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post #466 of 1221

The HeadFonia review was flawed right out of the gate when he decided to only use the HE-6.   The Soloist is a clear upgrade over the 80mW HA-160 and frankly only really challenged by the Mjolnir and B22 in the under $1000 range.  What the Soloist isn't however is powerful enough to use the HE-6 ;)

post #467 of 1221

Thanks for the resposne.

 

Given its power reserve, would the Burson be suitable for low level listening with efficient phones ? Burson website claim the low level of the variable output stage works well with IEM, anyone can testify that ? 

post #468 of 1221

Low gain is more than usable for an IEM. 

post #469 of 1221
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Low gain is more than usable for an IEM. 

 

One really impressive thing about this amp is how quiet it is. Just about any headphone from IEMs to a T1 is just totally quiet, and driven very well. 

post #470 of 1221

Just purchased this beauty at Partsconnexion, got a Demo unit for $620 and free shipping! darthsmile.gif  Gotta say this thing is built like a tank, build quality alone deserves a 10 out of 10.  Reminds me of Bryston, build forever and don't concern yourself about selling that customer another in a couple of years.  I only own a pair of Sennheiser HD598s for now, although plan on asking for a pair of either Audeze LCD-2s or Hifiman HE-500 for Christmas next year, can easily make do with the HD598s for the year.  My initial impressions of the pairing is Wow, gonna have to listen to my library collection all over again.  I'm getting the Centrance Audiophile Desktop for work, been saving for months for this baby, and will see what the difference is between IC and discrete circuitry. The Burson is currently hooked up to a Oppo BDP-83 SE direct using a pair of Audioquest Jaguar 1M cables.  The sound is so clear and impactful that I have a feeling I won't be listening to music on my B&W CDM 7SEs anytime soon!  I have to thank many on this forum for their opinions which helped me decide on both the Sennheiser HD598s and the Burson.  I be returning early in the new year after I've had a chance to compare the Centrance to the Soloist.

post #471 of 1221

That was a nice first post, tread1963.

 

Welcome to the community!

 

I'm expecting my Soloist to be delivered this week, so I very much enjoyed reading your reaction.

 

Mike

post #472 of 1221
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Originally Posted by tread1963 View Post

Just purchased this beauty at Partsconnexion, got a Demo unit for $620 and free shipping! darthsmile.gif  Gotta say this thing is built like a tank, build quality alone deserves a 10 out of 10.  Reminds me of Bryston, build forever and don't concern yourself about selling that customer another in a couple of years.  I only own a pair of Sennheiser HD598s for now, although plan on asking for a pair of either Audeze LCD-2s or Hifiman HE-500 for Christmas next year, can easily make do with the HD598s for the year.  My initial impressions of the pairing is Wow, gonna have to listen to my library collection all over again.  I'm getting the Centrance Audiophile Desktop for work, been saving for months for this baby, and will see what the difference is between IC and discrete circuitry. The Burson is currently hooked up to a Oppo BDP-83 SE direct using a pair of Audioquest Jaguar 1M cables.  The sound is so clear and impactful that I have a feeling I won't be listening to music on my B&W CDM 7SEs anytime soon!  I have to thank many on this forum for their opinions which helped me decide on both the Sennheiser HD598s and the Burson.  I be returning early in the new year after I've had a chance to compare the Centrance to the Soloist.

Great score on the price tread1963! Congrats. Keep the impressions coming.

post #473 of 1221

I just received my Soloist. So far I'm very impressed with the build quality and sound darthsmile.gif

 

I have a quick question about the normal operation of the stepped attenuator ... 

 

Mine doesn't actually stop at a min or max point, it will click up to a min or max, then it will continue to turn past that point with some resistance but no more clicks

 

Is this normal for the Burson attenuator?

post #474 of 1221

Can't say I ever tried to over torque mine ;)  Should be stop screws but don't force it.

post #475 of 1221

Hi Solude,

 

I think it's working fine. I was just surprised that mine doesn't stop at the min or max points, like most volume controls I've used in the past.

 

It did this right out of the box. I even looked inside to see if the attenuator body was actually turning. It wasn't.

 

I wonder if there is some loose part inside the attenuator, like a set screw.

post #476 of 1221

Jtinto,

 

My first Soloist had the same issue.

 

t's faulty. There is no screw; the outer cover of the pot is held in place with glue.

 

Should be an easy DIY fix (drop of superglue), or else back to the shop.

post #477 of 1221

Thanks for your post Duckman

That's exactly what it feels like. I'll have another look at it tomorrow.

I'd hate to send it for service since it works and sounds great throughout its entire range between min and max, the problem is only at the two extremes, where it doesn't solidly stop.

 

I just looked at the pics on the Burson website. I think the plastic sleeve that's pressed into the volume knob is likely the problem.


Edited by jtinto - 12/12/12 at 7:22pm
post #478 of 1221

So it is built like a tank except ...  his stepped attenuator.

post #479 of 1221

Stepped is a tank too.  That part of the 'problem' people have with it.  The butter smooth steppeds aren't tanks, they're loose and slide easily and quietly but their contact strength is lower.

post #480 of 1221

So far so good

I just pushed the knob onto the shaft a bit tighter
It seems to have seated the plastic sleeve in the knob ... fingers crossed
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