Burson Audio Conductor HA-160D Headphone Amplifier & DAC (DEMO)

Burson Audio

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Burson have pushed an uncompromising 3 in 1 DAC, Pre-Amplifier, Headphone amplifier concept to a whole new level. They named it The Conductor.

*DEMO UNIT ONLY - A few scratches on the unit*

  • The Conductor was designed to be the centerpiece of any audio setup. Not only does it harmonize with any preamp, power amp, headphone or computer, but it goes further by unleashing the hidden potentials in each, and unifying them to work as one. In terms of sonic signature, the Conductor is consistent to our core philosophy, that the less the equipment tampers with the music, the greater the music becomes.
  • At the heart of our DAC is the ESS SABRE32 Reference DAC chip. With patented 32-bit Hyper-stream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technology, the SABRE32 is one of the best and most expensive DAC chips in the world and is truly reference class .

    While we are not the first, nor the only, company to use the impressive SABRE32, we are unique in refusing to use IC based building blocks anywhere in our circuitry. Instead, we aimed to unleash the full potential of this chip through the development of tailor designed circuitry. We did not even use our own award-winning discrete circuitry featured in the HA-160D. No, that circuitry was designed and optimised for another DAC chip. We started from scratch and developed a new circuit that is specific to the SABRE32. And the result is a true representation of what it can do when pushed by team Burson.

    The Conductor also features our well regarded Soloist Headphone Amplifier. We had to deploy another 35W customised transformer to ensure that the Soloist circuitry is independent and optimised at all times. This is to ensure that its performance is exactly the same as the standalone Soloist.

    The Conductor is not your average headphone amp with an added preamp function. We did not simply solder a piece of wire from the headphone output jack to create an unrefined preamp. Instead the preamp output has been extracted from the voltage gain stage before the current gain section, to create a preamp that reflects the full potential of our FET output stage, and our less is more philosophy. Coupled with the VOS, both performance and versatility are uncompromising.

    On the digital front, the Conductor features a 24bit/192khz Tenor TE8802 USB receiver working in Asynchronous Transfer Mode. It also accepts coaxial and Toslink inputs supporting 32bit/192khz audio files. On the analogue front, it accepts analogue input via RCA and outputs in 6.35mm headphone jack, line-level output (DAC) and variable output (preamp). With such versatility, the new conductor works perfectly with any audio system.
  • Measurement

    Input impedance: 36.5 KOhms
    Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 - 50Khz
    Signal to noise ratio: >96dB
    THD: <0.03% at 30ohm with 1W ouput
    Channel separation: >73dB
    Output power: 4W at 8 Ohms
    Input impedance: >8K Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
    Output impedance: <1 Ohm @ 30 Ohm, 1W
    Power dissipation: >45W, internal, regulated power supply

    DAC Specification

    Channel Separation: 140 dB @ 1KHz, 130 dB @ 20KHz
    THD+N: 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
    COAX & Toslink / SPDIF : 32 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


    1 x USB Connection
    1 x Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
    1 x Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
    2 x RCA line level input


    1 x headphone jacks 6.35mm
    1 x RCA Pre Amp output
    1 x RCA DAC direct line out


    Weight: app. 6 kg
    Colour: silver anodized aluminium
    Dimensions: 265 mm x 255 mm x 80 mm