About Burson

Burson Audio is challenging the conventional and pushing the boundaries of audio excellence through innovation. A decade ago, we argued against using IC opamps on the audio signal path. Today, our discrete audio opamps are industry benchmarks. [+] Learn More

In 2017, we had a breakthrough in power supply research. It led to the development of our proprietary Max Current Power Supply (MCPS). Superior to both transformer-based and conventional switching power supply designs, the MCPS is featured in all Burson products, winning awards and leaving competitors in the dust. [+] Learn More 

We don’t advertise, buy reviews, nor attend trade-shows, and we certainly don’t markup prices to cover such costs. Instead, we build products that speak for themselves and build relationships directly with fellow audiophiles. We also work with selective, like-minded audio stores around the world which contributes to their local audio community.

Burson Conductor 3P

Intro

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 3 Performance 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.

Burson Conductor 3P

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 [+] Learn More 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.

Burson Conductor 3P

The 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. [+] Learn More

Burson Conductor 3P

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. [+] Learn More

Burson Conductor 3P

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.  [+] Learn More

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.

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MeasurementPackage Content
Input impedance: 38 KOhmsConductor 3 Performance.
Model # M180
USB Cable
Frequency response:± 1 dB 0 – 58KhzRemote ControlOTG Adoptor
THD: <0.0017%RCA Cable24V Power Unit
Output impedance (Headphone Amp):0.6 OhmPower Cable
Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out): 1 Ohm / 25 Ohm
General
Inputs: USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphoneWeight: app. 3 kg
Outputs:1 x RCA Pre Amp
1 X RCA Line Level DAC
1 x 6.3mm Headphone
Dimensions: 200 X 250 X 60(mm)
Impedance (Headphone Jack)PowerSignal to Noise Ratio Separation
16 Ohm4W95db99%
32 Ohm2W97db99%
100 Ohm640mW94db99%
150 Ohm420mW95db99%
300 Ohm160mW95db99.5%
DAC SpecAsynchronous Isochronous USB Spec
Channel Separation: 142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHzDesktop OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
THD+N: 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFSDesktop OS: iOS* , Android (OTG support)
COAX & Toslink / SPDIF : up to 24bit 192KPCM Support:PCM ? 768kHz @ 16, 24 or 32bits
Native DSD:Native DSD 64 / 128 / 256 / 512
Bluetooth InputBluetooth 5.0 aptX HD (Qualcomm CSR8675)DSD over PCM: DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256/Dop512
ModelRetail PriceDimensions (mm)DigitalAnaloguePower SupplyOthers
Conductor 3XR2,199USD255 x 270 x 70ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2
7.5Wpc XLR / 3.5Wpc SE
MCPS X 5Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3R1,799USD255 x 270 x 70ESS9038Q2M DAC X 27.5Wpc SEMCPS X 5Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3XP1,399USD200 X 250 X 60ESS9038Q2M DAC X 16Wpc XLR / 3Wpc SEMCPS X 3
Conductor 3P1,099USD200 X 250 X 60ESS9038Q2M DAC X 14Wpc SEMCPS X 3

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