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  • Soulution 7 mono blocks

    A dealer near me is stocking Soulution I was impressed with the sound .

    I have not heard all that market has to offer to those who have heard these amps what do you think of them other than the price is in thin air.

    Looks and price are the weak points as I see it. Read all I can find which is not much one web based report thought Boulder was better as Soulution were a bit warm sounding I did not hear that in them.

    Any thoughts from those that are in the know.

  • #2
    Garth,

    i havent heard the Solutions since RMAF 2016. Complete Solution system with big Focals and Transrotor. Don’t recall the digital in that room. Don’t recall generation number for the Solution mono blocks. Clarity and soundstage were fabulous but yes, a bit warm. JV reviewed them maybe 6 months ago and characterized them built in sound from the bottom up as opposed to some other SS amps from the top down. I think it’s a good analogy and apropos. In spite of the warmth there was a relaxed naturalness to the sound and stunningly easy to pick up the most minute details in lyrics and sound stage. Among my favorite few rooms at RMAF in the years I attended.
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    • Garth
      Garth commented
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      I have heard them a few times with a few different speakers at the dealer I was impressed .

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    Perhaps the biggest change in the system recently is the acquisition of new power amps. The Spectral 400 DMA are out. My intent was to replace them with the new DMA 500s but much to my surprise and disappointment, Goodwin’s refused to sell them to me unless I bought the commensurate DMC 30SV preamp. Don’t even get me started. My anger knows no bounds here but their policy, as poor as I think it is, was firm. Although I have great respect for Spectral, and in particular for their amps, I am just not enamored with an all Spectral battery tandem of preamp and amp. Too much solid state for me. I was just not willing to give up the VTL 7.5 III preamp to move to a combo that didn’t move me. So, with an open field in front of me, I sorted through the myriad options and budget constraints to see what might be possible. To be honest, my first choice would have been a used pair of CH M1’s. I’ve heard them on several occasions and still remember how impressed I was upon hearing them at Gianluigi’s system in Italy last year. But the odds of finding a used pair are lower than having both parties agree on an immigration bill, so, best to fuggetaboutit and move on.

    I ended buying a pair of Soulution 511 monoblocs
    https://soulution-audio.com/series5/...reo-amplifier/

    I was unfamiliar with these until recently and like most audiophiles, was far more familiar with the their uber amps, the 701 monoblocs. The 511 is actually a newer amp design (about a year old) and hasn’t received much press, but in its Monobloc configuration puts out the same power as their big brother. (I think more than a megawatt per channel for my Wilson Alexandrias is adequate). These are the amps that Soulution was using at the Munich show this year.. The key is that they use the same power supply as the 701 and according to their web site are… “just a razor-thin fraction behind our reference designs of Series 7, this was the design goal we have set for the 511 stereo amplifier.” For a lot less than the 701s and fortunate to have acquired a pristine pair used, that works for me.

    Although I think the Soulutions are astonishingly good, I really should take a moment to say that one of the biggest take ways for me is not how good they are, but how damn good the Spectral 400s are by comparison. The Spectral 400s do not do everything the Soulution 511’s do, but honestly, the 400’s do a few things the 511’s don’t do in return. The best assessment of the 511 can be gleaned from reading Valin’s review of the 701’s in TAS last year. There are plenty of reasons he called it the best solid state amp he has ever heard and now I understand why. But it was interesting that in comparing it to the CH M1’s he specifically mentioned that the Soulutions do not reproduce the sound stage with the precision of the M1’s. I found that remark very relevant in the context that I feel the same way about the Soulution 511 with respect to the Spectral 400s. The 400s do space and the sound stage as well as anything I’ve ever heard. No, with the 511’s you can’t tell if that fart you heard on a live recording is from the 4th violinist in the 1st violin section, or the 1st violin in the second violin section like you can with the 400’s. But what the Soulutions offer in return is exceptional tone color and instrument timbre, and musicality that is exceptional. Remember that the 701 as well as the subsequent 511s are a dramatic departure from the sound of the original 700s which were considered somewhat analytical by many. Not so at all in the 701/511, which use a new power supply in lieu of the traditional transformer based supply of the 700s. Although many of us have found Jon Valin’s reviews questionable in several instances, there is one thing I can’t deny which is that he is a gifted audio writer. He expresses himself and what he hears very well. So when he uses a term whereby he calls the Soulution amps “Sui generis” when it comes to bass performance, you can take that to the bank. I have yet to hear any amp that does bass like the Soulution 511 (I haven’t heard the 701). The often-used and abused term “has to be hard to be believed” comes to mind in this case. I’ve only had the amps about a month or so and am continuing to learn their strengths. But enjoying the music while doing so is pretty damn easy. They are superb instruments. Mated with the wonderful VTL 7.5 III, they make an enticing and highly musical pairing.

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    • Garth
      Garth commented
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      Thats great a new amp that is what you want it to be.
      Any of the soulution gear I have heard has been very good .
      I am not the right guy to say what is best I will Leave that to JV I just know I liked the sound Soulution is getting.

  • #4
    Two of my 3 cats sleeping on packing crates

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