The Burson Conductor 3X 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
The Conductor 3X is for those who go all the way. Fully balanced with one DAC chip per channel. Pure Class-A and fully discrete with top quality components throughout, including Neutrik XLR connectors, the C3X is the perfect command center for any XLR audio systems.
The C3X achieves an even lower signal-to-noise ratio, revealing amazing micro-dynamics, the stuff that makes music magical. Furthermore, by going fully balanced, the C3X achieves ultra-low output impedance, making it the perfect preamp for any power amplifier. Its balanced headphone output delivers 7.5W per channel while its half-the-power single-ended output is still powerful enough to drive any headphones with ease.
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
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, analogue left and analogue right are all separately powered.
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.
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.
Through a quieter, darker background, micro-dynamics propels forward by the sheer energy of the Conductor 3X. It lets you dive even deeper into the miracle we called music.
When listening to Sinner’s Prayer by Ray Charles and B.B. King. Ray’s authentic vocal dramatics, frail yet still capable of true emotion and flashes of fire like a dimming star mixing with King’s stinging guitar and barking vocals Two partners in soul and titans of music, trying to top each other, ripping the joint apart and put it back together again, competitive yet completely in tune and sharing their love for music. A perfect balance of soul, love and heart displaying in full glory.
|Input impedance:||40 KOhms||Conductor V3X Ref.
Model # R180X
|Frequency response:||± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz||Remote Control||Warranty Card|
|THD:||<0.0015%||Power Cable||24V Power Unit|
|Output impedance (Headphone Amp):||0.5 Ohm|
|Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out):||1 Ohm / 25 Ohm|
|Inputs:||2 x XLR line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone||Weight:||app. 5 kg|
|Outputs:||1 x XLR Pre Amp, 1 X Line Level DAC Out, 1 x 6.3mm & 1 x XLR Headphone Jack||Dimensions:||255mm x 270mm x 70mm|
|Impedance (Headphone Jack)||Power XLR / SE||Signal to Noise Ratio||Separation|
|16 Ohm||7.5 / 3.75W||96db||99%|
|32 Ohm||5 / 2.5W||98db||99%|
|100 Ohm||1.75 / 0.88W||95db||99%|
|150 Ohm||1.16 0.58W||96db||99%|
|300 Ohm||0.58 / 0.3W||96db||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|
Conductor 3 Comparison
|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|
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
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.