Burson Audio - Official Thread

Known for their discrete op-amps, max current power supply, and cool case Australian-based company Burson Audio gains some new popularity in the HEADPHONE Community. All-in-ones, DACs, headphone amps, pre-amps, speaker amps they got it covered. All things Burson, right here!

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Soloist 3X Performance
Conductor 3X Performance

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Thought this was an opportune time to start the Burson thread as Headphones.com now carry their products. To start it off they just announced a new product available for pre-order, the Burson Timekeeper 3i, an all-in-one integrated amp.

So, if anybody is looking for an all-in-one check this thing out. Pre-order price is $2199USD and with an MSRP of $2444USD.

Ships from Mid-June 2021.

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Great idea! I do not know why Burson is not as popular as other audio equipment brands. I have the Soloist 3XP and I could not be happier! The build quality is awesome and the sound perfectly matches my preference.

Also, it is great to see that TK-3i supports LDAC! If I am not mistaken, this is their first DAC supporting LDAC, as the Composer 3XP apparently does not.

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Conductor 3x are on the way, hope it is worth it’s price point over Topping and others in that range…

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Burson Composer 3XP DAC review by Passion for Sound just dropped! Take a look if you’re shopping around for DACs…

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It is really interesting the comparison he is doing between the Composer 3XP and the Bifrost 2. I was actually saving money to buy the Composer 3XP but I might check the Bifrost 2 instead.

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At this point, it might just be a limit of these Delta-Sigma DAC chips (just a guess)…if Burson were to make something other than implementing DS chips that would be interesting…

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Finally got the V6 Classics in today to see what kind of differences I can pick out.

Gonna spend more time with them and give my thoughts of them on the Soloist thread if anybody is interested…

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Just got this email from Burson…

"The 2021 Financial year is about to end in Oz, and for the next 72 hours only , we are taking up to 20% off on selected items. (limited stocks)

Soloist 3X Performance: 5 units only
Conductor 3 Reference: 3 units only
Conductor 3X Reference: 4 units only
Playmate 2: 3 units only

From our store below, type coupon code ( FY21 ) at the check-out to determine how much you can save.

https://www.bursonaudio.com/shop/"

I know @rrwwss52 was looking at the Soloist and @Dynamic was interested at the Soloist/Playmate.

Just tempting you guys…lol

But for real, if anybody is interested check out the code and see if the discount is worth it to you.

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I wish I were ready to buy! I just reallocated money to other things. All audio upgrades are on hold for a bit. :frowning:

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@hifiDJ

Thank you for sharing the information. I went ahead and pulled the trigger, and decided on a Conductor 3X Reference. The coupon saved me about $400, so I appreciate you posting the code. Just so happens headphones.com was out of them (website showed pre-order when back in stock). How long approximately does it take to receive from Burson direct? Wonder if they have some already ready for shipment in the US.

Again, much appreciated.

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It took a week for my Soloist to arrive in the US from Australia.

Congrats on the purchase! The thing I liked about the Conductor was the fact that you could use it as an all-in-one, a DAC or an amp. The only reason I chose the Soloist was that I was trying to save money at the time.

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Thanks for that information on shipping. The Conductor XLR is going to replace a Beyerdynamic A20. I have an XLR equipped PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC I use as an office preamp, so the XLRs will make for easy connections. I have a couple of sets of Quadlinks ready to go.

I wanted to have a balanced output capable HA in the office for the extra horsepower needed to run my planers and HE-6se. I was looking at the Soloist, but decided to go whole hog (especially in light of the discount). Timing is everything.

I have sent a couple of support emails to Burson, and Alex was helpful (and quick) in his responses. Support communication is important, especially when you need it.

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No problem, congrats! :ok_hand:

Can’t comment on shipping because I pre-ordered my Soloist, so I didn’t pay any attention to ship time. Though a week sounds about right like @PaisleyUnderground mentioned.

Let us know how you like the unit when it arrives. Would love to hear some thoughts!

Make sure you check the pic I posted on the Soloist thread for the correct L/R orientation. I’m pretty sure they’re not labeled on there like it is on the Soloist.

Actually, I’ll leave link here so it’s easier…

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A little update: The unit has never been shipped. It wasn’t listed as being backordered, so I proceeded to request the tracking number information from Burson Audio (more than once) throughout the course of the week. Finally received a DHL tracking number this morning, but after ten days, it still hasn’t been shipped. I contacted Burson Audio through their website and requested a refund. We’ll see how that goes.

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What a letdown of an experience; sucks you had to go through that.

I usually get replies less than 24 hrs…hopefully, they’ll resolve your issue smoothly.

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I hope they will just promptly refund my payment and I can move on. I am sending Burson Audio emails and copying them through the paypal dispute process. The paypal copy process ensures they receive what I’m sending them. I’ll report back in either case.

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What a strange coincidence, I just received a text that the unit was picked up by DHL.

Shows it will arrive by June 28th.

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I know their office was on covid lockdown for a significant amount of time. It may be that they just are working through a back log?

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Thanks for that info. :grinning:

I would have preferred if they let me know of any shipping or production delays up front. I’ve waited weeks/months for stuff in the past from other sellers (ZMF, headamp) but they are always upfront about production times. Looking forward to the unit arriving and setting it up in my office rig.

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