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Burson Conductor - DAC/amp successor to the HA-160D

post #1 of 1986
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Saw a reference to this in the Soloist thread - figure it deserves its own thread. 

 

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2012/09/burson-audio-prep-successor-to-ha-160d-the-conductor/

 

Melbourne’s Burson Audio are about to launch the next generation of their very popular HA-160D. Like its predecessor, The Conductor is a headphone amplifier, DAC and pre-amplifier. Dimensions and casework remain unchanged but inside you’ll find an ESS Sabre32 9018 chip. The USB implementation has seen some love – it’s now an 24/192 asynchronous Tenor TE8802 (drivers for OS X and Windows only) – and the head-amp under the hood is the 4wpc Soloist.  Lastly, the pre-amplifier end of this three-way unit has been improved.

 

Burson will begin shipping The Conductor in November for an US$1850 price tag.

post #2 of 1986

This is awesome. I love the HA160D. And ESS Sabre32 9018, wow :)

post #3 of 1986
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Originally Posted by trentino View Post

This is awesome. I love the HA160D. And ESS Sabre32 9018, wow :)

 

How about a balanced out for their next offering?

post #4 of 1986

As usual, I'll be nabbing a demo unit off Burson in a few weeks. I'm keen to see if their implementation of the Sabre chip sounds different from the Buffalo DACs I've heard in the past.

 

So... anyone want to buy my HA-160D? wink.gif

post #5 of 1986
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So... anyone want to buy my HA-160D? wink.gif

 

No way, man - I hear its been superceded !   tongue.gif

post #6 of 1986
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No way, man - I hear its been superceded !   tongue.gif


Blah. Resale value fail frown.gif

post #7 of 1986
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Dont be discouraged by one comment from a lone nutter on a forum - price your amp to meet the market and I'm sure you will find a buyer.  Might help to link to the rave review Srajan gave the HA-160D. 

post #8 of 1986
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Originally Posted by Covenant View Post

As usual, I'll be nabbing a demo unit off Burson in a few weeks. I'm keen to see if their implementation of the Sabre chip sounds different from the Buffalo DACs I've heard in the past.

 

[...]

 

Is Burson doing a loaner program? Would love to compare the Conductor to the Mjolnir/Gungnir combo in home.

post #9 of 1986

*whew* and I was literally a few days from dropping $$ on the HA-160D.  Well, I guess I will wait til Novemeber; to either snag of the new Conductor or one of the several 160D that will surely be for sale.  biggrin.gif

post #10 of 1986

Love this! Can't wait really.

post #11 of 1986

There's a preview for it on 6moons. Hopefully the full review will out be soon. Can't wait either!

post #12 of 1986
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

 

Is Burson doing a loaner program? Would love to compare the Conductor to the Mjolnir/Gungnir combo in home.

 

It would be awesome. Last year they made it with the 160D. 

 

Schiit vs Burson offerings will be a tough match. 

post #13 of 1986
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Schiit vs Burson offerings will be a tough match. 

 

Indeed, indeed!  This is the debate I'm already having.  Luckily, I have a couple weeks before I have to decide.

post #14 of 1986

Finally I found a logical upgrade for my awesome HA-160D.

Will post impressions as soon as it will arrive.

post #15 of 1986

Any impression of Burson Conductor from RMAF?


Edited by hyde27 - 10/14/12 at 7:01pm
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