Burson Audio CONDUCTOR 3X REFERENCE
Delivery time 1-2 weeks
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Balanced headphone amplifier and USB DAC (2x SABRE32 ES9038Q2M)
The best XLR DAC / headphone amplifier / preamplifier
The Conductor 3X is for those who go all the way. Fully symmetrical with one DAC chip per channel. Pure Class-A and completely discreet with consistently high-quality components, including Neutrik XLR connectors, the C3X is the perfect command center for all XLR audio systems.
The C3X achieves an even lower signal-to-noise ratio and reveals astonishing microdynamics - what makes music magical. In addition, thanks to its fully symmetrical design, the C3X achieves an extremely low output impedance, which makes it the perfect preamplifier for every power amplifier.
The symmetrical one Headphone output delivers 7.5W per channel, while the half-power single-ended output is still powerful enough to power any headphones with ease.
The SABRE32 / ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receivers Chips are the most advanced and expensive in the industry. Two ESS9038 DAC chips are built into our C3 Reference and the USB receiver comes with a tailor-made driver from Thesycon, Germany. The result is unmatched processing power that perfectly reproduces DSD512 and 38bit / 786khz audio. The C3 Reference also has a Qualcomm / CSR8675 [+] Bluetooth 5.0 receiver with aptX HD audio codec. This raises the Bluetooth playback beyond CD quality and ease of use to the highest level.
Maximum performance x5
The Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) [+] increases the voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz and thus exceeds the human hearing . Its low impedance ensures abundant and instant power for the output transistors. The C3 Reference uses 5 MCPS sets: This means that the display / functionality, DAC, left analog and right analog are all supplied separately.
The "Cool Case"
Let's face it, most audio equipment cases are ugly and impractical . They usually have screws that are visible everywhere, sharp corners, and dull colors. Class A amplifiers even have finger-cutting heat sinks! They diminish the aesthetics of any living space, especially on modern desks, where all other electronics are sleek and sophisticated.
Made of high-density aluminum and galvanically coated in space gray. The Cool Case [+] only has 4 visible screws under its belly. It is also a uniform heat sink that is 300% more efficient than previous conductors. It is an audio gem at its best and it looks very cool and plays that way.
The completely new OLED screen and the interface program ensure a calming and intuitive user experience. The milled, solid aluminum button offers the finest control and feels luxurious.
Through a quieter, darker background, the sheer energy of the Conductor 3X drives the microdynamics forward. It immerses you even deeper into the wonder we call music.
While listening to "Sinner's Prayer" by Ray Charles and BB King. Ray's authentic vocal drama, fragile and yet capable of real emotion and flashes of fire like a dimming star, mixes with King's piercing guitar and barking vocals. Two partners in the soul and titans of music who try to outdo each other, tear the gap apart and put back together again, competing and yet completely in harmony and sharing their love for music. A perfect balance of soul, love and heart that shows itself in full splendor.
- 7.5W XLR / 3.5W SE PC
- Input impedance: 40 KOhms
- Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 - 58Khz
- THD: <0.0015% Power Cable
- Output impedance (headphone amp): 0.5 Ohm
- Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out): 1 Ohm / 25 Ohm
- Inputs: 2 x XLR line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone
- Outputs: 1 x XLR Pre Amp, 1 x Line Level DAC Out, 1 x 6.3mm & 1 x XLR Headphone Jack
- Channel separation: 142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHz
- THD + N: 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
- COAX & Toslink / SPDIF: up to 24bit 192K
- PCM Support: PCM ≤ 768kHz @ 16, 24 or 32bits
- DSD over PCM: DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256 / Dop512
- Native DSD: Native DSD 64/128/256/512
- Bluetooth Input Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD (Qualcomm CSR8675)
- Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac
- iOS *, Android (OTG support)
- Dimensions: 255mm x 270mm x 70mm
Scope of delivery
- Conductor V3X Reference (R-180X)
- Remote control
- Power supply 24V
- USB-C cable