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Being the best of its time. This has been the sole design goal of each Burson Conductor since 2007. The C3 Reference took 3 years to built and it leaves the competition for dust.
The SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips are the most advanced and expensive in the industry. There are two ESS9038 DAC chips in our C3 Reference and its USB receiver comes with customised driver by Thesycon, Germany. The result is unsurpassed processing power, perfectly playing back DSD512 and 38bit/786khz audio. The C3 Reference also features a Bluetooth 5.0 receiver (Qualcomm/CSR8675) with aptX HD audio codec. It pushes Bluetooth playback beyond CD quality and ease of use to the highest level.
The Burson proprietary Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. Its low impedance ensures abundant and instant energy for output transistors. The C3 Reference uses 5 sets of MCPS: Which means, Display/Functionality, DAC, analouge left and analouge right are all separately powered. Learn More[+]
Let’s face it, most audio equipment cases are ugly and impractical. They usually have visible screws everywhere, sharp corners and boring colours. Class-A amplifiers even have finger cutting heat-sinks! They diminish the aesthetic of any living space especially modern desktops where every other electronic is slick and refined.
Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey. The Cool Case has only 4 visible screws under its belly. It is also a unified heat-sink that is 300% more efficient than previous Conductors. It is audio jewellery at its finest and It looks and plays very cool.
The all-new OLED screen and interface program deliver a calming and intuitive user experience. Its machined solid aluminum knob offers the fines control and feels luxurious.
The first and most profound impression of the C3 Reference is its overwhelming energy. It energises every note and space in between, bringing absolute control and accuracy. Drum kicks hard and crisp while decays sustaining and packed with micro-details. Listening to Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera and you can easily locate and follow each performer as they move around on a wide and deep stage. Kathy’s Song by Eva Cassidy. Her voice shines like the sun. Warm, golden and eternally beautiful. The C3 Reference is a time machine. Ride it to revisit these ingenious creations of beauty time after time.
I bought this to replace a Chord Hugo 2 as I needed analogue inputs. It powers my Sennheiser HD800s headphones and surprisingly in my opinion does a more convincing job than the Hugo 2. Build quality of the main unit is excellent. The only down side is the box of supplied accessories let down by a pair of cheap RCA interconnects and worryingly a non fused questionable mains lead and plug that shouldn't be used.
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