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New Solo Ultra Linear

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An informative post FMG, (as yours usually are Thumbs%20Up) - thanks for sharing your impressions.

Does leave me feeling I may have to upgrade my Solo sooner rather than later Unhappy

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Thanks TG! The Solo Ultra Linear is outstandingly good, all of the headphones I have plugged in sound better than they ever have before. I was trying to write down why I like listening to it so much, which we all know is hard to do. I hope you get one, I am sure you'll feel the same way about it.
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Well ... I am finally listening to a Solo Ultra Linear with a PSU1! Big smile Straight out of the box and fed using a pair of RCA splitters from an inexpensive HLLY SMK-II with Apple Lossless files from an iMac running iTunes 10.4.1 I can say that versus a fully burnt-in SRGII w/ PSU1:

1. The soundstage is wider.
2. There seems to be more air between the notes.
3. There is more clarity and I suspect more treble extension (to be confirmed after more burn in).

Now, why did I wait this long? Embarrassed


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Oct 2011 at 8:09am
Originally posted by mrarroyo mrarroyo wrote:

Well ... I am finally listening to a Solo Ultra Linear with a PSU1! Big smile 
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Now, why did I wait this long? Embarrassed
 
Don't look back Miguel, think of the years of pleasure ahead!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mrarroyo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2011 at 9:34pm
Well it has been 27 days and the Solo UL has been moved from the burning in location to the listening bench. Currently I am using a splitter to feed both the SRGII and the UL from the same source ... HLLY SMK-II DAC out. For cans I am using my 6 year old pair of Grado RS-1 and the music files are Apple Lossless from a 2009 iMac 3.06.

I still think the UL has a wider soundstage. However the difference is not as pronounced as I recall when I first took the UL out of the box. I then switched over to a Sennheiser HD580 w/ the HD650 cable and noticed I had to slightly increase the volume pot on the UL to match the SRGII. Not much of an increase, perhaps 1/4 hour more.

They are very close in this round and it would be very hard for me to select one over the other. I will get a better DAC to feed both amps concurrently to see if I can hear difference or not. More to come.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mrarroyo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Nov 2011 at 10:33am
The soundstage on the UL is so much wider than the SRGII that it is hard to imagine unless you listen to the two amps side by side. The SRGII by virtue of having a narrower presentation has a more "in your face" impact. My wife and I feel the bass in the UL is a bit deeper and with more impact, not a night/day difference but noticeable.
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Hi mrarroyo,
 
I have an SRGII at the moment and will be buying an UL this month. I am listening through HD650's.
 
Your 2 posts above this one got me a bit confused. In the first one you're saying that the difference in soundstage is small, in the second one you're saying it's huge... The difference in time that you posted them is 2 days.
 
What made the experience so different? Did you use a better DAC?
 
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