Burson Audio Conductor 3X Grand Tourer Headphone Amp / XLR DAC / Preamp

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  • Brand: Burson Audio
  • Product Code: Conductor 3X Grand Tourer

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  • $2,999.00


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Our flagship DAC / head-amp / preamp all-in-one

The Conductor 3X GT takes that unique Burson house sound further with a new output stage for its dual ESS9038 DACs.

A new feedback based gain control allows this GT to max out at 10 Watts yet matches with even more headphones.

With so many functionalities and refinement, you will never want to add another machine to your desktop.

Using what we have learned from the Soloist GT and more, we are making the Conductor GT epic!

Not all DACs sound the same

These days, DACs from different brands can sound identical if they use the same DAC chip.

This is because they use the same (publicly available) standard circuitry DAC chip makers provide. This approach reduces R&D time, cost and risk. These DACs also use similar parts, opamps, power supplies and working voltage. The resulting sound is unavoidably generic.

In the Conductor GT, we tailored a new output stage to utilise the wide bandwidth of our Vivid opamps. When combined with our proprietary Max Current Power Supply, the GT takes our unique house sound to a new level with even more details in every note.

Advanced Digital

Its digital interface is the most advanced and comprehensive, from its XMOS USB receiver to its Qualcomm Bluetooth module. 

With a customised driver by Thesycon, Germany, its Xmos USB receiver has unsurpassed processing power and accuracy, perfectly streaming DSD512 and 32bit/768khz audio.

It also features a Bluetooth 5.0 receiver Qualcomm/CSR8675 [+] with an aptX HD audio & LDAC codec. It pushes Bluetooth playback beyond CD quality and ease of use to the highest level.

Smooth Control

The all-new OLED screen and interface program deliver a calming and intuitive user experience. Its machined solid aluminium knob, in GT red, offers the most delicate control and feels luxurious.

Powering the GT

The thumping heart of the Conductor GT is 5 sets of Burson Max Current Power Supplies. We are pushing these MCPS to the limits of their potential. So much so that they consume 90W when idle and need active cooling.

Although spitting out 10 Watts, the GT is not tracing power. Instead, it pursuits purity!

Go to your Roon!

Roon is the most popular streaming and HD music management platform for audiophiles. Burson is part of this fantastic ecosystem.

Our DACs are Roon Tested, and they seamlessly connect with any 3rd party Roon Ready audio streamers.Advanced Digital

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.

GT Cool.

Our Burson Cool Case is already the most oversized heat sink on any headphone amp. Still, we adopted active cooling for the GT.

With every component operating in a predetermined temperature range, independent of the environment, active cooling gives us the freedom to push the GT to its performance limit.

Combining its resonance-free enclosure with the quietest fan money can buy from Noctua in Austria, the GT is quieter than the background ambience of your music.

Fully Differential Audio Paths

The V6 Vivid discrete opamps are wildly regarded as the best and used in countless recording studios.

The Conductor GT uses 6 Vivid opamps in its fully differential output stage, achieving incredible transparency.

However, it still plays to your preference by allowing opamps to change, enabling you to create your own listening experience.

Head+Sub Mode. Say what!?

We feel sound as much as we hear sound. Before the invention of headphones, music listening has always been a full-body experience.

It’s not just what your ears can hear but all the energy that your body feels that move the soul.

Headphone listening goes to a new level with a carefully matched and placed subwoofer. The GT enables this experience with its Head+Sub mode.

Who drives this GT?

Life-style used to be a dirty word in the world of audiophiles. Not anymore! The Conductor GT is the ultimate all-in-one, and it proves that something so easy to use can perform at the highest level.

We are making it beautiful to look at but easy to ignore so you can focus on what it is all about – experiencing music!

The Sound

Through a quieter, darker background, microdynamics 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.


Measurement

Package Content

Input impedance:

40 KOhms

Conductor V3X GT
Model # R181X

USB Cable

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

General

Inputs:

2 x XLR line-level input, 2 x RCA line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone

Weight:

app. 5 kg

Outputs:

1 x XLR/RCA  Pre Amp/Line-Level DAC Out, 1x Subwoofer Pre Amp, 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

10/ 5W

112db

99%

32 Ohm

8/ 4W

110db

99%

100 Ohm

3.8 / 1.9W

111db

99%

150 Ohm

1.3/ 0.65W

110db

99%

300 Ohm

0.64 / 0.32W

109db

99.50%

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