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  1. Hifiman HE-6SE

    Please read first: I am unable to use PayPal (and have not, honorably, since about 2015.) To comply with the Head-Fi classifieds rules, I can no longer solicit other direct payment methods without buyer protection. If there is another protected payment service that the buyer would prefer to use...
  2. Schiit Bifrost 2

    Please read first: I am unable to use PayPal (and have not, honorably, since about 2015.) To comply with the Head-Fi classifieds rules, I can no longer solicit other direct payment methods without buyer protection. If there is another protected payment service that the buyer would prefer to use...
  3. Burson Soloist 3X Performance

    Regrettably up for sale is my Burson Soloist 3X Performance. Unfortunately, I've run into some financial needs elsewhere, and need to sell my entire setup. This also includes a Schiit Bifrost 2 and Hifiman HE-6SE V2 (separately). For full disclosure, the unit is missing 2 of the 4 screws that...
  4. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    The one thing I am uncertain of in this configuration is if the pair of op-amps in the volume stage are bypassed completely. I suspect they are because the sound is a little less "colored" in this mode.
  5. JWahl

    A flagship audio player annouced featuring a classical design-Oriolus DPS-L2

    This made me think, they should have thrown in a custom color-matched pair of Koss Porta-Pro for the price. It might seem like a price disproportionate match, but the aesthetics would be spot on.
  6. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Ahh, so I did have it right the first time. Thanks for that. I followed your instructions and it worked perfectly.....after I realized an amateur mistake I was making. That being said.... FALSE ALARM everyone. I am an idiot, and allow me to share how I am an idiot so you don't have to be...
  7. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Thanks for the reply. What I am uncertain of, is which XLR pins I need to measure across. Do I just measure across the positive and negative phase pins for each channel and then adjust the respective potentiometers while measuring? The TRS output is pretty straightforward being ground to hot...
  8. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    One more quick follow-up. I threw the V6 Vivid back in both spots and repeated the measurement on the TRS jack. I checked the right channel right after power-on and watched the measurement drop quickly with warm-up down to less than 1 mV, but repeated measurements with a few seconds in between...
  9. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    This is the quote from his review that I am referring to: "The output DC-voltage is already pre-adjusted by Burson to a minimal value. After a couple of minutes of warm-up, I was able to measure values between +/-1 mV and +/-5 mV of DC, so a respectable low value indeed. However, in case you...
  10. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    It does seem like the gain is a little less with the SparkoS in the volume-control position, but that could be my imagination if that stage is configured for unity gain. It could be a psycho-acoustic loudness difference at work. As mentioned above, the 51 to 52 jump has nothing to do with the...
  11. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    It seems like my tastes can be so finicky sometimes. I've been swapping op-amps some more and now both pairs of SparkoS in the Soloist are sounding better than I remember. There's more speed and micro-detail now without losing the overall tonally pleasing signature. I'm wondering if it's...
  12. JWahl

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    Your best bet is probably to set a keyword alert like "Hifiman" on the Slickdeals website.
  13. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Absolutely. There's no substitute for direct comparisons if you have the opportunity. Enjoy!
  14. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    I doubt there will be a 3XR version unless....they decide to do something like they did with the transition from Fun/Bang to Funk where they added a speaker amp stage to the circuit of the Fun. A balanced integrated amp in the 3XR chassis might be interesting, but I think still unlikely...
  15. JWahl

    Hifiman HE6-SE

    This new Burson amp that's being discussed in this thread might fit your needs exactly. It's still pretty new so no reviews, but I think it would be interesting to see how the speaker taps fare with the HE-6SE. It also doubles as a standard single-ended headphone amp. Edit: Maybe not exactly...
  16. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    I'd really like to hear one of those TDA1541A designs some more one day. I'm pretty sure I already have at a meet in one of the AMR CD players. Probably the best sounding overall setup I've heard at a meet (twice), but it was also paired high-end Eddie Current DHT tube amps both times. I...
  17. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Partly price, and partly because if I was going to go that route for about the same price, I'd just get a Conductor 3X Reference or the 3XP for considerably less. My personal philosophy toward DACs at the moment is that if they're priced over about $1,000 USD, they need to have some kind of...
  18. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    It was. I didn't think it was at first, but it actually shipped with the 1.35 update installed. I would have kept it a little longer since Bloom Audio's return period is a more generous 30 days and I wanted to compare it directly to the Bifrost 2, but some unexpected expenses came up. My...
  19. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Long story short, I was permabanned (maybe 7 or 8 years ago now?) for reasons which they never explained. I'm guessing because I had poor credit at the time and was considered a risk despite never having a complaint on a sale. Their overly broad terms of service allow them to do this and also...
  20. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    I can believe that. It is almost makes me tempted to go for the Fluxlab FA-10 and cash out the difference. I can tell the potential that these headphones have. I think I just started with a poor synergy off the bat. Throwing a V6 Vivid pair back in the buffer stage also helps a bit (I've...
  21. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    After an hour or so of brain adjustment/burn-in it does seem to improve a bit. It still feels underwhelming though, even at the discount price. Although the treble quantity isn't as offensive as the HE-4xx I had, there's a similar slight metallic sheen to it that annoys me. Resolution and...
  22. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    I think it is worth it. What I'm still trying to decide is if I prefer all SparkoS in the Soloist, or 1 pair of each mixed. Keeping one pair of the vivid in the buffer stage keeps some of the richness/sweetness at the slight cost of ultimate texture and resolution. I think the all-SparkoS...
  23. JWahl

    New Mcintosh MHA200

    This is mildly interesting to me. I just saw a press-release article, and given the MHA-150 and their usual pricing structure, I fully expected this would be at minimum $5,000, just because. $2,500 isn't cheap by any means, but almost seems reasonable for the company, assuming they didn't cut...
  24. JWahl

    iFi audio NEO iDSD - The wave is here! : TOUR Info (Post 175 Page 12)

    I have a question for any of the iFi reps. I was discussing the Neo iDSD on another thread and there was an external review linked that claimed that it was not fully balanced. Do you know if this is the case? I think that the reviewer may have incorrectly assumed that because it only uses a...
  25. JWahl

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    Thanks for pointing this out. I'll have to ask an iFi rep in that thread for confirmation. Going by that review, unless iFi specifically told him it's not fully balanced, I think he may be making an incorrect assumption based on "dual mono". Dual mono doesn't imply that a circuit isn't...
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