Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC1 | ESS9018 DAC and Headphone Preamp

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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    Team Burson

    The less the equipment tampers with the music, the greater the music becomes. This has been the core design philosophy of Burson Audio since 1996. If the equipment is honest and transparent then the proper tempo, dynamics and tone will materialize as a natural expression of the music and it becomes unnecessary to flavor the original sound. We believe that this ideal can never be achieved through standard circuitry building blocks such as opamps, IC regulators or even standard transformers. Instead we work towards this ideal through the research and development of customized solid state circuitries that are developed specifically to suit our applications. Only then will each and every component involved be pushed to their performance peak. And only then will the end result be consistent with our idealism.

Details from Burson Audio

    The Conductor Virtuoso

    The Conductor Virtuoso is a USB DAC, Headphone Amp and Preamplifier. Most enthusiasts use its DAC and amplifier to drive their prized headphones with one beautifully–built, modestly–priced component. With over 4 watts of power on tap the Conductor Virtuoso will drive any headphone with ease. The Conductor Virtuoso's headphone amp section is essentially the Soloist which reviewers have raved about. Or use the Conductor Virtuoso's preamp functions to make it the center of a headphone and speaker–based desktop system with headphone option.

    How Virtuoso Is It?

    Burson has significantly upgraded and refined previous generations of the Conductor. There are now a stunning 100–steps of volume control with a new, easy–to–read display. When the Conductor Virtuoso is on the volume indicators appear on the face of the thick, antiresonant aluminium front plate.

    ESS SABRE32 DAC On Board

    Conductor Virtuoso's on board chipset had to be the best DAC processor on the market regardless of cost. Currently this title is held by the ESS SABRE32 DAC, with 32–bit Hyper–stream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Elimination technology. Burson circuitry pushes the SABRE32 to its limits and raises the bar for transparent and refined sound. A new FET (Field Effect Transistor) output stage delivers the full potential the SABRE32 is capable of. The 9018 DAC's output stage is vibrant, dynamic and open with only 20 carefully–selected and matched components in the signal path.

    We consider the 9018 as the ultimate DAC board for the Conductor Virtuoso, and it makes a well–defined and logical upgrade for any Conductor equipped with the excellent Burr Brown PCM1793 DAC. Sonic characteristics include greater resolution, better top–end extension and openness, greater bottom–end weight and control, and explosive dynamics with a clarity and transparency that will weld your bottom end to the listening chair.

    Cleaner Power Means Higher Resolution

    Ever notice how your system sounds better in the evening or weekends? Burson is the difference between hearing music and experiencing it. Burson Audio is a mark of quality build, thoughtful circuit design, value for money and elegant, engaging sound. Burson makes products for the world we live in where space is limited yet headphone aficionados and desktop audio system enthusiasts expect top performance at reasonable prices. If you're considering the purchase of a Burson product like the Soloist or the Conductor Virtuoso then we already have an existing relationship. You're clearly as passionate about the experience of music as we are, and like all headphilers, you want what's there but you want it better. You're why Burson Audio exists.

    The Bank Vault

    Sometimes called the Vault by our customers, the 6mm Resonance Free Aluminum (RFA) enclosures are constructed from precision–machined panels. Eight stainless steel bolts hold the enclosure together so it's virtually indestructible.

    Resonance Free 6mm Aluminum Enclosures

    We took great care to ensure the thickness of each wall varied from the others to increase the mechanical damping factor. The RFA enclosures display superior mechanical noise rejection (internal and external) compared to conventionally folded–steel enclosures used by many audio manufacturers.

    Optimizing Idle Current

    The geometry of the case and the precision of the enclosure's build allows the entire case to disperse heat very evenly so it acts like a large heat sink, something a steel–folded or thinly–built aluminium case can't match. The enclosure removes any need for big, unattractive heat sink fins and allows our components to be set at a high idle current. The results are lower distortion, higher output and improved dynamics.

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Features & Specs

OID
    1785662
UPC
    9346990000080
Manufacturer's Warranty
    5 Year Limited
Detailed Specifications
    Measurement
  • Input impedance: 36.5 KOhms
  • Frequency response: + 1 dB 0 – 50Khz
  • Signal to noise ratio: >94dB
  • THD: <0.03" at 30ohm with 1W ouput
  • Channel separation: >73dB
  • Output power: 4W at 16 Ohms
  • Input impedance: >8K Ohm @ 1W
  • Output impedance (Headphone Amp): 3 Ohm
  • Output impedance (Line Level): 30 Ohm
  • Power dissipation: 35W internal, regulated power supply
  • DAC Specification
  • Channel Separation: 140 dB @ 1KHz, 130 dB @ 20KHz
  • THD+N: 0.0005" @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
  • COAX & Toslink / SPDIF: 24 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz
  • USB Specification
  • OS Requirement: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X
  • USB: 24 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz
  • Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz with 10ppm low jitter clock
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode
  • Inputs
  • USB Connection (CM6631a USB Module): 1
  • Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz): 1
  • Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz): 1
  • RCA line level input: 2
  • Outputs
  • Headphone jacks 6.35mm: 1
  • RCA Pre out: 1
  • RCA DAC out: 1
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 10"
  • Height: 3.1"
  • Depth: 9.6"
  • Weight: 13.2 lbs
Product Bullets
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Warranty

Included Coverage from Burson Audio: 5 Year Limited

Category ID: 178 | $1,995.00