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Burson Conductor Headphone Amplifier + USB DAC + Pre Amp
Burson Audio
£1,499.00

Availability: Available For Order

SKU Code: 6832
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Description
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Burson Audio Conductor is the flagship model, an uncompromising 3 in 1 creation combining reference class headphone amplifier, USB DAC and pre amp. Use the Conductor to listen to music from a digital source such as your computer, NAS drive or digital streamer, along with 3 standard RCA inputs.

On the digital front, the Conductor features a 24bit/192khz Tenor TE8802 USB receiver working in Asynchronous Transfer Mode. It also accepts coaxial and Toslink inputs supporting 32bit/192khz audio files. On the analogue front, it accepts analogue input via RCA and outputs in 6.35mm headphone jack, line-level output (DAC) and variable output (preamp). With such versatility, the new conductor works perfectly with any audio system.

This model also includes a pre out for connecting to a separate power amplifier(s) to listen through speakers and a DAC out, allowing you to use the DAC as part of a main hi-fi system.

1) The DAC

At the heart of our DAC is the ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC chip. With patented 32-bit Hyper-stream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technology, the SABRE32 is one of the best and most expensive DAC chips in the world and is truly reference class .

2) The Headphone Amplifier

The Conductor features the highly regarded Burson Soloist Headphone Amplifier. Burson had to deploy another 35W customised transformer to ensure that the Soloist circuitry is independent and optimised at all times. This is to ensure that its performance is exactly the same as the standalone Soloist.

3) High Performance Pre Amp

The Conductor is not your average headphone amp with an added preamp function. Burson didn't simply solder a piece of wire from the headphone output jack to create an unrefined preamp. Instead the preamp output has been extracted from the voltage gain stage before the current gain section, to create a preamp that reflects the full potential of our FET output stage, and our less is more philosophy. Performance and versatility are uncompromising!

Listening impression

The Conductor was designed to be the centerpiece of any audio setup. Not only does it harmonize with any preamp, power amp, headphone or computer, but it goes further by unleashing the hidden potentials in each, and unifying them to work as one. In terms of sonic signature, the Conductor is consistent to our core philosophy, that the less the equipment tampers with the music, the greater the music becomes.

To take an example, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 by Herbert Karajan and his beloved Berliner Philharmoniker in 1963 was magnificently reproduced. The old-fashioned perfectionist was conservative and faithful to the composer. He funneled the absolute best of all those musicians into a unified musical expression that is an embodiment of beauty. Everything happened so naturally as one note followed another, and then combined to fill with the energy and power of life. Karajan's Pastoral was not only heard by ears but felt deep inside. He didn't just paint a majestic landscape or take us on a scenic tour of rural Austria.. No! The great conductor led us on the same epic, emotional journey once embarked upon by the composer himself.

We felt Beethoven's wounded soul yearning for peace from the pain of deteriorating hearing. The small solace found when returned to his beloved pastoral home. His fury against fate, and, like a swallow in the eye of a storm, his attempt to comprehend all the violence and cruelty everywhere and his cries for mercy. Then suddenly, as if his prayers were answered, he saw only beauty and realized that all was well intended and all will be good. We felt his jubilation at renewed faith and his determination to reach new heights. While the notes can end, the music lasts forever. The heart, as the composers once was, is overwhelmed with gratitude.

Delivery Includes

- 1 x Conductor Headamp / Pre Amp / DAC
- 1 x Power cable
- 1 x RCA pair input cable
- 1 x RCA Coaxial cable
- 1 x USB cable
- 1 x User Manual (including 24 months warranty registration information)

Key Features
Additional Information
Colour Silver
Type Home Use
Number of Headphone Outputs 1
Number of RCA Inputs 3
Includes Pre Amp No
Digital USB Input No
Digital Coaxial Input No
Digital Optical Input No
Power Mains Powered
Amplifier Type Solid State
Brand Burson Audio
Tech Specs

Inputs
1 x USB Connection
1 x Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
1 x Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
2 x RCA line level input

Outputs
1 x headphone jacks 6.35mm
1 x RCA Pre Amp output
1 x RCA DAC direct line out

Audio Measurements
Input impedance: 36.5 KOhms
Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 - 50Khz
Signal to noise ratio: >96dB
THD: <0.03% at 30ohm with 1W ouput
Channel separation: >73dB
Output power: 4W at 16 Ohms
Input impedance: >8K Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
Output impedance: <1 Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
Power dissipation: >45W, internal, regulated power supply

DAC Specifications
Channel Separation: 140 dB @ 1KHz, 130 dB @ 20KHz
THD+N: 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
COAX & Toslink / SPDIF : 32 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz

USB Specifications
OS Requirement: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X
USB : 24 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz
Support up to 24bit @ 96Khz with 10ppm low jitter clock
Asynchronous Transfer Mode

General
Weight: app. 6 kg
Colour: silver anodized aluminium
Dimensions: 265 mm x 255 mm x 80 mm

Reviews
Press Reviews

   

I don't give much of nominations and awards, but as all of you requested so often last year I'm starting with them. I cannot see a better product to fit Mono & Stereo VALUE and SOUND award as Burson Conductor. You'll have to work hard to find a competitor that comes even close to the performance of Conductor. More or less you'll have to pay twice the price (monoandstereo.com review)

   

For such a complete solution and with the separate modules (preamp, DAC, Headphone amp) that works so seamlessly together Conductor is a clear winner (monoandstereo.com review)

   

Fostex’s HP-A8 is somewhere in the 2K figure, and April Music’s Eximus in the 3K region. You can probably find an area where they would beat the Conductor, but looking at the overall package, for music listening, the Conductor earns my #1 recommendation (Headphonia review)

   

It is forthright, herewith and straight-up-now-tell-me, the greatest headphone listening device I have yet heard (The Stereo Times review)

   

I hereby and forthwith proclaim, pronounce and verily decree therefore that the Burson Conductor has handily and mightily outdone its older brother (HA-160D) (The Stereo Times review)

   

In particular, Battle's voice was somewhat purer still, massed string tone had a bit more tonal weight behind the bright leading edge, and I could hear the reverb in the church venue linger on just a bit longer after vocal/orchestral tones died away...The hat trick of improved detail, functional versatility and higher power output is no easy thing. That Burson could pull this off while steadfastly refusing to compromise the intangible something-ness that made the 160D great? Well-- 'tis rare indeed (The Stereo Times review)

   

Yes, the Conductor en masse is more detailed than the HA-160D. Yes, the Conductor is more grain-free than the HA-160D. and yes, the Conductor retains the staple PRaT, dynamism and sheer musical involvement of the 160D (The Stereo Times review)

   

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