MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008
Very tight tolerances in the quality of the components, very few components that don't need to be there and are only added so the marketing guys have something interesting to push (i.e., most cheesy, crappy, starved-plate "toob" preamps), circuitry that stays "more linear" over a broader range of voltage...
The P-Solo is a relatively simple and "no-frills" preamp -- Which is usually a wonderful place to be. Clean gain, plenty of headroom (use it or not, circuitry that can handle the headroom usually sounds better even when you're not invading it).
I'd put the P-Solo much more in the "transparent" category -- It's a great cornerstone unit. Everyone should have one (and a Shure SM7b, but that's for another thread). Then start adding "color" options (GAP Pre73's, API, Great River, etc.) later.