Burson Conductor 3 Reference Headphone Amplifier & DAC

Burson Audio

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The Best DAC / Headphone Amp / Preamp
Being the best of its time. This has been the sole design goal of each Burson Conductor since 2007. The C3 Reference took 3 years to built and it leaves the competition for dust.

  • The Sound
    The first and most profound impression of the C3 Reference is its overwhelming energy. It energises every note and space in between, bringing absolute control and accuracy. Drum kicks hard and crisp while decays sustaining and packed with micro-details. Listening to Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera and you can easily locate and follow each performer as they move around on a wide and deep stage. Kathy’s Song by Eva Cassidy. Her voice shines like the sun. Warm, golden and eternally beautiful. The C3 Reference is a time machine. Ride it to revisit these ingenious creations of beauty time after time.The entire circuitry has been redesigned based on our new V5 SS opamp which is the best sounding audio opamp in the world. While still a pure Class ­A designed with Field Effect Transistors, Conductor V2 fully utilize the two 70W transformers to output over 8200 mW per channel into 16ohm. It will comfortably drive the toughest headphone in the world while delicately handling the most sensitive.

    The PGA2310 is the flagship volume control chip offered by Texas Instruments. With an impressive dynamic range of 120dB and 0.0004 THD measurement, it is the go to solution for pro audio applications and broadcast studios, allowing for a 0.5dB per step of fine control to Conductor V2.

    Smooth Control
    The all-new OLED screen and interface program deliver a calming and intuitive user experience. Its machined solid aluminum knob offers the fines control and feels luxurious.

    With the PGA2310 the Conductor V2 operate smoothly and silently with no mechanical moving parts. It will serve you seamlessly for years to come!

  • Max Power X 5
    The Burson proprietary Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. Its low impedance ensures abundant and instant energy for output transistors. The C3 Reference uses 5 sets of MCPS: Which means, Display/Functionality, DAC, analouge left and analouge right are all separately powered. Learn More[+]

    The Cool Case
    Let’s face it, most audio equipment cases are ugly and impractical. They usually have visible screws everywhere, sharp corners and boring colours. Class-A amplifiers even have finger cutting heat-sinks! They diminish the aesthetic of any living space especially modern desktops where every other electronic is slick and refined.

    Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey. The Cool Case has only 4 visible screws under its belly. It is also a unified heat-sink that is 300% more efficient than previous Conductors. It is audio jewellery at its finest and It looks and plays very cool.

    Advanced Digital
    The SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips are the most advanced and expensive in the industry. There are two ESS9038 DAC chips in our C3 Reference and its USB receiver comes with customised driver by Thesycon, Germany. The result is unsurpassed processing power, perfectly playing back DSD512 and 38bit/786khz audio. The C3 Reference also features a Bluetooth 5.0 receiver (Qualcomm/CSR8675) with aptX HD audio codec. It pushes Bluetooth playback beyond CD quality and ease of use to the highest level.

  • Measurement Package Content
    Input impedance: 40 KOhms Conductor V3 USB Cable
    Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz Remote Control Warranty Card
    THD: <0.0015% RCA Cable
    Input impedance: >8.5K Ohm Power Cable
    Output impedance (Headphone Amp): 0.5 Ohm
    Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out): 1 Ohm / 25 Ohm General
    Inputs: 2 x RCA line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone Weight: app. 5 kg
    Outputs: 1 x RCA Pre Amp, 1 X Line Level DAC Out, 2 x 6.3mm Headphone Jack Dimensions: 255mm x 270mm x 70mm
    Impedance (Headphone Jack) Power Signal to Noise Ratio Separation
    16 Ohm 7.5W 95db 99%
    32 Ohm 5W 97db 99%
    100 Ohm 1.75W 94db 99%
    150 Ohm 1.16W 95db 99%
    300 Ohm 0.58W 95db 99.5%
    DAC Spec Asynchronous Isochronous USB Spec
    Channel Separation: 142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHz Desktop OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
    THD+N: 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS Desktop OS: iOS* , Android (OTG support)
    COAX & Toslink / SPDIF : up to 24bit 192K PCM Support: PCM ? 768kHz @ 16, 24 or 32bits
    Native DSD: Native DSD 64 / 128 / 256 / 512
    Bluetooth Input Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD (Qualcomm CSR8675) DSD over PCM: DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256/Dop512