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Burson Soloist Headphone Amplifier

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Introduction to the Burson Soloist Headphone Amplifier

Burson Audio hails to us from Australia, bringing its own design philosophy, "Less is More," to high-end headphone amplifiers. They gained notoriety with the successful HA-160 headphone amp, a pure class A design with an output of 250mW; which is enough power for most headphones, with the exception of a few top-tier power hungry beasts. To drive headphones such as the Audeze LCD3, or the HiFiMAN HE6, Burson has developed an amp which is capable of a more robust 4 Watts of output. The Soloist is part of the company's Musicians Series, a higher end line that also includes the Conductor which is essentially the Soloist plus an integrated DAC. The Soloist retails for $999, not a small chunk of change for even a full power amp, let alone a headphone amp. Is that asking too much or does the Burson Soloist deliver enough bang for the buck?

BURSON SOLOIST HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Headphone Amplifier
  • Input Impedance: 36.5 kOhms
  • MFR: 0 - 50kHz, ± 1 dB
  • S/N: >96dB
  • THD: <0.03% at 30 Ohms with 1W Output
  • Channel Separation: >73dB
  • Output Power: 4W at 16 Ohms
  • Input Impedance: >8K Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
  • Output Impedance: <1 Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
  • Power Dissipation: >25W, Internal, Regulated Power Supply
  • Inputs : 3 x Gold-plated RCA (line level input)
  • Outputs: 1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack, 1 x Pair RCA
  • Weight: 10 Pounds
  • Color: Silver Anodized Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 3.3" H x 7.2" W x 10" D
  • MSRP: $999 USD
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