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Teac UD-501 DAC Burson V6 Vivid Opamp

So I purchased the 2 V6 Vivid Dual Opamp for my Teac UD-501. I wasn’t very happy with the Teac and was thinking to start looking for a new DAC. But before spending thousands of $ a new DAC, I decided to give the Burson Opamp (200$ Canadian) a try. After watching a couple of youtube videos, I decided to do the installation by myself. It was fairly easy. I was blown away by sound difference using my Grado SR80 headphones. Much more details/clarity in the music, tighter bass, much better soundstage. I am now at 48 hours of break in… I cannot say they sound different than the first hour of try out. I phased out 2 nights ago at one point listening to Pink Floyd’s The Wall album, and nearly had a small panic attack… at the end of one track, you can ear kids playing in the background… I jumped out of my chair thinking it was real, right beside me… that is how much more precise the v6 Vivid are. I’ve been using the Audirvana software for a while now with my Teac UD-501. Because I wasn’t happy with the sound, I was using the software to upsample my music, in sOx or Izotope mode to get the best out my system. It was better, but wasn’t quite happy. Now, with the V6 Vivid, I’m letting the hardware (dac) do the upsampling, and all software upsampling options are closed. It just sounds much better that way. My only disappointment was when I decided to try this out with my home system. I own some Martin Logan Motion 40s, via a Van Alstine UltraValve Amp and Transcendence RB10 pre-amp. The V6 Vivid Opamp added a little something, but not enough to be able to really ear a difference. I still find that some clarity/details is missing, particularly with voices. Maybe the V6 Classic would of been a better option. I’m happy I gave the Vivid V6 a try, but I’m not ready to spend more just to try out the Classics.

Cambridge DacMagic 100 Burson V5i Opamp upgrade

The DacMagic 100 has a standard NE5532 installed. The sound is OK but somehow unspectacular. Somewhat difficult was the installation of the SOP8 to DIP8 adapter. After replacing the NE5532 with the V5i, the DacMagic is unrecognizable. The complete sound is more precise, more open. Instruments are better recognized. The sound stage is wider and deeper. Equipping the DacMagic 100 with the V5i was one of the best decisions, taking the DAC to a new level. Thank you, Burson.

Burson Playmate & Swing firmware update program

As you know, we have recently released a new driver for the Playmate and Swing.


Below are facts relating to this driver.

* It only applies to Playmate and Swing purchased after the 20th of May, 2019. It does not apply to other Burson products.

* It is not needed in Mac OSX systems.

For Playmate and Swing purchased prior to the 20th of May, 2019

* ‘v4.59.0_2019-04-02’ does not work without a corresponding firmware update.

* Please continue to rely on Win10 to auto-detect your unit or install ‘Xmos-USB-(Win8+).rar’ if you are not using Win 10.

* This driver update is not compulsory and it is not designed to “patch” any faults.

* If you are keen to try ‘v4.59.0_2019-04-02’ then we offer a memory chip with the new firmware installed free of charge. (with a 20USD postage and handling)

How to obtain and install the memory chip.

* Please use this link below to purchase the chip at 20USD including delivery.

* Once received, desolder the existing chip from the USB receiver module and solder the new one in.

* Then install Burson_UsbAudio_v4.59.0_2019-04-02_setup.exe

* As it involves surface soldering, please only attempt this modification if you are skilled or have access to professional assistance. Your local mobile phone repair can certainly do this within 5 minutes.