I have an almost brand new Burson HA-160DS for sale. It was bought from an authorized dealer less than a month ago and has been used sparingly since then because I got a good deal on the Soloist. More than 11 months of warranty remaining.
This has exactly the same components as the HA-160D except the pre-amp outs. I have tried the HA-160D before and the differences are very hard to discern. Fantastic solid state amp and a great match with a variety of phones including AKG K701, Audeze and even Denons. The DAC is also pretty impressive for the price range.
My price includes shipping in the lower 48 states. Either paypal gift or add 3% for paypal fees. I ship within one business day of receiving payment.
(from the manufacturer)
Compared to the HA-160D, the HA-160DS is 16% smaller in footprint and 35% lighter in weight. And with fewer features, it is more affordable. But it is in no way an inferior or focused product. It is simply a focused 2 in 1 machine that has all the performance and refinements expected from Burson Audio.
Its DAC is identical to that inside the HA-160D right down to each component used. The headphone is also identical to the HA-160 which we have been refining since 2009. We have also reduced the number of headphone outputs to one and used the best volume potentiometer we could find to ease control while preserving sonic quality. It is housed in a smaller but precision folded 4 mm aluminium casing that is elegant on any desk and works as a singular heat-sink for the entire machine. This case really puts the conventional 1 mm folded steel case to shame.
The function of Opamps at the output stage is as important as the lens on a cinema projector. Regardless of the analytical capability of the audio gear, an inferior opamp will halve a machine's performance, and distort every dB of sonic imagery. Just like our acclaimed HA160, the 160D features our Burson HD audio opamp. It enables the 160D to reproduce music in superior resolution and accuracy.
High Definition Sound
The function of Opamps at the output stage is as important as the lens on a cinema projector. Regardless of the analytical capability of the audio gear, an inferior opamp will halve a machine's performance, and distort every dB of sonic imagery. Just like our acclaimed HA160, the 160DS features our Burson HD audio opamp. It enables the 160DS to reproduce music in superior resolution and accuracy.
Just like an athlete needs clean air to perform at an optimum standard – audio equipment needs clean power to reproduce transparent and natural music.
Utilising the Burson Audio discrete (IC free) low noise regulator technology we have ensured that only the cleanest power is running through every component of our 160D.
Burson HD Audio DAC
While most of the marketing spin centres on the DAC chip, the output stage is in fact one of the critical stages in any audio DAC design. It is not getting the air time that it deserves because a properly designed output stage is not simple, and the concept is harder to sell to a customer compared to a DAC chip model number. After the digital signal (0s and 1s) is converted by the DAC chip into stereo signals, an important LP (low pass) stage is needed to reconstruct the analogue signal from the rectangular pulses from the DAC output. Any distortion and signal loss during this conversion stage is irreversible.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of customer awareness of the output stage, this is where most audio companies cut their costs, and it is common to see an output stage designed around a cheap IC opamp. The HA-160DS has a fully discrete output stage that is independently powered. It has a high slew rate and fast recovery time, operating in pure Class A the HD Audio DAC ensures the highest level of signal preservation. The result is higher resolution audio playback, with a completely transparent sonic signature consistent with our ideals.
Edited by deepshikhanc - 2/24/13 at 5:09pm