Burson Audio Conductor 3X Performance DAC & Headphone Amplifier

Burson Audio

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  • Intro
    Some DAC/Amps claim to give you the front row experience in exchange for less soundstage. Others promise a 3D soundstage in trade for fewer details. The Conductor simply gives you everything in the recording, without sugar-coating, the good and sometimes the ugly. You can locate a tapping foot on the stage while enjoying that lingering vibration of air after a keystroke.

    Advanced Digital
    The Conductor uses the SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips, the most advanced and expensive in the industry. Its Customised USB driver by Thesycon Germany ensures low latency bit-perfect audio playback. The result is incredible processing power, accurately playing back DSD512 and 38bit/786khz audio.

    It also features a Qualcomm/CSR8675 Bluetooth 5.0 receiver. Playing back at 24bit/96khz with aptX HD audio codec. , it pushes sound quality and ease of use to the highest level.

    Max Current Power Supply
    The Conductor Performance features the same Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) that has made the Conductor Reference legendary.

    A technology developed, owned and used exclusively by Burson Audio, the MCPS raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. It completely overcomings the disadvantages of both linear power supplies and conventional switching power supplies, resulting in incredible dynamic and micro-details.

    The Cool Case
    We like to turn Class-A amplifiers from monsters with heat-fins into elegant, desktop-friendly machines, and we do it through the Cool Case. Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey, the Cool Case is a unified heat-sink keeping the Class-A Conductor cool and optimised. Critics such as Headfonics called it “the new standard” in the audio industry.

    Having a footprint that is 30% less than the Conductor Reference and a volume similar to a lunch box, it is beautiful but unobstructive. Take it to work, and no one will raise an eyebrow.

    Opamp Rolling Fun
    The Conductor Performance comes with Burson V6 Vivid discrete opamps. But don’t let us or anyone dictate your listening experience. The Conductor encourages opamp rolling with gold plated DIP8 sockets along its signal path. With hundreds of audio opamps out there, you have the freedom to tailor your listening experience to your preference.

    The Sound
    While our Conductor Reference is like Huge Jackman in Kate and Leopold, the completed package, the Conductor Performance is the shredded Wolverine. It’s still him but stripped down! Power and total control of that power will be the overwhelming first impression. It energises every note and space in between, bringing accuracy and micro-details. The C3 performance is for the perfectionist who works hard and plays harder.

  • • 6W Class A XLR / 3W SE
    • ESS9038 DAC
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • XMOS USB DSD512
    • Upgradable opamps
    • 3 years warranty
  • Measurement

    Input impedance

    39 KOhms

    Frequency Response

    ± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz



    Output impedance (Headphone Amp) 0.5 Ohm

    Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out)

    1 Ohm / 25 Ohm


    Optical Toslink
    Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD (Qualcomm CSR8675)


    1 x XLR Preamp/DAC

    1 x RCA Preamp/DAC
    1 x 6.3mm Headphone
    1 x XLR Headphone
    Impedance (Headphone Jack) / Power XLR / SE
    16 Ohm 6 / 3W
    32 Ohm 3 / 1.5W
    100 Ohm 1 / 0.5W
    150 Ohm 660/330mW

    300 Ohm


    Signal to Noise Ratio / Separation
    96db 99%
    98db 99%
    95db 99%
    96db 99%



    DAC Spec
    Channel Separation 142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHz
    THD+N 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
    COAX & Toslink / SPDIF up to 24bit 192K
    Weight app. 3 kg
    Dimensions 200 X 250 X 60(mm)
    Asynchronous Isochronous USB Spec
    Desktop OS Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
    Desktop OS iOS* , Android (OTG support)
    PCM Support PCM ? 768kHz @ 16, 24 or 32bits
    Native DSD Native DSD 64 / 128 / 256 / 512
    DSD over PCM DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256/Dop512