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Burson Audio from Australia products have garnered a great reputation of delivering sound quality and value well beyond their prices. This is exactly what we look for at Underwood Hifi, great sounding reasonably priced products. Reviews have all been exceptional. Build quality is high and all reviews have been great.


Conductor V2 Headphone amp with preamp
$999.00

 

Burson Audio is proud to announce the new Conductor V2 with superior sound and more power, setting a new benchmark in the reference class category. This is a major update from the Conductor Virtuoso (V1) and original Soloist.

Thanks to a new high density winding technique, the new power transformers that support the headphone amp and preamp section are able to output twice as much power as the Conductor V1.
 


Conductor V2+ Preamp/DAC with headphone amp

$1495 ESS9018

The 2015 updated Conductor Virtuoso is Burson's best Preamp/DAC/HP amp. It offers state of the art performance and exceptional value. It uses the exceptional Soloist headphone amp with 4wpc and will drive any headphone that we are aware of. It adds 2 DAC choices. The Burr Brown PCM1793 at $1495.00 or the state of the art ESS Sabre 32 bit 9018 at $1495.00. The preamp is exceptional and can act as the center of a high quality speaker based or headphone system. The volume control is a precision 100 steps attenuator for superb inter channel balance and imaging. It has 2 line level inputs as well as 3 digital inputs, coaxial, optical and Asynchronous USB with ultra low jitter clock. Circuitry is fully discrete with a Class A symmetrical FET input stage.

In their Nov. 2013 issue of Hi-Fi +, Chief Editor Alan Sircom had this to say about the Conductor and Timekeeper.

Conductor the head-amp:

"it’s damn fantastic...Those three little settings on the front panel make this headphone amp a more universal design."

"This has to be one of the most honest, natural and deep-down ‘right’ sounding headphone amplifiers out there."

"It has the kind of transparency we all crave, but without the characteristic ‘shiny’ or alternately ‘dark’ sound that most good headphone amps seem to bestow on the music".

Conductor the DAC:

"It has extracted a stunning performance from a well-known digital converter (SABRE32/ESS9018), adding a sense of musical flow and rhythm to its already noted detail and air. There’s an unpretentious sense of insight into the sound and the music that works wonders..."

"meaningless, but in the embrace of the Burson, sounds memorable, moving and makes me wish I spent moretime practicing my guitar."

Conductor the Preamp:

"The sound is full and detailed, putting the music slightly in front of the loudspeakers in imaging terms, but never is it an ‘upfront’ sound. It’s just good. If sheer laziness puts you off though...a real revelation. "

Conductor Features

  • Fully discrete circuitry
  • Fully symmetrical FET input stage
  • Pure Class A operation
  • Quality components
    • ELNA Slimic 2
    • DALE military graded resistors
    • Low noise toroidal transformers
  • 3 levels VOS output stage
    • Pre Amp: 7 - 18db
    • Headphone Amp: 0.18W - 4W
  • Perfect control for any headphone and speaker system
  • 24bit 192K USB Asynchronous Transfer USB Receiver
    • Tenor TE8802 chipset with dedicated low noise
    • Power supply
    • Low jitter clock
  • 32bit ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC
    • Tailored FET Output Stage
    • Low Jitter Clock
  • Full Function Pre Amp & DAC
    • 2 x line level RCA inputs
    • 3 x digital inputs
    • Direct DAC line cout
    • Variable Pre Amp out

 

Conductor V2+ Specifications

Measurement
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 Specification
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

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

Timekeeper Virtuoso 100wpc stereo/300 watt mono power amplifier
$2,999.00

The new Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso power amplifier is an 100 watts per channel (8 ohms) stereo amp that does 300 watts in mono. It is a fully discrete Class A/B design with minimal devices as is the Burson philosophy. Consistent with their less is more philosophy, the Timekeeper employs a new symmetrical bipolar transistor voltage gain stage. It is powered by a customized transformer delivering 100W RMS@ 8 ohms, 200 watts @4 ohms and 350 watts @ 2 ohms. With its large power reserve, the Timekeeper is capable of achieving 300 at 8 ohms in mono and 600 watts at 4 ohms in mono which ensures absolute control with the finest micro details audible at all times.

The Timekeeper accepts both RCA and XLR input signals when operating in Bridge Mode. This ensures that any source component and not just those with XLR output can take advantage of this configuration.