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New: Burson Audio Play Amp/DAC (2W@16Ohm) (op-amp rollers dream)

Discussion in 'Dedicated Source Components' started by ostewart, Sep 20, 2017.
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  1. selvakumar
    waiting for Tracking Number BURSON send the PLAY fast
  2. NCSUZoSo
    I heard about the loaner program for the Burson Play from Alex at Burson Audio and I wanted to throw my hat in the ring! I am currently building an Amanero (v.2016 w/ "Golden" Vanguard 0.1ppm TXCOs) + ES9038Pro on the Q8 v2.2 DIY DAC. I'll be doing all the soldering including the ES9038Pro, so keep a lookout for my review using Burson V5 OPA and V5i series op-amps along with Orange's discrete offerings combined with the mentioned hardware! The ES9038Pro supposedly can do DSD64-1024 natively and I'll be using I2S output from my Amanero which tops out at DSD512 I believe.

    Vanguard TCXO hasn't yet been installed in this picture. I am actually installing oscillator sockets so I can "roll" my oscillators! I love those Rhodium plated RCA jacks!


    Having something like the Play for comparison would definitely be interesting! Should have mine built this month, just got the IC from Asia after a 3 month wait...(USPS lost the first ES9038Pro in the mail 20 miles from the destination..) I already have EVERYTHING else, including the metal enclosure, the transformers (R-Core and Toroidal) + power supply boards and everything else! I am expecting build cost to be right around $300-$350 (not including my labor value), which is pretty dang reasonable imo! Companies are charging 3-5x that for similar setup/hardware in the finished state.

    (You can find my website link in my sig)

    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017
  3. xLoud
    I would love to check the Burson Play.
    I am from Kolkata, India.
    Gears I own:
    Hifiman HE 400i
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Audio Technica MSR 7
    Shure SE 215
    MEE M6 Pro
    iFI Micro iDSD Silver

    I will post my gear setup by Sunday.
  4. selvakumar
    GOT my BURSON AUDIO PLAY today shipping to India takes only a week thank you Burson and ALEX for helping me ill post picture of retail packing and accessories comes with PLAY
  5. selvakumar
  6. Blinding
    Does it need any driver to use on windows 10? Or windows automatically installs them?
  7. selvakumar
    no need for the driver it will install automatically
  8. Blinding
    Thanks for your answer. Selvakumar I see you have the Mayflower Arc as well, how does the mic input on the Play compares to the one on the Arc? I've seen a few people report the mic input on the Arc sounds a bit "tinny" .
  9. selvakumar
    ARC mic is good but the sound stage is good with PLAY and lot of option to add colour to audio and more important its pure CLASS A circuit and mic is Excellant and one thing I dont know why BURSON placed a molex instead of pcie connector since inbuild 5.25 inch DACS like my ASUS SUPREME FX HI-FI dac has pcie connector and we can easily arrange the cable inside the pc but for molex it's difficult
  10. Blinding
    Yeah thats strange, I bought a Play as well but will be using it outside the PC. I had a older Asus soundcard that had molex instead of pcie too.
  11. selvakumar
    However, SABRE32 family has four different series as follows:

    PRO Series
    ES9038PRO, ES9028PRO, ES9026PRO

    SABRE9018AQ2M, ES9018K2M, ES9018, ES9012, ES9008

    ES9016K2M, ES9016

    ES9010K2M, SABRE9006A, ES9023
    BURSON AUDIO PLAY HAS ES9018K2M Reference class dac
  12. Jimster480
    There is also 9028Q2M and 9038Q2M and 9028k2m.
  13. NCSUZoSo
    What is the difference in the ES9038Pro and the ES9038Q2M?
  14. Jimster480
    ES9038Q2M and 9028Q2M are 2 channel devices built for power saving for mobile devices.
    Where the Pro edition is 8 channels and uses alot more power and is also physically larger.
    I have no idea if the lithography is also smaller.
  15. Audio Addict Contributor
    Alex provided me a link to a recent review as I have 2 more days to wait for delivery according to FedEx. Some interesting information about rolling the V6 Vivid and V6 Classics. Compared to the Lycan, having to remove 4 screws to roll will limit the opamp rolling.

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