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post #1081 of 1177
Medium gain and 2 oclock for me. So you're listening at just. Bit louder than I am. Lol. And yes, methinks thats loud.

The Soloist does quite well with the T1 indeed.
post #1082 of 1177

hey everyone - i am going to pick up a soloist soon to go with my dac1 and hd800s.  the combo seems to be a positive one from what i have read.  the l/r balance has crapped out on my dac1, probably due to the pot, and so i have a good excuse to finally get a dedicated headphone amp.  that is why the stepped attenuator is a big plus for me.  i also have powered monitors so this thing is perfect...well, i wish it had balanced i/o but that is no big deal.  hopefully, i will report back with positive news.

post #1083 of 1177
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Originally Posted by mojopin View Post
 

hey everyone - i am going to pick up a soloist soon to go with my dac1 and hd800s.  the combo seems to be a positive one from what i have read.  the l/r balance has crapped out on my dac1, probably due to the pot, and so i have a good excuse to finally get a dedicated headphone amp.  that is why the stepped attenuator is a big plus for me.  i also have powered monitors so this thing is perfect...well, i wish it had balanced i/o but that is no big deal.  hopefully, i will report back with positive news.

I love the Soloist but depending on your budget and judging by your setup, you should give the Bryston BHA-1 consideration.  It has balanced inputs and balanced out and pre out for your monitors (though not fully balanced in to out).  Not to mention the 20 year warranty.  I personally just have no need for balanced anything and I like the sound of the Soloist so I went with it.

post #1084 of 1177

I did look at that and some people didn't like the sound out the 1/4" jack.  I also don't really want to re-terminate my cardas cable!  Anyhow, the cable runs are short so it doesn't matter if it is unbalanced.  Lastly, it is all moot because I just bought a Soloist from a member here.  Yay!

post #1085 of 1177
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Originally Posted by mojopin View Post
 

I did look at that and some people didn't like the sound out the 1/4" jack.  I also don't really want to re-terminate my cardas cable!  Anyhow, the cable runs are short so it doesn't matter if it is unbalanced.  Lastly, it is all moot because I just bought a Soloist from a member here.  Yay!

Enjoy, I really liked it with my HD800 when I had it.  My only concern is that it might be "too" neutral with the benchmark, unless that's what you're going for.  Either way, it should still be better than the headphone out of it, though I've heard it's headphone output is pretty decent.

post #1086 of 1177

I am an audio engineer and musician, so neutral is what I am going for.  Thanks! 

post #1087 of 1177
Hi folks

Please forgive probably the rather beginner question but im needing a bit of help with how to best connect a record deck to the burson soloist (I have the one with the pre-amp).

Im using the lcd-3 with this and wish to listen to records so my question is relateing to how best to connect this with the burson.

I was using the Rega Fono Mini A2D as a preamp however I found the sound to be incredibly harsh with the burson and didnt leave me with much of an enjoyable listening experience.

Id like to make use of the pre-amp imputs on the back of the burson to see if i get a better sound out however im confused with how this can be acomplished with headphones. The manual seams to suggest the pre-amp isnt actually part of the amps headphone mode and that the amp switches to pre-amp mode only when you take the headphone jack out.

I should mention that before purchasing the Burson, I was using the ASUS Xonar Essence One for playing records - I purchased an analog to digital converter with coxial connector so my set up was:

Record player - Rega Fono mini A2D preamp - analog to digital converter - coxial into back of the ASUS.

Although hardly the simplist set up I was still getting a great sound out of it so was hoping to improve on it with the purchase of the burson. However so far I feel its a been a mixed bag so far.

So to sum up, what am I doing wrong and how can i improve my new setup?

Thanks folks smily_headphones1.gif
post #1088 of 1177
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Originally Posted by Boomeh View Post

Hi folks

Please forgive probably the rather beginner question but im needing a bit of help with how to best connect a record deck to the burson soloist (I have the one with the pre-amp).

Im using the lcd-3 with this and wish to listen to records so my question is relateing to how best to connect this with the burson.

I was using the Rega Fono Mini A2D as a preamp however I found the sound to be incredibly harsh with the burson and didnt leave me with much of an enjoyable listening experience.

Id like to make use of the pre-amp imputs on the back of the burson to see if i get a better sound out however im confused with how this can be acomplished with headphones. The manual seams to suggest the pre-amp isnt actually part of the amps headphone mode and that the amp switches to pre-amp mode only when you take the headphone jack out.

I should mention that before purchasing the Burson, I was using the ASUS Xonar Essence One for playing records - I purchased an analog to digital converter with coxial connector so my set up was:

Record player - Rega Fono mini A2D preamp - analog to digital converter - coxial into back of the ASUS.

Although hardly the simplist set up I was still getting a great sound out of it so was hoping to improve on it with the purchase of the burson. However so far I feel its a been a mixed bag so far.

So to sum up, what am I doing wrong and how can i improve my new setup?

Thanks folks smily_headphones1.gif


The Pre-Amp is NOT fr headphones on the Burson. As it sounds, a PRE-amp goes before an amplifier. The pre-amp outs from your Rega go directly into the inputs of the Burson. The jacks labeled PRE-AMP on the Burson are for using the Burson as a pre-amp, they are line level outputs meant to go to another amplifier. If you input signal into these jacks, you could possibly damage the amplifier.

 

I don't know much (if anything) about Vinyl rigs, but just wanted to clarify the pre-amp issue.

post #1089 of 1177

Ah yeah that makes more sense, thanks, Dutch. :)

 

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The pre-amp outs from your Rega go directly into the inputs of the Burson.

 

This is what ive been trying and im not really getting much enjoyment out of it, aye. I dont know if its my pre-amp thats responsible but to get something half decent out of my lcd-3s im running the burson on high gain almost at maximum volume (and reading through some of the posts, that doesnt suggest its running like it should) so im really not sure if its a fault or the Regas causing the difficulties.

 

If anyones got any pointers on a setup more suitable to the bursons qualities (with regard to playing vinyl through headphones) id love hearing from you

 

:)

post #1090 of 1177

:beyersmile:

 

My near new Soloist arrived this afternoon, courtesy of Duckman who is searching for nirvana... Can't wait to get it home and connect my DX100 and HD700s. A quick fire up at work with my Amperiors sounded great. 

 

I think I'm going to be smiling tonight!!!!!!!!

post #1091 of 1177

Got my Soloist yesterday. I can't believe the bass on this amp!

post #1092 of 1177
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Originally Posted by raddle View Post
 

Got my Soloist yesterday. I can't believe the bass on this amp!

The soloist does have great bass.  It works well with a whole array of phones (except maybe the HE-6s).  Congratulations.  Great purchase.  Will keep you happy for years to come.

post #1093 of 1177

tis a killer amp. congratulations and use it in good health!

post #1094 of 1177
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Originally Posted by figaro69 View Post
 

The soloist does have great bass.  It works well with a whole array of phones (except maybe the HE-6s).  Congratulations.  Great purchase.  Will keep you happy for years to come.

 

If you look here, the 6 Moons review says the Soloist handles the HE-6 with ease and as well as the Hifiman EF6 amp.

http://6moons.com/audioreviews/burson9/4.html

post #1095 of 1177
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Originally Posted by raddle View Post
 

 

If you look here, the 6 Moons review says the Soloist handles the HE-6 with ease and as well as the Hifiman EF6 amp.

http://6moons.com/audioreviews/burson9/4.html

Sirhan Sirhan (or whatever his name is) at Moon Audio is full of Baloney, but what else is new.  No, they don't.  I own them both and they crack and distort in orchestral (classical) music during the fortes, particularly when the Timpani strike in full force.  So, there...I've fought the battle and I have the scars to prove it!

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