Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp with DAC 9018


  • Brand: Burson Audio
  • Product Code: Conductor Virtuoso with DAC 9018 Used
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  • $999.99

  • $2,000.00

Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp with DAC 9018



The Conductor Virtuoso
The Conductor Virtuoso is a USB DAC, Headphone Amp and Preamplifier. Most enthusiasts use its DAC and amplifier to drive their prized headphones with one beautifully-built, modestly-priced component. With over 4 watts of power on tap the Conductor Virtuoso will drive any headphone with ease. The Conductor Virtuoso’s headphone amp section is essentially the Soloist which reviewers have raved about. Or use the Conductor Virtuoso’s preamp functions to make it the center of a headphone and speaker-based desktop system with headphone option.
How Virtuoso is it?
Burson has significantly upgraded and refined previous generations of the Conductor. There are now a stunning 100-steps of volume control with a new, easy-to-read display. When the Conductor Virtuoso is on the volume indicators appear on the face of the thick, antiresonant aluminium front plate.
You can choose from two interchangeable DAC boards with different sonic characteristics and the modular design makes for no-fuss upgrades. As always, Burson eschews densely-packed opamps and designs all discrete circuitry for superior tonality, clarity and a lower noise floor.
The remote control is worthy of the Burson badge, carved from solid aluminium with no visible screws. The touch and feel of Burson products matches their irresistible sound that pulls you into the music in a visceral, exciting way.
Cleaner Power Means Higher Resolution
Ever notice how your system sounds better in the evening or weekends?
The Vault
Sometimes called the Vault by our customers, the 6mm Resonance Free Aluminum (RFA) enclosures are constructed from precision-machined panels.
One of the Conductor Virtuoso’s two optional boards had to be the best DAC chip on the market regardless of cost. Right now the best is the ESS SABRE32 DAC with 32-bit Hyper-stream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Elimination technology.
Custom Burson circuitry pushes the SABRE32 to its limits and raises the bar for transparent and refined sound. A new FET (Field Effect Transistor) output stage delivers the full potential the SABRE32 is capable of. The 9018 DAC’s output stage is vibrant, dynamic and open with only 20 carefully-selected and matched components in the signal path,
We consider the 9018 as the ultimate DAC board for the Conductor Virtuoso, and it makes a well-defined and logical upgrade for any Conductor equipped with the excellent Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC.
Sonic characteristics include greater resolution, better top-end extension and openness, greater bottom-end weight and control, and explosive dynamics with a clarity and transparency that will weld your bottom end to the listening chair.