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post #1156 of 1185
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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post
 

I got my Soloist a few days ago!  After only a few days of burn-in, I can say that this is best amp I had for my Audeze LCD-2.  Previous amps I had was the Schiit Lyr and PS Audio GCHA.  The details and clarity with the Soloist is at a whole new level.  I was surprised to find that with the increased details, there was no listening fatigue at all, even with compress or poorly recorded pop music.  The bass extension is the best I have heard; did not realize the LCD-2's bass can go this deep until I heard it with the Soloist.  I am glad I made the purchase. 

 

My gain setting is Low, and I get enough volume between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock positions on the volume knob.  

 

I noticed something strange about the volume knob.  It's not really perpendicular to the font panel; one side seems to stick out more.  Here are a couple of photos I took.  The first photo is when the knob is at 9 o'clock, the second photo is when it's at 3 o'clock.  Is this normal?  Should I be concerned?

 

 

Congratulations! It is a fine amp indeed.

About the volume knob, I can tell you that mine doesn't have that problem, at least not in any noticeable way. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't affect performance in any way? If you're bothered by the aesthetics of it I suggest you write to Burson about it and see what they have to say.

post #1157 of 1185

congrats! I too love what the Soloist does for my rig. The knob on mine is evenly seated so to speak (not like your pics). I just pulled on it gently and it did start to slide toward me, so the first thing I would do is see if you can simply push it gently to see if it is just pulled out a bit. If that doesn't work I would CALL Burson and ask to speak to a technical person for advice/guidance. They may be able to walk you through straightening it out. I always have great luck calling directly about audio gear. These companies aren't huge and you can normally reach someone knowledgeable. Let us know how it goes.  

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Originally Posted by Chikolad View Post

About the volume knob, I can tell you that mine doesn't have that problem, at least not in any noticeable way. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't affect performance in any way? If you're bothered by the aesthetics of it I suggest you write to Burson about it and see what they have to say.

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The knob on mine is evenly seated so to speak (not like your pics). I just pulled on it gently and it did start to slide toward me, so the first thing I would do is see if you can simply push it gently to see if it is just pulled out a bit. If that doesn't work I would CALL Burson and ask to speak to a technical person for advice/guidance. They may be able to walk you through straightening it out. I always have great luck calling directly about audio gear. These companies aren't huge and you can normally reach someone knowledgeable. Let us know how it goes.  

 

An update on my volume knob issue.  It does not affect the sound quality; it's just aesthetics.  I expect an amp of this price to be great quality.  

 

I sent an email to Burson last night with some photos, and they got back to me this morning.  That was quick!  They asked me to open up the top and pull out the volume knob just to make sure the stepped attentuator is not misaligned.  I did that and the attenuator seems straight.  I then put the knob back in at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions (like my photos) without turning the attenuator, and it did the same thing.  So that tells me it's probably the plastic shaft in the middle of the knob is not straight.  I sent Burson a few more photos.  They are sending me a new knob.  Great customer service! 

post #1159 of 1185
I have a crack and a soloist and can tell you that I have been using the crack for my T1 mostly, but not because I dislike the Soloist. They are two different combos and I happen to like them both. The soloist has been great with whatever I threw at it, other than the HE-5Le, which is almost the HE-6 in amp requirements (I used an Emotiva power amp for them). I really like my soloist, and would definitely recommend it.
post #1160 of 1185

that's great that you are getting the attention deserved from Burson!  

post #1161 of 1185
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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post
 

 

An update on my volume knob issue.  It does not affect the sound quality; it's just aesthetics.  I expect an amp of this price to be great quality.  

 

I sent an email to Burson last night with some photos, and they got back to me this morning.  That was quick!  They asked me to open up the top and pull out the volume knob just to make sure the stepped attentuator is not misaligned.  I did that and the attenuator seems straight.  I then put the knob back in at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions (like my photos) without turning the attenuator, and it did the same thing.  So that tells me it's probably the plastic shaft in the middle of the knob is not straight.  I sent Burson a few more photos.  They are sending me a new knob.  Great customer service! 

 

Good news!

post #1162 of 1185

So to temporarily clean up the "popping" sound that one hears with each volume step, you simply open up the top, spray the attenuator with Deoxit, and turn the knob back and forth?

post #1163 of 1185
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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post

 

An update on my volume knob issue.  It does not affect the sound quality; it's just aesthetics.  I expect an amp of this price to be great quality.  

 

I sent an email to Burson last night with some photos, and they got back to me this morning.  That was quick!  They asked me to open up the top and pull out the volume knob just to make sure the stepped attentuator is not misaligned.  I did that and the attenuator seems straight.  I then put the knob back in at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions (like my photos) without turning the attenuator, and it did the same thing.  So that tells me it's probably the plastic shaft in the middle of the knob is not straight.  I sent Burson a few more photos.  They are sending me a new knob.  Great customer service! 

 

I wanted to give you guys an update on my volume knob issue.  I received the new knob from Burson and it solved the issue :) 

It took this long because I was out of town for a couple of weeks and told Burson not to send it until I came back.  The actual shipping (from Australia to U.S.) was about a week; they shipped it by FedEx Express.  

 

Now that my Burson has almost 300 hours on it, I can say that I am _very_ impressed by this amp, driving my Audeze LCD-2 (revision 2).  There is amazing transparency and details, without any harshness in the treble, and no fatigue even after a few hours of listening.  One of the things that stands out is the bass; I did not know the LCD-2's bass could go this deep.  Plenty of bass quantity too.  Overall, I would describe this amp as more toward neutral, but with a _very_ slight touch of warmth.  It pairs really well with my LCD-2. 

post #1164 of 1185
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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post
 

 

I wanted to give you guys an update on my volume knob issue.  I received the new knob from Burson and it solved the issue :) 

It took this long because I was out of town for a couple of weeks and told Burson not to send it until I came back.  The actual shipping (from Australia to U.S.) was about a week; they shipped it by FedEx Express.  

 

Now that my Burson has almost 300 hours on it, I can say that I am _very_ impressed by this amp, driving my Audeze LCD-2 (revision 2).  There is amazing transparency and details, without any harshness in the treble, and no fatigue even after a few hours of listening.  One of the things that stands out is the bass; I did not know the LCD-2's bass could go this deep.  Plenty of bass quantity too.  Overall, I would describe this amp as more toward neutral, but with a _very_ slight touch of warmth.  It pairs really well with my LCD-2. 

 

Glad to hear!

I'm loving this amp every day since I got it :)

post #1165 of 1185
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Originally Posted by Chikolad View Post
 

 

Glad to hear!

I'm loving this amp every day since I got it :)


Same here.  One of the best pieces of gear I've ever had.

post #1166 of 1185
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Same here.  One of the best pieces of gear I've ever had.

I remain in utter awe of the Burson/Uber pairing with both my Grado's and the Alpha Dog.  How one amp has the flexibility to handle both cans so effortlessly despite their differences is amazing.

 

I keep thinking about upgrading or changing- then I listen to it and wonder why.  This is a wonderful amp!

post #1167 of 1185

Does any Burson owner know about their latest giveaway? I noticed this morning on their page. 

post #1168 of 1185

Just ordered a Soloist to add to my system: Calyx DAC 24/192 - Burson Soloist - Audezes; or Calyx DAC 24/192 - Burson Soloist - Calyx Femti - KEF R300. :) 

 

By the way, can someone compare Soloist x Mjolnir x GS-X Mk.II? Specially for using with Audezes. Thanks.


Edited by Matias - 8/22/14 at 6:06pm
post #1169 of 1185

Congrats. I just love my Soloist and I really want an Audeze HP to try with it. Jealous. Must work harder.

post #1170 of 1185
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Originally Posted by Matias View Post
 

Just ordered a Soloist to add to my system: Calyx DAC 24/192 - Burson Soloist - Audezes; or Calyx DAC 24/192 - Burson Soloist - Calyx Femti - KEF R300. :) 

 

How is the Calyx? I've heard great things about it. I bet is an amazing Dac to use with the Soloist. 

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