The Soloist is in the house and been switched on for 10 hours - and I have listened for approx. 6 of them. Using the LCD-3, HE-6 and HE-500 more or less equally distributed over the same hours. The DAC is V800 from Violectric. Source is MacBook Pro with ALAC played from Audirvana Plus.
Some initial impressions *)
LCD-3: I have used the Violectric V200 since March last year and loved it for the LCD-2s. Used it almost every day. Some time in April this year, I got the LCD-3 and found the combination with the V200 to be a surprise. Hm. The LCD-3 **) sounded a bit laid back, but the detail retrieval was very good. The Burson makes the LCD-3 play more as I hoped them to from the start.
HE-6: This is one headphone I hate / love. Having used four speaker amps to drive them, combined with several DACs, the HE-6 still puzzles me - and frustrates me. The Burson Soloist, for some strange reason, makes the HE-6 sound less strident than I thought they would be after hearing what the Burson did to the LCD-3s
HE-500: These sound absolutely fantastic on the Burson
LCD-2s: Haven't tried them yet on the Soloist
So, what I do not understand after day 1 is that the HiFiMANs can sound so mellow and enjoyable, whilst the LCD-3 sounds brighter and open on the Burson compared with the V200 *)
End of day 1.
*) New toy syndrome for the Burson might be live 'n' kicking here, so beware while reading. I have to power-up the V200 after some days for benchmarking
**) The FR graph, damping material and point-in-time buying tells me that these are not veiled
Edited by Loevhagen - 8/4/12 at 10:56am