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post #871 of 1162
I forgot to mention...aside that I am hoping the sound will be good..I also like the size of centrance dacmini cx (small enough) to be stacked on top of Soloist. But still not sure the sound resulted with this combo.
post #872 of 1162

I'll try to say this as clearly as I can...

 

If you are in the market for a DAC... AND you want a Soloist... AND you aren't budgeted to spend upwards of $2000+ on the DAC alone... get the Conductor.  You'll have a world class headphone amp and a DAC that competes with DACs is the $2000+ range.  Clear? =)

post #873 of 1162
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I'll try to say this as clearly as I can...

 

If you are in the market for a DAC... AND you want a Soloist... AND you aren't budgeted to spend upwards of $2000+ on the DAC alone... get the Conductor.  You'll have a world class headphone amp and a DAC that competes with DACs is the $2000+ range.  Clear? =)

+1

post #874 of 1162
Now i am feeling guilty and sad frown.gif
Looks like i made a wrong choice. I was on the fence of choosing between conductor and this combo before i decided to order my Soloist.. I was thinking other benefit that instead of having one bigger desktop amp...it could be better for me to have 2 seperates unit. So when i am on the go...is possible for me to just carry the dacmini alone. I know..at the end is the sound does matter..but i hope this combo Solist + dacmini is not too far behind in term of SQ.

Anyway i will check and reshare my thoughts again with my local dealer...who knows is still possible to change my order..it was 3 days ago frown.gif
post #875 of 1162
If you really intend to use the centrance as a transportable setup, I don't see why you should change your mind at all.

Whilst sound quality is important, so is flexibility based on your lifestyle. Besides, from what i hear, the centrance is no slouch in the quality department itself.

The conductor is basically a soloist with a dac. That means convenience. The soloist, being standalone amp, can be paired with any dac of your choice. I guess what i'm saying is, there is nothing wrong with either choice. It is a choice now between convenience or flexibility.

I chose the latter, with the intention of pairing it with another dac in the future. Dacs now are quite a hot commodity. We're spoilt for choice. I might hold out for a while longer as there are a lot of new dacs coming out soon. That means lower prices for current outstandind dacs.
post #876 of 1162
Thanks NZheadcase for sharing your thoughts.
I second thought about it and i think i just stay with my choice. The Soloist is already on the way. Last time Drewbrew at moonaudio also suggested me to better go with conductor. While i do believe the conductor might sound better...but my other big concern is that i can use dacmini as my transportable rig as well. So i think i am happy enough with my choice.

I have spoken to Zilch0mp and he gave me very interesting information about tube buffer from decware. I think i might wanna try and see how it goes. I am very excited with this tube buffer as i never tried it before. One forum member named Foker i think he got a bunch of experince on this matter..i might PM him later to ask him about his impression on this tube buffer.

Btw thanks guys for sharing thoughts with me. I will post my impression later after i received my goods.

My best regards.
Yon.
post #877 of 1162
Going to pick up my Burson Soloist on Tuesday:) had a tearful departure of my Woo WA22.. Had to get some extra cash.. On audition of the Soloist, I was impressed. Going to be feeding it a diet of 180gram pressings:) and maybe a HRT iStreamer down the track...
post #878 of 1162
Letting the amp warm up for its first use;) doing homework... A late night session methinks:)
post #879 of 1162
Okey Dokey... The difference isn't as massive as I expected between the Burson and the WA22.. There's a difference in presentation, the bass is punchier on the Soloist. It's a little cooler, female vocals are emphasised a little more, which isn't a bad thing. One of the biggest practical differences is three inputs which each have the same output at the phones, unlike the WA22, which halves the power on the the unbalanced inputs. I think the Bursons 'stage is a tad wider. The WA22 certainly is lusher. But that's a presentation thing. Oh, solid state removes that neurotic valve rolling stuff;) the Burson is certainly transparent, and I think a little more detailed. Just my observations:)
post #880 of 1162
Oh, I'm using LCD-2's:)
post #881 of 1162
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Originally Posted by migasson View Post

Okey Dokey... The difference isn't as massive as I expected between the Burson and the WA22.. There's a difference in presentation, the bass is punchier on the Soloist. It's a little cooler, female vocals are emphasised a little more, which isn't a bad thing. One of the biggest practical differences is three inputs which each have the same output at the phones, unlike the WA22, which halves the power on the the unbalanced inputs. I think the Bursons 'stage is a tad wider. The WA22 certainly is lusher. But that's a presentation thing. Oh, solid state removes that neurotic valve rolling stuff;) the Burson is certainly transparent, and I think a little more detailed. Just my observations:)

 

Keep listening my friend, the Soloist will definitely change on you - all for the better.  It will tighten up, gain texture, widen its soundstage, and become more transparent with break-in.  It changes more than any SS amp I know.  It will really shine in about a 100 hrs of break-in.  Another thing:  I don't power down my unit.  I believe it's built for constant on.  Powering down the unit for any substantial time requires a mini break-in. 

 

2 cents.   

post #882 of 1162

Ok so I decided to grab a demo Soloist for comparing to my Lake People G109 + HD800.

 

First impression, very little if any difference. I hate the stepped attenuator already. And after few hours of use, it developed a buzz clearly heard at louder volumes (tried an isolator box, no help). Oh well it's probably going back soon.. never had any problems with my G109 which is a real work horse. Only thing I might miss is the multiple inputs.

post #883 of 1162

Soloist has no ground loop breaker so if used with a PC that is connected electrically (coax/usb/rca) you can get a loop.  I ended up going toslink but lifting ground on the DAC also took the buzz away.

post #884 of 1162

Have you guys seen the new power amp? Burson Timekeeper looks amazing wish i could afford to drop $2600 on it it would be perfect from my B&W bookshelfs

 

http://bursonaudio.com/Burson_Timekeeper.html

 

post #885 of 1162

Can't say I would ever buy an amp with a fan.  Just asking for background noise.

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