Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp
with DAC 9018
PREOWNED - SILVER
- INCLUDES ORIGINAL REMOTE, POWER CORD
INSTALLED WITH THE 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
Sometimes called the Vault by our customers, the 6mm
Resonance Free Aluminum (RFA) enclosures are constructed from
ESS9018 DAC BOARD
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.