Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio
Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp-Bloom Audio

Burson Soloist 3X Performance | Standalone Headphone Amp

Regular price $1,144.00 Sale price$915.00   Save 20%
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Burson Soloist 3X Performance is incredible power at an incredible price

  • Amp and preamp with balanced and single ended inputs and outputs
  • Up to 8W of headphone power
  • Fully class A
  • Coolcase creates passive heat dissipation

Bloom's Take

The Soloist 3X Performance is an absolute wonder of an amp. It provides incredible clean, class A, power in a compact chassis for a low price. If you want to take your headphone to the next level by delivering more power, Soloist 3X Performance provides an option to get that in virtually any system.

Read our full review.


Introduced in 2005, the original Soloist was a bit rough around the edges. Still, with its fully discrete circuitry, resistor ladder volume control and Class-A amplification, the Soloist made a name for oneself, turning Burson from a band of idealists into a brand representing ideals.

The Soloist returns, all grown up and civilised, but without forgetting his humble, blue-collar lineage. He returns to upset the audio industry aristocracy with his flair for performance and working-class affordability.

Astonishing Power

The Soloist 3X-Performance spits out 8000mW in XLR and 4000mW single-ended. Yet, it can drive headphones up to 110db sensitivity without detectable current noise. There is simply nothing like it in the industry.

The key to this ferocious power and pitch-black background is 3 sets of Burson proprietary Max Current Power Supplies (MCPS), delivering instant, abundant and clean energy to its fully discrete and Class-A circuitry.

Burson Soloist 3XP Circuitry

Elitist Volume Control

The Soloist uses the legendary MUSES72320 volume controller. The same controller using by industry aristocrats such as the Pass Lab XP-30, the AVM Ovation and other flagship preamps priced for the fortunate few.

Being a resistance ladder circuit, the MUSE72320 has perfect channel balance and separation, resulting in a phenomenal sound stage. When combined with three levels of gain and our input buffer stage, The Soloist matches any headphone and loudspeaker amplifier perfectly.

Headphone Power Amp Mode

Less is more, and that is the truth even when using the best components on the signal path. Although the MUSE72320 is an incredible volume controller, we’ll let you bypass it when your DAC or preamp already controls volume.

You can also use the Soloist X to boost the driving power of your favourite soundcard while centralising volume control from your favourite playback software or games. It would be the ultimate upgrade to any listening and gaming experience.

Burson Soloist 3XP

Self-Assured But Never Self-centred

The Soloist is confident and self-assured, but it still plays to your preference. It encourages opamp rolling with gold plated DIP8 sockets on its signal path. With countless audio opamps out there, you have complete freedom to create a unique listening experience.

Listening Impression

Never drawing attention to itself, the Soloist is not a flamboyant showman but a phenomenal performer that lets you discover your favourite tunes anew. It powers through any demanding work with precision, reveals micro-details which makes music magical and unveils the emotional core within the rhythms. With our blood, and tradition pumping through its veins, the Burson Soloist 3X returns to entertain a new generation of audience.

Specs

Measurement Package Content
Input impedance: 35 KOhms Soloist 3XP Ref.
Model # M-120X
RCA Cable
Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 – 48Khz Remote Control Power Cable
THD: <0.0015% 24V Power Unit
Output impedance (Headphone Amp): 0.5 Ohm
Output impedance (Pre Out ): 25 Ohm
General
Inputs: 1 x XLR
1 x RCA
1 x Mic Bypass
Weight: app. 3 kg
Outputs: 1 x XLR Preamp/DAC
1 x XLR Headphone Jack
1 X SE Headphone Jack
Dimensions: 200 X 250 X 60mm
Impedance (Headphone Jack) Power XLR / SE Signal to Noise Ratio Separation
16 Ohm 8 / 4W 110db 99%
32 Ohm 4 / 2W 110db 99%
100 Ohm 1 / 0.5W 112db 99%
150 Ohm 600/300mW 105db 99%
300 Ohm 300/150mW 106db 99.5%

In the Box

 

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Customer Reviews

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Sam Morton
Fantastic Amp

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).

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Rob F.
This amp is fantastic and Bloom Audio is even better.

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!

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Mark Corrigan
The End Game

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.

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Gabriel Robinson
Great Little Hot Piece of Engineering

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.

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Robert Noblitt
Amazing headphone 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.


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