The Burson Soloist will make your headphones sound better than ever

The Burson Soloist looks and feels like a scaled down high-end stereo power amplifier, but the Soloist is a headphone amp. The chassis is constructed from thick slabs of machined aluminum that dissipate the heat from the amp’s Class-A electronics. The amp would appeal to Ferrari and Leica camera owners who appreciate no-holds-barred industrial design. The Soloist is the real deal.

The Burson Soloist amp, with Beyerdynamics T 70 headphones

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Unlike most solid-state headphone amps, the Soloist doesn’t use off-the-shelf IC “op amps.” In their place the engineers fit proprietary circuits, hand-built in the Burson factory in Austrailia. Even the volume control is fabricated in-house and uses a special 24-step attenuator that incorporates precision metal film resistors assembled by Burson technicians. A conventional volume control would cost a lot less, but Burson’s designers insist on using the best-sounding components. One downside to Burson’s control is that when you change the volume you hear clicks over the headphones.

The Soloist has three analog stereo inputs, so you could connect a CD player, TV, or game for example, an… [Read more]

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