Burson PLAY: DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp/Opamp rolling platform with mic input for gaming
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Alright guys, I'm incredibly excited about this one. Burson has announced a pretty beefy gaming/music focused combo unit still retaining the ability to roll op-amps, which the synergy hunter in me enjoys doing. Key take-aways for me on this is the massive 2W/Channel capability, ESS9018 DAC and Xmos USB receiver. It is also a class A amplifier with DSD support and a mic input too.
Oh and..wait for it.... this DAC/AMP fits into a 5.25in PC case bay! No doubt this is miles above anything you could possibly stuff into a PC currently. No cables to external units also makes this a LAN party must. The remote control is also a nice touch. I'm well up to the task to make sure there are no sacrifices made here and I'll be putting it through the paces of competitive FPS and music listening. It is a happy day for the PC master race my friends :)

Here is some press/detail info Burson has released on the unit so far:

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Introducing Burson PLAY!

Starting from 299USD inc. shipping.

Play Music:

It's a high power headphone amplifier with over 2W per channel into 16ohm

It's a reference class DAC feature the ESS9018 DAC chip and Xmos USB receiver. Capable of playing back DSD256, DXD, 32bit / 384khz audio files.

It's a pure Class-A remote controlled preamp.

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Play Games:

It elegantly fits into any gaming PC, in which case, it draws power from the internal power supply of the PC.
With a high-fidelity mic input, it's the ultimate USB soundcard for any gaming PC.

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Play with Opamps:

It's the perfect opamp rolling platform, rolling up to 5 opamps to tune its sound to your taste.

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How does it connect to the pc? Via usb header on the motherboard? And does it do virtual surround in hardware or do we have to rely on software solutions?
 
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How does it connect to the pc? Via usb header on the motherboard? And does it do virtual surround in hardware or do we have to rely on software solutions?
Yeah they didn't post a pic of the back of it for some reason. Daddy wants, but needs more info.
 
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I would not want to install that into a PC case myself but use it as a desktop amp. Pretty cool though. Not interested myself but look forward to hearing more! It's hard to tell without seeing the back but it looks like it is just a power port and USB port with no other sort of input.
 
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It is USB however, I'll be attempting an external test as well using conversion.
 
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They just put up a pre-order special too, here's a snippet:


Pre-order now open: Type foreplay at the checkout to receive 15% off (ending 30th, September, 2017)

Please visit us for more information. https://www.bursonaudio.com/products/play/


In addition, I emailed Burson and they responded with a rear pic. Looks like you could use a linear, internal or external brick PSU on this so either internal or external support looks good. I for one was surprised to see a preout.

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How would anyone use the preouts with the unit installed in a case?
 
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How would anyone use the preouts with the unit installed in a case?
Looking at the back I would think the preouts are for those that leave it as a desktop unit. They provide two power options (molex and a transformer).
 
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I have an Ncase M1 build and also a full size so I'll be dabbling both options with mine.
 
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Ahh, the shipping wait...
 
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Here is a diagram showing the various five op-amps locations and the function they provided. The three dual op-amps are part of DAC chain. The two single op-amps helps drive the output stage. Any further op-amp rolling in the Play I would start with the two single op-amps first.
 
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I've got my Play in hand. Burning in...

Been trying to resist laying ears on it for a couple of days... I failed. This unit is quite enveloping without losing detail. I'm just a few songs in so I'll hold my cards until I have time to sit down for a more serious and analytical listen.. I will however say that this is absolutely an incredible showing for what Burson is capable of. Utterly destroying my Essence STX V5 setup, the gap is so large I won't bother including it in my testing.. the Play is that good.

That is all, back to pink noise :) Have a great night all!
 
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