Excellent DAC/Amp combo. Super transparent, powerful and an excellent articulate soundstage. Top shelf unit. This is my headphone source of choice for mastering records.
Nice amplifier. The frequency response is very transparent and clear (flat). Theres is no coloration of the sound. It gives you all the sounds or song as it is intended. It's made with good craftsmanship. The interior is very neatly put together as well. Back to the sound, the Conductor 3x Reference is extremely powerful to deliver life to any headphone, regardless of the impedance. Audiophiles who cherish there Sennheiser HD-800s, Beyerdynamic T1, Audeze LCD, etc, you will have no problem with gain. It makes impedance look like a joke! The Burson is a catalyst to beautiful, blissful music or horrible recordings. What you make is what you get. I would recommend this amplifier to Audiophiles or music engineers who need an amplifier with precision, excellent detail and no extra coloration. The frequency response is neutral. As far as customer support, Burson has great customer support for its warranty items if anything goes wrong.
Couldn't be happier. Inspired by the impressive output of my Conductor 3X Performance that I use in my secondary system, I bought the Reference to replace the DAC/amp in my primary system. In an A/B test compared to the already stellar C3XP, I was thrilled to verify that the Reference showed itself as certainly a worthwhile upgrade over the C3XP. All the qualities that I love about the C3XP - the incredible detail retrieval, fantastic imaging and layering, vocal clarity, neutral sound, the great soundstage, the low noise floor, everything was just...more: more expansive, more vibrant, more realistic with the Reference in every sense. Also all of these qualities were presented more effortlessly on a much bigger soundstage. The ease with which it produces such a stunning musical reproduction was remarkable. It is an incredible experience and a lovely way to escape.
Also similar to the C3XP, the build is beautiful and highly functional. The stock USB cable with both devices has been reliable. I may try upgrading the cables in the future just to see if I can retrieve a little more detail, but I don’t feel like I am missing anything at this point. It’s just so good.
This was my second purchase with Bloom Audio, and they continue to surprise and delight with astonishingly high levels of customer service. It is a joy to work with this company.