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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 

Burson Conductor 3

The Best DAC / Headphone Amp / Preamp

Being the best of its time. This has been the sole design goal of each Burson Conductor since 2007. The C3 Reference took 3 years to built and it leaves the competition for dust.

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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 customised 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.

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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, analouge left and analouge right are all separately powered.

The Cool Case

Let’s face it, most audio equipment cases are ugly and impractical. They usually have visible screws everywhere, sharp corners and boring colours. Class-A amplifiers even have finger cutting heat-sinks! They diminish the aesthetic of any living space especially modern desktops where every other electronic is slick and refined.

Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey. The Cool Case [+] has only 4 visible screws under its belly. It is also a unified heat-sink that is 300% more efficient than previous Conductors. It is audio jewellery at its finest and It looks and plays very cool.

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Smooth Control

The all-new OLED screen and interface program deliver a calming and intuitive user experience. Its machined solid aluminum knob offers the fines control and feels luxurious.

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The Sound

The first and most profound impression of the C3 Reference is its overwhelming energy. It energises every note and space in between, bringing absolute control and accuracy. Drum kicks hard and crisp while decays sustaining and packed with micro-details. Listening to Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera and you can easily locate and follow each performer as they move around on a wide and deep stage. Kathy’s Song by Eva Cassidy. Her voice shines like the sun. Warm, golden and eternally beautiful. The C3 Reference is a time machine. Ride it to revisit these ingenious creations of beauty time after time.

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MeasurementPackage Content
Input impedance: 40 KOhmsConductor V3 Ref.
Model # R180
USB Cable
Frequency response:± 1 dB 0 – 58KhzRemote ControlWarranty Card
THD: <0.0015%RCA Cable24V Power Unit
Output impedance (Headphone Amp):0.5 OhmPower Cable
Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out): 1 Ohm / 25 Ohm
General
Inputs: 2 x RCA line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphoneWeight: app. 5 kg
Outputs:1 x RCA Pre Amp, 1 X Line Level DAC Out, 2 x 6.3mm Headphone JackDimensions: 255mm x 270mm x 70mm
Impedance (Headphone Jack)PowerSignal to Noise Ratio Separation
16 Ohm7.5W95db99%
32 Ohm5W97db99%
100 Ohm1.75W94db99%
150 Ohm1.16W95db99%
300 Ohm0.58W95db99.5%
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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