The Burson Soloist 3XP is a great Amp. It costs a little more than all of the “usual suspects” in the sub-1000 dollar category, but it performs to a higher and more enjoyable level. The Soloist has a nice spacious soundstage, with great separation between the instruments. There is a richness and dimension to the sound that I find very pleasing. This is actually the second Soloist 3XP I’ve purchased, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s performs amazingly with all of the different DACs (and types of DACS) I’ve paired it with (Chord Hugo 2, Burson Composer, iFi Diablo, Schiit Bifrost 2, and Denafrips Ares 2).
What a pleasure to order and work with such an excellent establishment. I have never received such an excellent experience from a retailer. I can't say enough! Thanks Bloom!
Just received, listening to it right now. My compliments to Bloom Audio for great prices and super fast delivery. I have a Woo Audio tube amp for that “tubey” sound on certain headphones, and Singxer SA-1 for occasional use. This amp blows the Singxer out of the water!
The Burson picks up every detail, seems fairly warm in presentation, and is really well built. The remote control is a dream, and even though double the price of the SA-1; it is very well worth every cent. You can tell that Burson sacrifices nothing for great sound and high quality. I can’t imagine ever replacing this amp.
I’ll still use my tube amp, but the Burson is great also. I cannot recommend this amp or Bloom Audio highly enough. Thanks guys.
This thing is so good. I've been addicted to getting new gear just to try it out and hear the differences, but, now that I have this, all I want to do is listen to all the music. So good. That said, it gets so hot. I literally moved my office from the third floor of my townhouse to the first because this thing generates so much heat. A little USB desk fan blowing across this space heater is essential. That said, the design of the heatsink works great, and it is much better than other Class-A amps. I have it paired with a Denafrips Ares II and couldn't be happier. Cheers to Burson for this beautiful little amp.
After I received the Burson Soloist 3X, I had a chance to compare it in my system with 3 other amps: HeadAmp GS-X mini, Singxer SA-1, and Topping A90. In terms of sound quality, the closest competition was from the Singxer. None of the other amps could match the Burson for transparency and detail, however the Burson is not bright, just accurate. It also does well as a preamp, but note it only has balanced XLR pre-amp outs. Adapters are required to drive a device with RCA inputs (such as powered speakers in my case). The supplied remote is very handy and of solid construction. I'm using the Burson with a Chord Qutest DAC, and a Meze Empyrean headphone (most often). I appreciate that the Burson allows choice of low, medium, and high gain output.