Audeze LCD-X with Virtuoso Headphone Amp USB DAC by Giusseppe

Great amp that seems to be made for a great headphone such as Audeze LCD-X!

They have been run in together and, day after day, the sound is continuously improving.
Now, after more then 300 hours of playing, bass are tight, mids are present and highs are silky.

Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso Headphone Amp USB DAC – ESS9018 SABRE32

Great job at Burson!


Audio Note AN-E SPe Speakers with Timekeeper power amplifier

I purchased the conductor last year and been using it with my headphones until this January 2015.

I now have also a Timekeeper power amplifier, and this Burson Conductor + Timekeeper setup works surprisingly well driving the Audio Note high efficiency AN-E SPe speakers. (97db)

In fact I don’t use anymore my pair of 300B Set AudioNote Conquest Silver Amplifiers!

The sound is very fluid and dynamic, Holographic and detailed , and the musical result is just amazing.
I was planning it change the speakers since I was not at all expecting that result !
Now I definitely keep the AudioNote AN-E SPe speakers, I think this is worthwhile to mention to inform your future customers.

Digital sources
-Apple TV via optical
-Apple Macbook air / Audirvana Software via USB
-Consonance CD 120 via Coax.

Analog sources
-Mitchell Gyrodec/SME/Benz micro via Etalon preamp
-Revox A77 and Nakamichi 600 alternatively

Congratulations to the team for your Designs and also the quality of Manufacture.

Best Regards
Jean-Michel Q.

HD800 with Conductor Headphone amplifier USB DAC

My Burson Conductor headphone amplifier USB Dac is connected to my iMac (27-inch Late 2009)
Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory 8 GB
Running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2

I am running Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones.

The conductor is simply connected to my computer via USB port. The sound is incredible!


Audeze LCD-3 with Conductor Headphone amp USB/DAC

My impressions:

As it is for any quality piece of audio equipment a little time for trial and testing to find the Goldilocks combination for the Conductor Headphone amp USB/DAC was necessary and I believe we’re nearly there now. Break-in time was not bad, about a month and the Conductor was stable and clear to where outside improvements could be heard and assessed.

Clean power is the bedrock to start building from. It is fundamental to making any audio equipment perform. You cannot have a spectacular garden if it is cluttered with weeds. After trying out several brands, the competition winnowed down to the Shunyata Digital series and Oyaide’s Black mamba Sigma. If you have lots of money, go Shunyata, otherwise stick with the Black mamba Sigma. Both provide increased black level and soundstage.
From my music server to the Conductor’s USB port the candidate’s quickly emerged to be WireWorld’s Starlight series (I’m using the Platinum 7) but the Silver Starlight 7 is close. These are quiet transparent cables. Behind them was AudioQuests Coffee and Carbon. Between these candidates, it boils down to pure human preference. All of them provided a jitter-free nearly invisible connection from source.

Using a CD player I went with my old standby Meridian 508, these things are tanks. It is placed in my setup to feed digital information to the Conductor’s digital coax input. My pick, hands down was the Kimber D-60 no other digital cable came close. I like to compare a CD to its digital cousins, here the Conductor really shines, and there were instances where the CD won out and other cases where the Hi-Resolution counterpart takes the prize. It was not clear-cut one way or the other.
I tossed my Exemplar Audio modded Oppo T105 in for comparison. This player usually sits within my main room setup but I wanted to find out if it made a difference. As an analogue input yes, digitally no, why waste the Conductor’s Headphone amp USB/DAC design if you are going use it only as a headphone amp. Cables used: Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference.
Between the two sets of DAC’s I felt the T105 was in the lead for imaging and soundstage. Here is one of those places where price difference did not provide a commensurate return in sound

I needed to produce a custom multi-alloy cable to achieve the correct sonic balance for the Audeze LCD-3. Their stock cable was much too dark and unrevealing. Silver only cables came out too bright, having a lack of fullness. My philosophy with cables solid conductors, isolation and fast energy drainage. Long story – short, a lot of Kapton within an outer cotton sleeve. If you want to know particulars simply ask, otherwise I will not bother you further with this process.

My preference is the Conductor in combination with the LCD-3 to the Sennheiser HD800. Presently I’m waiting on an opportunity to audition the Hifiman HE-1000 headphones for more comparison. I’m very pleased with the open deep soundstage, revealing performance details the Conductor / LCD-3 provides. The sound is not fatiguing as I have encountered with Amp’s from your competition. The Conductor runs very cool and quiet; it acts as it should a wire with gain (amplification).

Daryl C.

Audeze LCD-XC with Conductor Headphone amp USB DAC

This is my brand new Conductor Headphone amp USB DAC after running for only one hour with a pair of Audeze LCD-XC headphones but I can already see the potential for this little beauty an exceptional product.

I went backward and forward as to what to buy and finally chose the Burson with the Audeze’s the other items are Jeff Rowland power and preamps and Martin Logan loudspeakers and A Mac Mini.

Denis O.

AKG K702 65th Anniversary with Burson Conductor USB Dac/Amp

When I got the k702 65th, I had started to find the DAC and amp for this mine favorite. Before i bought the Burson Conductor USB Dac/Amp from, I used Audinst hud-mx2 (with high gian mode).It could give a comfortable sound, but it can’t present the enough soundstage. The position is not good for me when i listening classical music. So I started to find a new amp.

At begin, I tried the Schiit’s amp, ex. Vallhada, Lyr. Some website suggest these amps could drive the k702 well, but when i tried them, i found they give me too much warm sound, I think that caused by the OTL tube. and the low frequency is too much for me. besides above reason, Heat also would be a concern.

When I try the Soloist headphone amp, i found it sound is good for me. i like the presentation of soundstage, position and the sound image. But i also concern if i use hud-mx2 as dac, would Soloist give the same sound?

So, after trying the Burson Conductor USB Dac/Amp, I was convinced.

Conductor Headphone amp/Dac with Sennheiser HD800 & Audeze LCD2

I just wanted you guys to know that I’m a fan of your work and have recently added the Conductor headphone amp/Dac to my Burson stable. The HA-160 and DA-160 were my 1st Burson purchases and they did not disappoint. I took a chance getting the “twins” as none of my audiophile friends had ever heard of Burson. Now whenever I go on vacation they all want to house sit so they can experience what I do on a daily basis.

The twins or shall I say triplets (if I include the AB-160) rest squarely upon the shoulders of their younger but albeit stronger sibling the Conductor. My HD800’s and LCD 2.2 have no issues whatsoever being driven to their maximum potential.
The sheer amount of connectivity and listening options I have with your products is why solid state done right in other words Burson wins hands down in any fight!

Keep up the good work!