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post #61 of 1167

Was the HA-160D DAC used to feed the Soloist?

post #62 of 1167

I tried with others DAC too like DACport LX and HRT iStreamer, using amp from both of Burson.

post #63 of 1167
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post


Since you have the LCD3, would you be able to compare that headphone on the soloist vs other amps you've tried? Even if it's just in approximate terms. Did you notice anything in particular? This amp was on my list as a potential amp upgrade for my LCD3 (currently using an Amphora).

 

thanks

 

 I personally still prefer the Dark Star (as already mentioned) and the Sugden HA-4 Masterclass, not a really

 relevant comment perhaps because those amps are very pricey indeed. For the price point it is a substantial

 improvement over the HA-160 and Schiit Lyr.

 

 Down here in Oz the Lyr is about $550 and the Soloist sells for $899 - It's worth the extra $$$$ for sure.

 LCD3 is a loaner, I really enjoy it for electronic material but it is not to my taste for anything organic

 hence why I'm a PS1000 man biggrin.gif

post #64 of 1167
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Originally Posted by TheMiddleSky View Post

Compare to amp section of HA160D (supposed to be same as HA160), this what I got:

- Better impact on Soloist, somehow 160D seems "duller" with more grainy sounding.

- Better depth than 160D. I always think 160D has very good depth, but Soloist is simply give you even more

- Soloist has slightly more forward lower treble, and I think it's help the clarity and clearer sounding

- Better detail pronounce and cleaner separation than 160D

- Overall tonality, it's still Burson, and have similiarity to 160D, only Soloist just improve in many aspect.

 

 

Sounds like a really interesting amp to me :)

 

/ ChriG

post #65 of 1167

And like all things Head-Fi a 180 from the other impression ;)  Now if Headfonia could put up their review we'd have 2 "pro" impressions.

post #66 of 1167

Any new impressions or further developed ones?

post #67 of 1167

Had some time with it yesterday. I think it's a great buy. Runs the LCD2 and 3 well.

 

In a side by side with the Dark Star: the DS (balanced) was more forward and perhaps had slightly more detail; but I think I preferred the presentation of the Burson, which was more relaxed, less stark, but still very well done.

 

The centre image of the Burson sits a little further back than the DS.

 

Worth a listen.

post #68 of 1167
Interesting. Are there any other amps that you have used with the LCD3 and could you comment on how the new Burson compares?

Thanks for the impressions.
post #69 of 1167

Thanks Duck should be interesting in comparison to the Mjolnir which is cheaper but balanced.

post #70 of 1167
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

Interesting. Are there any other amps that you have used with the LCD3 and could you comment on how the new Burson compares?
Thanks for the impressions.


Yes, I've heard the V200 (no good for LCD3, but very good for the 2), 2 channel B22 (average), Leben CS300 (above average).

 

I think, driving the LCD3, I'd put the Burson on a similar level to the CS300, but with a SS sound.

 

But nothing yet has wowed me as an amp for the LCD3. It may be that I prefer the 2 (and the 2 seems less picky with amps).

 

Have a Stratus on order, and hope it will change things.

post #71 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Duckman View Post


Yes, I've heard the V200 (no good for LCD3, but very good for the 2), 2 channel B22 (average), Leben CS300 (above average).

 

I think, driving the LCD3, I'd put the Burson on a similar level to the CS300, but with a SS sound.

 

But nothing yet has wowed me as an amp for the LCD3. It may be that I prefer the 2 (and the 2 seems less picky with amps).

 

Have a Stratus on order, and hope it will change things.

Might I suggest the Cavalli Liquid Fire? Simply the best I've heard the LCD-3s sound (w/ a quad of E88CC Siemens tubes). The Stratus looks very promising too (as does the Moljinir).

post #72 of 1167
Thanks Duckman!

I think I will order one of these later this summer. I like the build quality of the burson (owned an ha160) and the combination of analog inputs, gain control, pre outs and power make it very enticing.
post #73 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Duckman View Post

2 channel B22 (average)

 

Have a Stratus on order, and hope it will change things.

Dem be fightin words ;)  But in all seriousness how did the two compare character wise?  I have a balanced B22 now and had the HA-160D once upon a time.

 

Looking forward to more Stratus impressions.

post #74 of 1167

Out of curiously, anyone try the Burson Soloist with the HE-6?

post #75 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Dem be fightin words ;)  But in all seriousness how did the two compare character wise?  I have a balanced B22 now and had the HA-160D once upon a time.

 

Looking forward to more Stratus impressions.

 

Ha!

 

To state the obvious: given yours is balanced, and all builds will sound slightly different, I'd be willing to bet your setup is pretty awesome sounding despite my fightin' words.

 

I couldn't really compare, Solude. The B22 was at home for a while, but my setup was in flux; whilst the Soloist was in a shop (though it was nice and quiet there, and I'd brought in my own DAC).

 

I liked the fact that the Soloist was laid back without being dull or lacking in detail. It also had lovely imaging capabilities.

 

Still has the clunky attenuator. I'd prefer that they add a few more steps.

 

 

Thanks MH. I'm hoping the Stratus will bring a similar quality level (to the LF), but at slightly less cost. Shipping and tax is a big factor here in Oz.


Edited by Duckman - 7/9/12 at 8:48pm
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