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Conductor 3/3X Reference
Burson Audio

The mission of Burson Audio has been to create Hi-Fi products that speak for themselves from the very start, putting all of their resources into product development with little spent on advertising or other overhead costs. The Conductor 3 Reference (3R) is a highlight reel showcasing this school of thought, featuring modular opamps and a powerful multi-gain headphone amplifier with a high-performance dual DAC design. With connectivity options including TOSLINK, Coaxial, Bluetooth, USB-C and analog inputs, the Conductor 3R will handily serve as a headphone listening hub. Upgrade to the Conductor 3XR, and you’ll trade the traditional RCA audio outputs from the Conductor 3R for fully balanced XLR outputs and a balanced headphone output. 

$1,800.00 - $2,200.00

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Compatibility
Roon Tested
Bluetouth
Sound that adapts to you
Featuring Burson Audio’s own V6 Vivid opamps out of the box, the Conductor 3R and 3XR will impress with their solid state sound signature. The magic of the opamp design philosophy means that you’ll be able to tweak the sound of your amp with a simple swap of the opamps and be back listening to your music in no time.
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Digital versatility and performance
The Conductor Reference series features dual Hi-Res, ESS Sabre 9038Q2M DAC chips, expertly integrated into the digital board by Burson. Each version of the Conductor (both 3R and 3XR) features a USB-C, TOSLINK, Coaxial, Bluetooth and analog audio input, giving great flexibility in a compact package. The Conductor 3XR uniquely brings balanced connections to your system as well.
Bringing balanced connectors into the mix
Opt for the Conductor 3XR, and you’ll gain balanced audio outputs, in the form of a 7.5W balanced headphone output, and with traditional left and right balanced XLR outputs on the rear. These outputs work in tandem with the specialized design work put into the Conductor 3XR to ensure you can make the most of your listening systems’ capabilities.
Compare the Burson Family
                        | !bold [!1~w240]               |  !bold [!2~w240]               | !bold [!3~w240]                   |!bold [!4~w240]         |!bold [!5~w240] 
                        | Playmate 2                    |  Conductor 3P                  | Conductor 3XP                     | Conductor 3R           | Conductor 3XR
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 Price                  | !> $599                       | !> $850                        |!> $1,400                          |!> $1,300               |!> $2,200.00  
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 Bluethouth             | !> No                         | !> Yes                         |!> Yes                             |!> Yes                  | !> Yes     
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 Inputs                  | !> 24 bit 192K                |!> 24 bit 192K                  |!> 24 bit 192K                     |!> 24 bit 192K         |!> 24 bit 192K
                         | Toslink                       | Toslink                        | Toslink                           | Toslink               | Toslink 
                         | USB-C                         | USB-C                          | USB-C                             | USB-C                 | USB-C
                         |                               | Coaxial                        | Coaxial                           | Coaxial               | Coaxial 
 
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  Number of DAC chips    | !> 1                          | !> 1                           |!> 1                               |!> 2                   | !> 2  
  (ESS Saber 32DAC)      |
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  Headphone Outputs      | !> 3 W SE                     |!> 6 W SE                       |!> 6 W XLR                         |!> 7.5 W SE            |!> 7.5 W XLR
                         |                               |                                | 3 W SE                            |                       | 3.7 W SE
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  Outputs                | !> 1x RCA                     |!> 1x RCA                       |!> 1x XLR                           |!> 2x RCA             | !> 2x XLR
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  Dimensions (W x H x D) |!> 6" x 2.25"x 8.37"       |!> 7.68" x 2,25" x 9.72"      |!> 7.68" x 2,25" x 9.72"                       |!> 10" x 2.75" x 12.62"   |!> 10" x 2.75" x 12.62" 
                         | 2lbs 4.5oz                    |3lbs 13.5 oz                         |  3lbs 15.12 oz                      | 6lbs 9.75oz             | 6lbs 7.37oz 
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Videos
Conductor 3X reference unboxing
Conductor 3 Reference unboxing
Conductor 3/3X Reference setup
Conductor 3X Reference 360
Conductor 3 Reference 360
Useful Info
- Product Specifications
Compatibility   | Roon Tested 
				| Bluetooth 5.0

Audio inputs    | 1 x Optical/Toslink up to 192kHz
				| 1 x S/PDIF up to 192kHz
                | 1 x USB-C up to 768kHz 
				| 2 x Analog RCA (Conductor 3R) 
				| 2 x XLR (Conductor 3XR)
				| Bluetooth 5.0 (aptX HD)

Audio outputs 	| 1 x 6.35 mm headphone output (Conductor 3R and 3XR)
				| 1 x XLR headphone out (Conductor 3XR)
				| 1 x RCA (Conductor 3R) 
				| 1 x RCALine Level Out (Conductor 3R)
				| 1 x XLR (Conductor 3XR) 
				| 1 x XLR Line Level Out (Conductor 3XR)

Dynamic range  		| 96dB A wt

Sample frequencies  | PCM up to 768 kHz / 32-bits 
                    | DoP DSD256  
                    | Native DSD512  

Output impedance	| 0.5 Ω

THD         		| 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS

Output power        | 580 mW at 1 kHz/300Ω
                    | 7.5 W at 1 kHz/16 Ω

Power supply	    | 100-240V AC


Dimensions 		    | 10" (W) x 2.75" (H) x 12.62" (D)

Weight				| 6lb 9.75oz


- What's in the box	
1 x Conductor 3P/3XP
1 x Remote (with the battery)
1 x USB cable
1 x Gaming headphone adapter
4 x OPamps
1 x Power supply
1 x Extra fuse
1 x Allen wrench


- Manuals and Downloads
[@DOWNLOAD Conductor 3R MANUAL~https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pnUazwaSlhjrVwr7rQaWkQzAZKRVZ1P_/view ]

[@DOWNLOAD Conductor 3XR MANUAL~https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pr9bMDnLDE8qOh97cKCS_03YO1xzA81D/view ]

- Warranty
The Conductor 3R/3XR is covered by a two-year warranty effective from the date of purchase, the warrenty may be extended by one year by registering your product with Burson Audio within 30 days of purchase.