Burson Audio Conductor 3X Performance Headphone Amp / DAC / Preamp

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  • Brand: Burson Audio
  • Product Code: Conductor 3X Performance

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  • $1,344.00

  • $1,399.00


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Some DAC/Amps claim to give you the front row experience in exchange for less soundstage. Others promise a 3D soundstage in trade for fewer details. The Conductor simply gives you everything in the recording, without sugar-coating, the good and sometimes the ugly. You can locate a tapping foot on the stage while enjoying that lingering vibration of air after a keystroke.

Advanced Digital

The Conductor uses the SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips, the most advanced and expensive in the industry. Its Customised USB driver by Thesycon Germany ensures low latency bit-perfect audio playback. The result is incredible processing power, accurately playing back DSD512 and 38bit/786khz audio.

It also features a Qualcomm/CSR8675 Bluetooth 5.0 receiver. Playing back at 24bit/96khz with aptX HD audio codec. , it pushes sound quality and ease of use to the highest level.

Max Current Power Supply

The Conductor Performance features the same Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) that has made the Conductor Reference legendary.

A technology developed, owned and used exclusively by Burson Audio, the MCPS raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. It completely overcomings the disadvantages of both linear power supplies and conventional switching power supplies, resulting in incredible dynamic and micro-details.

The Cool Case

We like to turn Class-A amplifiers from monsters with heat-fins into elegant, desktop-friendly machines, and we do it through the Cool Case. Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey, the Cool Case is a unified heat-sink keeping the Class-A Conductor cool and optimised. Critics such as Headfonics called it “the new standard” in the audio industry.

Having a footprint that is 30% less than the Conductor Reference and a volume similar to a lunch box, it is beautiful but unobstructive. Take it to work, and no one will raise an eyebrow.

Opamp Rolling Fun

The Conductor Performance comes with Burson V6 Vivid discrete opamps. But don’t let us or anyone dictate your listening experience. The Conductor encourages opamp rolling with gold plated DIP8 sockets along its signal path. With hundreds of audio opamps out there, you have the freedom to tailor your listening experience to your preference.

The Sound

While our Conductor Reference is like Huge Jackman in Kate and Leopold, the completed package, the Conductor Performance is the shredded Wolverine. It’s still him but stripped down! Power and total control of that power will be the overwhelming first impression. It energises every note and space in between, bringing accuracy and micro-details. The C3 performance is for the perfectionist who works hard and plays harder.


Model

Dimensions (mm)

Digital

Analogue

Power Supply

Conductor 3XP

200 X 250 X 60

ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1

6Wpc XLR / 3Wpc SE

MCPS X 3

 

Measurement

Package Content

Input impedance:

39 KOhms

USB Cable

Frequency response:

± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz

Remote Control

OTG Adoptor

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

General

Inputs:

USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone

Weight:

app. 3 kg

Outputs:

1 x XLR Preamp/DAC
1 x RCA Preamp/DAC
1 x 6.3mm Headphone
1 x XLR Headphone

Dimensions:

200 X 250 X 60mm

Impedance (Headphone Jack)

Power XLR / SE

Signal to Noise Ratio

Separation

16 Ohm

6 / 3W

96db

99%

32 Ohm

3 / 1.5W

98db

99%

100 Ohm

1 / 0.5W

95db

99%

150 Ohm

660/330mW

96db

99%

300 Ohm

330/115mW

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