be much more musical and smooth in the overall sound presentation. 

post #458 of 876

I have always felt that Audio-gd amps have been able to combine neutrality & musicality extremely well.

I thought that with the Roc and even more so with the Master-6, but neutrality is not what a lot of people want and if it isn't then it's unlikely to sound musical either.


Edited by nigeljames - 12/14/12 at 2:46am
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Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

I don't think the Soloist is overpriced at all. The casing and finish is clearly a league above Audio-gd (in my opinion) and sound quality is almost as good as the Master-6 and the Burson is about two thirds of that one (and the Master-5 / -8).
With the Audio-gd Master amps you get a lot of circuits and components for the money, certainly more than the Burson, but as I said earlier its two etirely different design philosophies. Bottom line it is how it sounds, not how many components there is in the box, which matters. And then there is how you like the looks and what you need in terms of connectivity, remote etc. Size could easily be an issue also.

My post was regarding the sound quality alone. I have no interest in which device has more or less parts, & it was based on the 160D not the soloist.

post #460 of 876
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

I have always felt that Audio-gd amps have been able to combine neutrality & musicality extremely well.

I thought that with the Roc and even more so with the Master-6, but neutrality is not what a lot of people want and if it isn't then it's unlikely to sound musical either.

Exactly my thoughts. I can't stand dead flat, boring sound signatures and always go for musicality. Audio-gd in general bridge the line between faithful reproduction and musicality better than most imo. The ref 7.1 & M5 was an awesome sounding unit with amazing PRAT, bass and soundstage. Certainly not boring. Of course you could sway the sound sig to your tastes with your choice of cans.

post #461 of 876
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this is why I pair my amp with richer sounding headphones and speakers
post #462 of 876

Just curious, anyone heard a difference between the stock-powercord vs your own aftermarket powercords on  the masters?

( as in increased musicality )

 

Or is the power so well managed in the amp itself that the given stock powercord is adequate?

 

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post #463 of 876

I'm in-just ordered a Master 8 to pair with my Master 7 and HD 800 combo. Man this thread needs a revival!

 

-Daniel

post #464 of 876

I know its not a master 5/6/8, but i recently ordered myself a Master 1 to use with my Master 3 power amp and my speakers, i have pretty high hopes for its sound

post #465 of 876

Nice, Soup. Kingwa says it's a better pre than the M8, which is getting high marks from those here using is with speakers. Should be a great time ahead for you. Those speakers burning in nicely for you?

 

-Daniel

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