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post #346 of 1167

Hey thecourier,

 

Your wish has come true, Burson just announced the "Conductor".  It's a Soloist with a Sabre32 DAC.  It's got the following inputs and outputs.

 

Inputs

1 x USB Connection (Tenor TE8802 USB receiver working in Asynchronous Transfer Mode)
1 x Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
1 x Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
2 x RCA line level input

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

 

I currenly use computer audio (JPLAY), USB to a JKDAC32, to a Burson HA-160 and a pair of Denon AH-D7000 with Stefan Audio Art Endorphin cables.  I'm curious how Burson's impementaion of the Sabre32 chip will compare to the JKDAC's Burr-Brown chip!  I very much like the JKDAC32's more musical presentation.  I've read (never heard) most Saber32 implementations are more analytical but Burson seems to have a way of taming that stark, clinical presentation.

 

Any thoughts everyone?


Edited by germay0653 - 9/15/12 at 8:39am
post #347 of 1167

biggrin.gif It just never stops!   I love it!  

post #348 of 1167
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Originally Posted by germay0653 View Post

Hey thecourier,

 

Your wish has come true, Burson just announced the "Conductor".  It's a Soloist with a Sabre32 DAC.  It's got the following inputs and outputs.

 

Inputs

1 x USB Connection (Tenor TE8802 USB receiver working in Asynchronous Transfer Mode)
1 x Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
1 x Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz)
2 x RCA line level input

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

 

I currenly use computer audio (JPLAY), USB to a JKDAC32, to a Burson HA-160 and a pair of Denon AH-D7000 with Stefan Audio Art Endorphin cables.  I'm curious how Burson's impementaion of the Sabre32 chip will compare to the JKDAC's Burr-Brown chip!  I very much like the JKDAC32's more musical presentation.  I've read (never heard) most Saber32 implementations are more analytical but Burson seems to have a way of taming that stark clinical presentation.

 

Any thoughts everyone?

 

I've heard the news too, it says that the Conductor uses the same headphone amp section as the Soloist. Okay, but what about the preamp section? Is that the same as the Soloist too? So it's basically Soloist + Saber DAC integrated in one box?

post #349 of 1167

Yes, The Conductor is a Soloist (head amp and pre amp) with the Saber32 DAC but the inputs and outputs are different.  Check it out at Burson's website.

post #350 of 1167
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Originally Posted by germay0653 View Post

Yes, The Conductor is a Soloist (head amp and pre amp) with the Saber32 DAC but the inputs and outputs are different.  Check it out at Burson's website.

 

Thats basically a HA-160D on steroids. wink.gif there's no need to find a matching dac for the soloist, you can have it all in one box. 


Edited by fabio-fi - 9/22/12 at 10:04pm
post #351 of 1167

Broken record here... Burson please crank up the class A bias :D  Its just sad that my new DAC runs warmer than your amp :p

post #352 of 1167

I just took delivery of a soloist today. Color me impressed for a single ended amp! 

post #353 of 1167
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

I just took delivery of a soloist today. Color me impressed for a single ended amp! 

 

I see that you have some nice gear on your sig. Would like to know your thoughts or comparisons with the Soloist. smile.gif

 

Im upgrading headphone amp soon. Still deciding which route to take. 

post #354 of 1167
I'm going to be ordering my Soloist Friday. My set up for a while is going to be Dacport LX > Soloist > Terminator V4. Can't wait to receive all my components and see what it sounds like.
post #355 of 1167
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

I just took delivery of a soloist today. Color me impressed for a single ended amp! 

 

 

Dag Erik,

 

Your really amping up.   What headphones did you use on it so far.  

post #356 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Broken record here... Burson please crank up the class A bias :D  Its just sad that my new DAC runs warmer than your amp :p

 

I have the Burson 160 DAC and the headphone amp as separates, the dac is hotter than the headphone amp. You're not comparing the standalone soloist with the combined DAC+HA 160?

post #357 of 1167
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Dag Erik,

 

Your really amping up.   What headphones did you use on it so far.  

 

 

I've plugged most of my headphones in. It sounds pretty darn good overall. It doesn't get the control and tightness of a balanced amp, especially with orthos, but its one of the best headphone amps I've heard with the HE-6. First amp I've heard the T1's that really makes them sound good. But a real winner here is there AD2000. This with my SACD player sounds amazing. Very close and intimate sound, but still open and clear.

post #358 of 1167

I wonder if the Conductor sounds the same way.  It should - right?  Very interesting..

post #359 of 1167
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I wonder if the Conductor sounds the same way.  It should - right?  Very interesting..


I've been told by Burson that the entire Soloist is inside the Conductor, with a seperate power supply to the DAC section to ensure it performs the same.

 

The proof will be in the pudding when the first batch starts shipping. I can't wait, my HA-160D has been sold and now my LCD-2 is sitting lonely and ampless...

post #360 of 1167
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Originally Posted by Covenant View Post


I've been told by Burson that the entire Soloist is inside the Conductor, with a seperate power supply to the DAC section to ensure it performs the same.

 

The proof will be in the pudding when the first batch starts shipping. I can't wait, my HA-160D has been sold and now my LCD-2 is sitting lonely and ampless...

 

 

Yeah I sold my 160D as well I was looking at this because of the balanced output.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB27/NFB27EN.htm


Edited by preproman - 9/26/12 at 6:32pm
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