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post #1261 of 1991

Listened to the Burson in a hifi store nearby, with the Hd800 and he-500 :) Sounded really nice, not too harsh.

If it were balanced I would deffo get one!

post #1262 of 1991
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Originally Posted by Androb View Post

Listened to the Burson in a hifi store nearby, with the Hd800 and he-500 smily_headphones1.gif Sounded really nice, not too harsh.
If it were balanced I would deffo get one!

It's really nice with HE-500. Definitely the best headphone I've tried with the Conductor so far.
post #1263 of 1991

Hey all, looking for a little advice.  I'm trying to decide between the Burson Conductor, and a pairing of the Burson Soloist with the Schiit Gungnir.  I want to drive a pair of T5ps, Mr. Speaker Mad Dogs, and eventually (hopefully) a pair of LCD-3s.  I like the sound of the Sololist with the Bifrost Uber, but I want to use that DAC elsewhere and trying to figure out what to replace it with.  Thanks! 

post #1264 of 1991
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Originally Posted by dbalvo View Post
 

Hey all, looking for a little advice.  I'm trying to decide between the Burson Conductor, and a pairing of the Burson Soloist with the Schiit Gungnir.  I want to drive a pair of T5ps, Mr. Speaker Mad Dogs, and eventually (hopefully) a pair of LCD-3s.  I like the sound of the Sololist with the Bifrost Uber, but I want to use that DAC elsewhere and trying to figure out what to replace it with.  Thanks! 

 

From all the DACs that are out there, Gungnir isn't necessarily the best to go for at that price range. A bit too digital gritty.

Try to stretch to a NAD M51 if you can or get the Conductor and their new USB card or an aftermarket USB interface.

 

I've also read good things about the Audiolab MDAC, but I have heard it only  too briefly to give better comments on it.


Edited by negura - 12/1/13 at 8:32am
post #1265 of 1991

Thanks for the thoughts negura.  The M51 looks really impressive but is outside my price range right now.  As for the MDAC, some people seem to prefer it to the Gungnir, and some the other way around.  Obviously, at this level it comes down a lot to personal preference.  I know I like the Bifrost in the Soloist - so presumably I like the Schiit sound. 

 

Can you explain a bit more what you mean by digital gritty?  How would you compare it to the DAC built into the Conductor? The fact that there are so many DACs to choose from has me leaning away from the Conductor just because there's added flexibility in having separate components. 

 

Any other opinions? 

post #1266 of 1991
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Originally Posted by dbalvo View Post
 

Thanks for the thoughts negura.  The M51 looks really impressive but is outside my price range right now.  As for the MDAC, some people seem to prefer it to the Gungnir, and some the other way around.  Obviously, at this level it comes down a lot to personal preference.  I know I like the Bifrost in the Soloist - so presumably I like the Schiit sound. 

 

Can you explain a bit more what you mean by digital gritty?  How would you compare it to the DAC built into the Conductor? The fact that there are so many DACs to choose from has me leaning away from the Conductor just because there's added flexibility in having separate components. 

 

Any other opinions? 

 

It's exactly that. Not the most refined in the treble. That said it's hard to get treble that is at once detailed, airy, sparkly and refined and harmless. It usually involves more bucks. The Conductor is a bit better. It's also to do with preference and also the headphones you are pairing. Some headphones benefit more treble fizz. Like the LCD-2s. The LCD-3s you seem to be aiming for, less so. And the LCD-X even less from what I read. Did not hear those yet.

 

With the Conductor you trade flexibility for better price for similar SQ (you are also saving on interconnects, power cables etc).


Edited by negura - 12/1/13 at 11:50am
post #1267 of 1991

Thanks, I think I'm getting the picture.  Out of curiousity, have you heard the Bifrost(uber)?  Would you say it has the same digital grit? 

 

I think my big question is where in the greater scheme of DACs would you put the one built into the Conductor?  You mentioned 'similar SQ' - similar to what?  What external DAC would you say it matches up with in terms of SQ? 

post #1268 of 1991
I've been testing the DAC and preamp capabilities of my Conductor lately (using a Halide Bridge interface) and I have to say it's a pretty good DAC. I've owned the HRT Music Streamer, the Schiit Bifrost (not Über), and the Violectric V800 in the past. I'd say the Vio and the Conductor's DAC are around even but it's quite a step up from the HRT and the Bifrost. I actually preferred the more analogue sounding HRT to the Bifrost. The Halide Bridge does wonders for the Conductor. I've contradicted myself on this many times here, but have finally come to the conclusion that a good interface is nigh on essential. The Conductor's stock USB implementation is ****.
post #1269 of 1991
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I've been testing the DAC and preamp capabilities of my Conductor lately (using a Halide Bridge interface) and I have to say it's a pretty good DAC. I've owned the HRT Music Streamer, the Schiit Bifrost (not Über), and the Violectric V800 in the past. I'd say the Vio and the Conductor's DAC are around even but it's quite a step up from the HRT and the Bifrost. I actually preferred the more analogue sounding HRT to the Bifrost. The Halide Bridge does wonders for the Conductor. I've contradicted myself on this many times here, but have finally come to the conclusion that a good interface is nigh on essential. The Conductor's stock USB implementation is ****.

 

If anyone wondered what the equivalent of valves for a solid state DAC is:

Welcome to interface rolling. :)

 

But I agree.

 

Next imo: Power solutions. 

post #1270 of 1991
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If anyone wondered what the equivalent of valves for a solid state DAC is:
Welcome to interface rolling. smily_headphones1.gif

But I agree.

Next imo: Power solutions. 

Lol. Interface rolling is addictive. I'm thinking about trying the Audiobyte Hydra-X next. The Halide Bridge is great but it down samples 24/192 files to 24/96, which is the best it can handle. I think I'll treat myself to some new closed-back headphones first though.

Just out of curiosity, Raz, which power cable did you use with the Conductor? I'm not getting into power regenerators just yet, but I would like a cable which locks into the Conductor firmly.
post #1271 of 1991
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Lol. Interface rolling is addictive. I'm thinking about trying the Audiobyte Hydra-X next. The Halide Bridge is great but it down samples 24/192 files to 24/96, which is the best it can handle. I think I'll treat myself to some new closed-back headphones first though.

Just out of curiosity, Raz, which power cable did you use with the Conductor? I'm not getting into power regenerators just yet, but I would like a cable which locks into the Conductor firmly.

 

 

There are cables with a locking system on the IEC. I only have a cheap one like that, that I do not really use for audio. I will see what I can find and update with any other links. I actually need to get more powah cables myself. :) 

 

Like so (but these are not audiophile quality I don't think so): http://www.cablenet.co.uk/catalogue/power-leads-iec-lock.htm

post #1272 of 1991

Instead of buying a cable this time I will make one from parts.

 

David from MCRU just told me ieGO are the tightest fit IEC connectors: http://www.mains-cables-r-us.co.uk/5-mains-products#/manufacturer-iego

 

It's very easy to assemble a cable. PM me if you want more info.


Edited by negura - 12/2/13 at 9:19am
post #1273 of 1991

I haven't had any dropouts with 96 kHz samplerate.      But my conductor sometimes doesn't work at all.  It doesn't get recognized by computer.   :( 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/693215/intermittent-burson-conductor-usb-problem

post #1274 of 1991

It is possible to connect macbook and conductor via optical toslink cable.   It should work better than usb !


Edited by Marutks - 12/3/13 at 7:09am
post #1275 of 1991
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It is possible to connect macbook and conductor via optical toslink cable.   It should work better than usb !

Of course it is, no hassle, no drivers needed just Plug & Play. One disadvantage, optical output of a MBP/iMac is limited to 24/96 so all above that will be automatically downsampled.
In terms of sound quality I prefer USB or Coax digital output over the optical, through the Toslink sound becomes softened and a little bit blurry but these differences are minor.

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