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post #541 of 1171

Of note though is that it isn't switched like the Burson but always on.  So a drag to do the power amp switch dance every time you want to listen to headphones.

post #542 of 1171
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Of note though is that it isn't switched like the Burson but always on.  So a drag to do the power amp switch dance every time you want to listen to headphones.

 If you have a bha-1 how does it sound as a preamp?

post #543 of 1171

I do not.  Switchable pre-out is kind of a big deal for me.

post #544 of 1171
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I do not.  Switchable pre-out is kind of a big deal for me.

 I agree on your point or the point that a unit should have at least some flexibilty.A headphone amp is a lot more useful when it either has a dac and or preamp function.

post #545 of 1171

I can see some wanting to run their source to their headphone amp first in their speaker systems.

I'd far rather run my sources through a good-quality transparent separate pre-amp that switches multiple sources then feeds speaker amps and headphone amps.

Guess I'm more of a discrete vs multi-function supporter.

Don't get me wrong. There's a place for flexible multi-function components. I'm looking for a desktop DAC/Amp for my MacPro right now smily_headphones1.gif

post #546 of 1171
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Originally Posted by jtinto View Post

I can see some wanting to run their source to their headphone amp first in their speaker systems.

I'd far rather run my sources through a good-quality transparent separate pre-amp that switches multiple sources then feeds speaker amps and headphone amps.

Guess I'm more of a discrete vs multi-function supporter.

Don't get me wrong. There's a place for flexible multi-function components. I'm looking for a desktop DAC/Amp for my MacPro right now smily_headphones1.gif

 



You might want to look at Centrance's Dacmini LX for a quality DAC/Headphone amp for work.  I have the Dacmini DX, which is also a 25 Watt digital amp driving their marvelous Mastercalss speakers.  You should see the case came with the package, Pelican Storm Case weighs more than the two speakers and amp.

post #547 of 1171

thanks tread 1963

 

I've thought about the W4S MiniT and the Dacmini DX. I have some nearfield Totem monitors that I could connect.


Edited by jtinto - 1/7/13 at 11:40am
post #548 of 1171

Hey all,

Is it common for the Burson to emit a low-level hum from the unit itself?  I sent one back to Audio Advisor because of this.

 

I assume the amp is supposed to be dead quiet both over headphones and in the room.

post #549 of 1171

Mine does not hum.

Good move sending it back.

post #550 of 1171
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Originally Posted by moses1258 View Post

Hey all,

Is it common for the Burson to emit a low-level hum from the unit itself?  I sent one back to Audio Advisor because of this.

 

I assume the amp is supposed to be dead quiet both over headphones and in the room.


Dead quit is suppose to be one of this unit's strength's.  Likely a bad power supply.  Jtinto is correct, good move sending back.

post #551 of 1171

Should be quiet.  But if the next one does the same thing, you might have power line issues.  Or more likely a fader style light switch in a room on the same circuit.

post #552 of 1171

Thanks everyone.  I think I will try one more Soloist.  I liked what I heard, but the humming was too much of an issue.

 

Solude, I might try some power conditioning to alleviate the problem.

post #553 of 1171

Hi moses1258,

 

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Thanks everyone.  I think I will try one more Soloist.  I liked what I heard, but the humming was too much of an issue.

 

Solude, I might try some power conditioning to alleviate the problem.

 

 

I recently ordered this Furman 10-Amp power conditioner from an Amazon Marketplace seller for only $102.49, plus shipping:

 

 

                              Furman AC-215A 

 

 

 

 

All this for a hundred bucks...

 

 

Here's Furman's web page on the AC-215A.    The Datasheet.   And the Manual.  

 

 

 

Here's a Furman rep introducing two of their products at NAMM 2010.  Watch the whole video or skip ahead to 1:12 for his discussion of the AC-215A:

 

 

I bought the AC-215A just to protect my Soloist from line noise, over voltage, surges, etc. - I haven't been hearing any noise that must be dealt with.

 

I've decided to place the conditioner as close as possible to the Soloist, so I ordered the shortest (2-foot) 14 AWG power cord I could find - nothing special, just a very heavy-duty power cord made by Tripp-Lite:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027JPKIE

 

This 2-foot cord will sit between the power conditioner and the Soloist.

 

Then, between the wall outlet and the power conditioner, instead of buying an "audiophile" power cord, I just got a 10-foot version of the same, 14 AWG power cord (that's both heavier gauge and longer than the Soloist's original power cord).

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012EI6KE

 

When it all gets here, I'll be listening very, very carefully to see if the Furman power conditioner or the two power cords introduce any noise with any of my headphones, including my IEMs.

 

Stay tuned...

 

Mike

post #554 of 1171
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Originally Posted by JohannesBrahms View Post

I don't think they've lost sight of the end result, which is sound quality, right?  Not, your sensitivity to little clicks in the sound when adjusting the volume.  If it means the sound is more pure with a stepped attenuator, I'll take that.  I can live with little clicks, not compromised sound quality.  The Soloist is IMHO one of the best values out there.  Incredible sound quality, amazing preamp, that sounds better than any amp for under a grand.  

 

However, if you're just into really loud Rock or Punk or just general band music, I would look elsewhere.  Burson is about pure audio signal, transparency, tonality, texture, sound staging, etc...  But it's not about wowing people who want their heads blown off.  If you're into chamber music, string orchestral, even blue grass and jazz, this amp is ridiculously good.  

 

Rockers can get their rocks off with many different amps other than the Soloist.  

 

Absolutely... truly superb sound quality from my new Soloist with any of my phones (Grado PS1000, PS500, RS-1, Senn HD580M/600/650, Denon MD5000, AT AD2000, etc.)!  

 

Using my iPod Touch 4 / Pure i20 (with WAV or ALAC files) into my Monarchy Audio M24 Tube DAC / LS the sound is like "like being there."  

 

And... yes... it's all about "pure audio signal, transparency, tonality, texture, sound staging, etc.."  And the detail is incredible.  It is great with all of these "acoustic genres" - quite amazing really!  

 

With absolutely no background noise, hums, or pops or clicks of the stepped attenuator - just great sound quality.  And with the 3 step gain adjustment, you can pretty well find the volume you want with whatever phones.  It seems to have sufficient voltage, and current, to drive both low and high impedence phones to their optimum - a very versatile amp!

 

The Soloist is one of the "great amps," and a true bargin, even at the MSRP!  Get one... you will be very pleased.

post #555 of 1171

I have 3 headphones...HD800,HE500,and T1....I am curious as to the gain settings used by other head-fiers

 

I use hi gain for the 500's and the T1 and the medium gain for the 800's....

 

Wondering what others are doing.....

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