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To date, the Burson Conductor SL is without question my absolute all time favorite Dac and Amplifier combo under $2000. 2watts of output power is more than enough to drive most of the Planar Magnetic headphones with the Hifiman HE-6 as the exception, so I have absolutely no desire to stack another amplifier on top of the Conductor SL and use the unit purely as a Dac. Most of my primary headphones are easily driven and mildly efficient so the Conductor SL all by its lonesome is overkill in regard to the driving power needed, that combined with the exceptional stereo imaging and clarity potential makes for an almost perfect amplifier and dac. The SL is not without faults though, at this price there is absolutely no excuse for having no audio input functions at all, nor are there any excuses for not having a dedicated treble and bass switch of some type. Not everyone uses Foobar2000 ( a software with unrivaled EQ possibility ) and most will be forced to deal with a flat EQ setup via their source and headphone. I’d rather have the dac or amplifier itself provide me with some boost options if I want it.
Offering flexible tonality, clarity and styling the Burson Conductor is my personal end-all amplifier combination and will be recommended for years to come without hesitation. I’ve loved every moment with this model and I cannot see myself purchasing anything else for a very long time. In combination with my Lawton Audio LA-D7000 headphones and the 1793 installed onto the chipboard of the Conductor SL, the experience is beyond words and something I’ve sought since the very beginning of my audio journey. Highly recommended and worth every penny and more. Great job, Burson!

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Price: $1300

Max Output Power @ 8 Ohm : 2W ; VOS Output Stage : 2 Levels / DAC Out : No
Pre-Amp Out : No ; RCA input set : 1 ; Volume Control : ALPS Pots
Enclosure : 2mm Folded Aluminum ; Stocked DAC PCB : PCM1793 ;
DAC Spec: 24bit 192K
DAC DNR : 113 db

Links

http://bursonaudio.com/

The Conductor SL by Burson
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11 Responses

  1. Mike C

    “The Conductor SL offers only a standard 1/4 headphone output as well as
    RCA outputs. There are no inputs besides the digital USB designed for
    usage with a typical computer as your source.”
    This does not look correct. My impression is the RCAs on this unit are inputs, not outputs; and there are Toslink and Coax digital inputs as well. That’s why the input selector button on the front panel, as seen in the photo you have above, has four little lights above it.

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    • 24bit

      Someone on Reddit 2 months ago also mentioned it but I never got around to addressing it here. This was a fusion of a deleted sentence and another sentence afterwards that slipped past the final edit.

      Originally, it was supposed to only obviously read “There are no outputs besides a 1/4 on the front side of the unit.” I mean, of course there are inputs on this dac/amp. It is right there in the pictures I took as well as in the four little lights on the front side as you mentioned :) Also here is a link to Bursons official synopsis of the outputs.

      Inputs

      1 x USB Connection 1 x Coaxial RCA (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz) 1 x Toslink / SPDIF (Support up to 24bit @ 192Khz) 2 x RCA line level input

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    • Andromeda844

      So….you really weren’t able to see that was an obvious editing error and actually thought the OP had a Conductor without any inputs on it?

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      • headfonics

        It is an editing error and now corrected

  2. Andromeda844

    Everything great except the cost of the Conductor, I think you meant closer to “$1900”. Otherwise great pictures as usual and happy to see someone with both Dacs together and able to offer a clear description of each.

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    • BassHeadLarry

      looks like burson raised the prices, I bought my 9018 combo for $1325 on amazon just 3 weeks ago.

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      • headfonics

        Amazon is a very volatile pricing market often selling below srp for many headphones.

      • 24bit

        Not just amazon it seems. It has been fluctuating in price A LOT lately, even Burson a few months ago quoted me different prices than what amazon or lets say moon audio were selling at. Prices are not the same now as they were just a few weeks ago. It IS an SL model despite what others may have said.

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