Originally Posted by Solude
Looking at the circuit and rail values... yes. Burson likes to throw out the 100% distortion number, 4W, and the usable number 1W into 30ohm and let the buyer decide which one they prefer ;)
They did the same thing for the HA-160.
That said, I think the Soloist sounds great it's just not a B22 or Mjolnir in terms of power. The Peak is even weaker at 400mW but the difference there is really splitting hairs. 117dB will blow out your ears so 500mW is more than enough.
I don't mean to keep beating a dead horse here but the Burson power output quote is different from the distortion quote in this case. Burson is quoting the Soloist distortion as <.03% into 30 ohms at 1W. This is the exact same distortion quote as the Soloist SL with half the power as the soloist. That means the SL can do at more than 500mW of low-distortion power into an LCD3 and the Soloist can double that.
That being said, it would be nice if Burson published the distortion level on the same line as max output, but lots of home amps do it this way, it is not necessarily nefarious. Still, I would love to see some independent testing of the Burson Soloist.