Cross-posting from the Beyerdynamic T1 thread...
Burson Soloist arrived today!
In short, I much prefer the Soloist with the T1 than with the LCD-2. And yet, I prefer the DACmini CX with 1-Ohm output impedance mod -> LCD-2 vs. T1.
Comparing these two amps with these two headphones really exemplifies the importance of carefully matching headphones to amps.
The DACmini CX with 1-Ohm output impedance mod is brighter than its factory-default DACmini CX siblings, that ship with a 10-Ohm output impedance. That brighter, more neutral flavor of the DACmini CX works very well to make the LCD-2 rev.1 sparkle. DACmini CX + LCD-2 is a great match, especially with the 1-Ohm output impedance mod.
Ever since getting the T1 a couple of weeks ago, I've been listening to it almost exclusively on that same DACmini CX, which lacks the warmth of the default DACmini CX.
Now that I've heard the T1 with the Soloist, I'm a lot happier with the way it performs. Where the LCD-2 is almost too euphonic, too full, too warm with the Soloist, the T1 is just right! And with the Soloist putting out 2.67x the power of the DACmini CX, the improvement in dynamics is obvious - both with the T1 and the LCD-2. The T1 really wants more power than I had imagined. I'm running it on Medium Gain, with the Soloist stepped attenuator at about 11 o'clock.
More later, except to say, I like my T1 more than ever before, now that I've found a good amp for it!
The Soloist is awesome, even though it pops as I turn the stepped attenuator - just like everyone else's.
Edited by zilch0md - 12/19/12 at 6:14am