Burson Conductor 3 Reference | Headphone Amp, DAC, and Preamp

Regular price $1,744.00 Sale price $1,395.00 Save 20%
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Our Take

The Burson Conductor 3 Reference is a powerful headphone amp and DAC with a clear, natural output that enhances the soundstage on your headphones to massive proportions. The wide range of connectivity options means that it can fit into just about any Hi-Fi personal audio setup.

From Burson Audio

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.

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 customized 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.

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, analog left and analog right are all separately powered.

Burson Conductor 3 Reference

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 colors. 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 aluminum 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 jewelry at its finest and It looks and plays very cool.

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.

The Sound

The first and most profound impression of the C3 Reference is its overwhelming energy. It energizes 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.

User Manual

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

Output impedance (Headphone Amp):

0.5 Ohm

Power Cable

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

 

Model Retail Price Dimensions (mm) Digital Analogue Power Supply Others
Conductor 3XR 2,199USD 255 x 270 x 70 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2
7.5Wpc XLR / 3.5Wpc SE
MCPS X 5 Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3R 1,799USD 255 x 270 x 70 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2 7.5Wpc SE MCPS X 5 Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3XP 1,399USD 200 X 250 X 60 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1 6Wpc XLR / 3Wpc SE MCPS X 3
Conductor 3P 1,099USD 200 X 250 X 60 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1 4Wpc SE MCPS X 3

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