Got mine yesterday.
Quite surprised that it's that big, much bigger than Headamp GS-1, build quality also lagging behind Justin's.
USB driver is a mess, using Win7 64bit. Worked after install but after reboot computer plain refused to recognize the device, had to uninstall and install drivers back, reboot multiple times, recycle power on Burson couple of times before it came back to life. Phew, thought USB receiver quit.
I don't see ASIO driver in foobar2000, only KS and WASAPI. Burson Audio ASIO Control Panel shows driver status Non-Active/Stop. How this thing actually work, no documentation whatsoever?
RCA connectors on mine are plain white, not gold plated as on all the pictures I saw on the net. This is brand new batch from Australia. Did they make another cost cutting change?
Now on the sound. USB is nothing to write home about, gets better with iUSB Power. Overall sounded digital and raspy out of the box, even with coax, but I believe it smoothed out after proper warm up and some burn in.
Quick impressions using iFi iLink USB/SPDIF converter against Chord DAC64/GS-1 with new modules.
They are actually pretty close but off the bat sounds that Headamp/Chord DAC64 combo has an edge over Burson.
- Chord - More expansive soundstage, 3-D like precise positioning. On Burson things get busy at times, competing for attention in smaller space, essentially not as great at instruments separation.
- Chord - Sounds more laid back, vs closed in, immediate presentation of Burson
- Chord - More analogue, fluid sound, Burson still has a hint of digital harshness.
Need more headtime and burn in to confirm my initial findings.
EDIT: Almost forgot to mention how crappy and stiff the Burson DACT is in comparison to DACT on GS-1.
Edited by Andrew_WOT - 8/30/13 at 8:10am