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post #1051 of 1226
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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.

interesting on that gain setting suggestion from Burson. I hadn't seen them making a recommendation anywhere (or quoted as making one) until now. do you know where you heard/saw this by any chance. thanks!  

post #1052 of 1226

I've been a Soloist owner now for a week and so far this amp has pretty much delivered everything I wanted to achieve with my computer setup.

 

The biggest surprise so far has been the realization of just how good the HE-500 is. I didn't think it was capable of expressing such detail, but when used with the Soloist I have been proved wrong. I've found the high gain setting suits the phones best and volume at about 10 o clock. 

 

Like others have mentioned here it does seem to be sensitive to warm up and really smooths out once it is hot. In general once the top of the case is warm to the touch you are ready to go.

post #1053 of 1226
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Like others have mentioned here it does seem to be sensitive to warm up and really smooths out once it is hot. In general once the top of the case is warm to the touch you are ready to go.

Agreed on the warm up, but my unit never gets warm to the touch.  Mine has been on for about 18 hours now and is still cool.

post #1054 of 1226

To uzi:

 

My unit gets warm, even on the sides, after about 2 or 3 hours.  I think it's normal and I'm surprised that your unit doesn't get warm.

 

I also use it as an indication of the moment when it's ready to rock :)

post #1055 of 1226

hmmm. my Soloist remains on all the time and it has almost zero discernable surface heat.

post #1056 of 1226
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hmmm. my Soloist remains on all the time and it has almost zero discernable surface heat.

Yeah, that's how mine is... I wonder if there are different revisions.  I do know that the board for the input and gain selectors on my unit had a problem where I was always hearing the first input, even mixed with the second and third.  They sent me a replacement board which was clearly much simpler in design from the original one I had and of course fixed the problem.  I'm wondering if certain units get hot or not depending on something different along those lines.

post #1057 of 1226

it's probably the music we're playing

post #1058 of 1226
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it's probably the music we're playing

It's definitely not cause I let my unit warm up without any music and with the attenuator at the min(imum) position.  It doesn't get any warmer if I play (loud) music or without any music !

 

But I've also got cold hands.  So everything seems warmer to me to the touch than for someone else with warmer hands than mine !  It could well be the best reason for our different feelings, alongside defective units of course but mine is surely not after 6 months of total audio pleasure :)


Edited by CoolBurn - 8/25/13 at 2:53am
post #1059 of 1226

There's a guy over in the Conductor thread who has pointed out that there have been revisions to the board on that unit. Could be that the Soloist has been revised as well and some there are different thermal characteristics between revisions. Who knows.

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it's probably the music we're playing

It's definitely not cause I let my unit warm up without any music and with the attenuator at the min(imum) position.  It doesn't get any warmer if I play (loud) music or without any music !

 

But I've also got cold hands.  So everything seems warmer to me to the touch than for someone else with warmer hands than mine !  It could well be the best reason for our different feelings, alongside defective units of course but mine is surely not after 6 months of total audio pleasure :)

i dunno. i just played eno's baby's on fire and it got pretty hot. then i put on lou reed's cool it down and it became cold to the touch. i'm sorry, i'm being what we tend to call here in the states a wise-ass. which basically means i'm being a pain in the asswith my stoopid humour..

post #1061 of 1226
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i dunno. i just played eno's baby's on fire and it got pretty hot. then i put on lou reed's cool it down and it became cold to the touch. i'm sorry, i'm being what we tend to call here in the states a wise-ass. which basically means i'm being a pain in the asswith my stoopid humour..

 

Haha biggrin.gif

post #1062 of 1226

I have Soloist about a year 

 

really enjoy and use it almost all the time when I listen to music.

 

I also have Lehmannaudio Black Cube Linear but I like Soloist

post #1063 of 1226

Agree about the soloist being better than the BCL. I got my soloist a week ago and now I'm selling the BCL. it's a great match paired with a NAD M51 dac and LCD-2.2.

 

On another note, what would be the best way to control the volume - via the solosit or the m51. would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

post #1064 of 1226

Any of you using the HD800?

 

Curious how you have the gain and volume set on your Soloist for these.

post #1065 of 1226
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Agree about the soloist being better than the BCL. I got my soloist a week ago and now I'm selling the BCL. it's a great match paired with a NAD M51 dac and LCD-2.2.

On another note, what would be the best way to control the volume - via the solosit or the m51. would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

I would recommend finding the sweet spot on the soloist itself. Keep the volume at 0db initially on the NAD, then if the volume is a tad too high or low, use the NAD remote to adjust by adding or decreasing by a decibel or two.

From personal experience, I tend to decrease the volume by 1-2 db when the track is a bit too loud. Otherwise, i just let it be. That's just my opinion though. redface.gif

This way you don't have to get up and fiddle with the pot every time you need to adjust. One of the few weaknesses of the soloist is the lack of fine tuning on the pot itself, although really it is not a problem for 90% of the tracks i listen to.

The NAD's digital control is very nice and each db step is not as "abrupt" as the stepped attennuator on the soloist. I have not perceived any distortion or effect on SQ by using the NAD's volume control, though I haven't really experimented beyond a few dbs here and there.

Hope this helps.

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