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post #1036 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Can't wait for it to be on the Resources page like the headphones.  That will be pure win.

 

You and me both, mate.  It's taking far too long, but I need to really get it right before I start measuring in earnest.

 

Ah well, all good things come to those who wait.

post #1037 of 1167
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My first post on this thread...

I'm sure you already got the greetings but I will say it again:

Welcome to head-fi and we are very sorry about your wallet ! very_evil_smiley.gif

 

Enjoy your new toys and do not forget about music too.

I just got 2 new local jazz albums, so excited !

post #1038 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Tyll Hertsens View Post

 

Ah well, all good things come to those who wait.

Thanks for all the hard work you put into this, and for the future additions to the AllGraphs.pdf 

A ton of weiss beer to you if we ever meet beerchug.gif

post #1039 of 1167

Yes, Tyll - Thank you!!

 

Mike

post #1040 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Tyll Hertsens View Post

 

You and me both, mate.  It's taking far too long, but I need to really get it right before I start measuring in earnest.

 

Ah well, all good things come to those who wait.

 

I am in.  Thanks Tyll for the measures.  Although I don't know what many of the measures mean, I do know that when the quantitative and the qualitative assessments agree...a winner we can enjoy - and not fuss over too much - is born!

 

Head-fi unite...

post #1041 of 1167

 

 

Ok, I had to writing something here because I am usually on this forum.  I had tell some folks that I usually exchange with.  So, please excuse me if the topic is a little off.  

 

I recently moved back to my home in NC from an apt in the northeast.  I reconnected my full system using my dac and computer as the front end - JRiver>Benchmark DAC1>Sonic Frontiers Line 3>Bel Canto S500>Revel Studios Speakers. This is all in my spare bedroom which is my office.  Wowwwww!! I really like headphones and have some pretty good gear. But, a full system that can COOK is just awesome.  It's a different experience.  BTW, following conventional wisdom I initially listened without the preamp in - going directly from the Benchmark to the Bel Canto.  Sounded pretty good (a little clinical though), but the set up simply can not touch the system with the Line 3 inserted - more control, depth, dynamics, wider soundstage, etc - alive!  A good preamp makes a big difference - although clarity may have been compromised a little. The Line 3 is tube-based after all.

 

The Burson still handles headphone duties...that will not change any time soon.

 

Cheers,

 

Back to work...


Edited by Pasquale - 7/16/13 at 12:08pm
post #1042 of 1167

Figured I'd chime in... I've had the Soloist for a while and really like it.  About a year and a half ago, I attended my first Head-Fi meet up with an Audio-gd NFB-12 as my only DAC or Amp and wanting to hear what other amps and DACs could do for my HD650s.  I came away pretty well convinced that I wanted an tube-based OTL amp for 'em... but also a good solid state amp.  Fast forward, and I have a self-built Bottlehead Crack + Speedball and a Burson Soloist at home, and the NFB-12 hangs out at work.

 

I definitely love both the Soloist and the Bottlehead with the HD650.  The best analogy I can offer is: the Soloist is to SACD as the Bottlehead is to vinyl.  Basically, the sound from the Soloist is super clean, detailed and transparent.  The Bottlehead kinda rounds the edges a bit and offers some lush tubey goodness to the sound.  Which I prefer depends on what I'm listening to.

 

At the recent LA meet up, I noticed that Mrspeakers had a few demo rigs up for his fans, including a Conductor.  I figured I was in good hands having the Soloist, so I sprung for a pair.  Definitely happy with the pairing.  The Mad Dogs have been traveling with me between home and work while I figure out where I ultimately want 'em.  They sound alright off the NFB-12... certainly good enough to enjoy, but I really look forward to when I get 'em home to listen to 'em off the Soloist with an HRT Musicstreamer II+.  In particular, I find the Mad Dogs to be slightly muddy in the bass and a little less cleanly defined with the work setup compared with at home.

 

Oh, and it's nice to pair the Soloist's pre-amp out with the Audioengine A2 speakers on my desk for those rare times I want to listen out loud.

post #1043 of 1167

Hi folks,

 

I am wondering what volume/ gain position people are using with the soloist/ conductor and LDC-2/3, and does anybody know the approximate SPL at those positions when tracks are at -0 db?

 

I'm unsure as to what is a safe listening level as this pairing sounds fantastic and is calling for more volume. Would 12 O'clock on low gain exceed safe levels. I don't want my tinnitus to get any worse.

 

Cheers.

post #1044 of 1167
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Originally Posted by In Over My Head View Post

Hi folks,

 

I am wondering what volume/ gain position people are using with the soloist/ conductor and LDC-2/3, and does anybody know the approximate SPL at those positions when tracks are at -0 db?

 

I'm unsure as to what is a safe listening level as this pairing sounds fantastic and is calling for more volume. Would 12 O'clock on low gain exceed safe levels. I don't want my tinnitus to get any worse.

 

Cheers.

 

Hi,

 

With my setup, I usually listen with the pot between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock.

 

Cheers.

post #1045 of 1167
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Originally Posted by CoolBurn View Post

Hi,

With my setup, I usually listen with the pot between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock.


Cheers.

Oh wow, I thought setting at 11 was loud (for me) 😄. I try to keep it between 9 and 11 o'clock.
post #1046 of 1167

With my LCD3, I rarely make it past 9 o'clock.  Burson said that they got the best results with the "M" gain setting so I use that.

 

I'm sure with "L" it would go a couple clicks higher.

post #1047 of 1167
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Originally Posted by dparker83 View Post

With my LCD3, I rarely make it past 9 o'clock.  Burson said that they got the best results with the "M" gain setting so I use that.

 

I'm sure with "L" it would go a couple clicks higher.


that's about where I am too.....

post #1048 of 1167
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Originally Posted by dparker83 View Post

With my LCD3, I rarely make it past 9 o'clock.  Burson said that they got the best results with the "M" gain setting so I use that.

 

I'm sure with "L" it would go a couple clicks higher.

Ah that's it... I set mine at the high gain setting always since to my ears, the overall detail, presentation and stage is better at that setting...or maybe due to my 53 year old earsbiggrin.gif

post #1049 of 1167
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Ah that's it... I set mine at the high gain setting always since to my ears, the overall detail, presentation and stage is better at that setting...or maybe due to my 53 year old earsbiggrin.gif

I've got socks older than you.....and those are my new socks.....

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I've got socks older than you.....and those are my new socks.....
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