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Burson Audio - The Conductor - Reference Class DAC / Headphone Amp / Pre-Amp

A niche product that someone like Mr. Spock from Star Trek would like, not an end-all "buy this and you're done" go to amp/dac

ag8908

Pros: good detailed and revealing DAC; clear/revealing amp; lots of connections; heavy and nice looking build

Cons: you need to leave it on; cold dry amp that lacks warmth/bass; not good with all types of music; bad USB driver; slight line noise on preamp/DAC out

First a bit of background on my experiences with headphone amps. I have tried the Fiio E17, Objective 2, the 2.3W amp built into my laptop, my Yamaha receiver's headphone out and a cheap $40 Chinese tube amplifier. I got rid of the E17 and Objective 2 because after careful listening, they did nothing my 2.3W laptop amp couldn't do and so were a pointless waste of money. The tube amplifier...
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Sonic Diamond: The NuForce uDac-3
Sonic Diamond: The NuForce uDac-3
Cheap, Good sounding, Solid build
Cheap, Good sounding, Solid build

FiiO E17

Pros: small, excellent value, Treble and Bass selection, good interface

Cons: some hips and distortion when using 3.5mm connection, no mid selection

Overall Quality Performance
Overall Quality Performance
168 Results
FiiO E17

FiiO E17

“ Have tried many headphone DAC/Amps in the £50 - 200 range and nothing comes close to the resolving, enjoyale nature of this bit of kit. Western manufacturers should take note. Quality, performance and a great price point can all exist together! :) Had mine for almost a year now and have no intention of letting it go... ” --Krisman

96% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

“I'll make this a short review and just make several points.   - Excellent unit for beginners. You can use it so many ways, it's really an all-in-one. - Build quality is great, I haven't heard of any dead units. Some minor problems here and there but they are quickly resolved. - Superb support from the company. Fast and helpful emails. - Upgrade and resale potential. You can use this as a DAC...” --_Spanky_

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

“Received new FiiO E7 today from Micca in Fairfax, Va (hi ex-neighbor - used to live in Arlington.)   Did much reading on this forum and other reviews and truly appreciate the candid and (sometimes) brutal thoughts of recent purchasers.  After just a few hours experience, can only share my first impressions - all of which are positive.   Unpacked, reviewed instruction sheet, plugged in USB...” --TomT

89% Positive Reviews
FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

“Introduction: The legend has returned. The FiiO E7 is one of the world's most famous budget DAC's and headphone amplifier. It skyrocketed FiiO to fame back when it came out. It was, and still is, on the lips of many new head-fi'ers as they come to look for a budget unit for their new setup. The E7 has aged in these last 2-3 years since it has been out, but now in 2012 and early 2013, the...” --bowei006

100% Positive Reviews
CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

“   I posted a review in the Computer Audio and Source forum in Feb 2010, but with the newer 2010 forum layout it was recommended that I should put a copy of the review in the gear review section.  I updated this a little bit since it's being reposted 3 months later, but most of this is verbatim for what I wrote initially.   The DACport definitely a nice source and amp worth...” --HeadphoneAddict

100% Positive Reviews
Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

“   I Have spent some days with the new Algorhythm Solo and felt I could honestly give my impressions. I could probably do it in two words but where is the fun in that?    Starting off I would like to say that I have been on an incredible portable/digital journey since the ipod was released. A huge lover of music has always caused me some trouble with traveling as much as I...” --monotune

100% Positive Reviews
WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

“ Takes the edge off the Sennheiser HD800's thereby matching up well with them.  Great separation, silent background and low fatigue factor.  Not much to say that hasn't already been said before.  Very nice little tube amp. ” --RavenDog

100% Positive Reviews
Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

“ Great entry level DAC. Noticeable improvement over the onboard sound of my mac. Pairs great with my audioengine A2s. Powers my HD600 and HE400 headphones very well, seriously can not tell the difference between this and the Asgard 2 (which very much disappointed me for the price).  Gorgeous looks and build quality. Great size. If I ever upgrade my DAC I will use this as a...” --dalb

100% Positive Reviews
Yulong U100

Yulong U100

“   I wrote this review for my blog yesterday and wanted to post it here to shout about this really great device. Yulong makes three models of DAC. Their flagship model (D18 Sabre) seems stunning but its difficult to compare to other models that I've reviewed because it's not exactly the most elegant solution for desktop headphones. Not only is the Sabre DAC sporting beast a...” --Quadpatch

100% Positive Reviews
Lehmann Black Cube Linear

Lehmann Black Cube Linear

“ The headphone: Cardased Sennheiser HD650. The player: Oppo BDP-83 via the dedicated stereo outputs using AudioQuest Sidewinder RCA cables. This is basically a mid-fi set-up, the Lehmann Black Cube Linear USB being the most expensive component.      I mostly listened to SACDs, but have played CDs, BDs, and DVD-Audio. Using the amp’s USB...” --Heidegger

100% Positive Reviews
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