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The Burson Conductor & Timekeeper Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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The Burson Conductor & Timekeeper Review
The Conductor
The Timekeeper

Later in the review period, I moved the Timekeeper into a second system driven by a Belles Soloist 3 preamp and matched with Harbeth speakers. The results there were stellar too. I had all the power I needed in the room and the bass performance was the best I have encountered with these speakers. The famous Harbeth midrange was even more fleshed out with the Burson in tow.

Lastly, I used the Conductor as an analog line source, with the Bryston BDA-1 DAC connected to the Burson’s RCA inputs, driving the Timekeeper. The Conductor proved to be a wonderfully transparent line stage, with precise imaging, clean and extended treble, and a graceful overall presentation. I found the Conductor easily competitive (and then some) with every preamp I had in the house, and with just about every unit I have had in for review.

Aside from a lack of remote control function, one would be hard pressed to find fault with the Conductor as a preamp. The volume control was smooth as butter and seemingly transparent at any setting. I especially liked the precise-sounding clicks when adjusting the volume, which provided an air of confidence in the engineering.

Burson Timekeeper power amp insides


Burson has a pair of winners with the Conductor DAC/Headphone amp/preamp and Timekeeper stereo amplifier. They work beautifully together and are cut from the same sonic cloth. The Timekeeper had no trouble driving several speakers, and the Conductor proved to be a superb DAC and preamp, and an excellent headphone amp.

Burson has done a great job of topping off the whole package with great looks, versatility, and very fair pricing. Look for a follow up review with the Timekeeper used in mono-block configuration, as I received an additional unit for this purpose. I really enjoyed my system with the Conductor and Timekeeper as the centerpieces.

Both units are highly recommended for audition.


US importer:

Burson Audio Conductor DAC/Preamp/Headphone amp: $1850

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
1 x headphone jacks 6.35mm
1 x RCA Pre Amp output
1 x RCA DAC direct line out
Weight: app. 6 kg
Colour: silver anodized aluminium
Dimensions: 265 mm x 255 mm x 80 mm
Package Content
1 x Conductor Headamp / Pre Amp / DAC
1 x Power cable
1 x RCA pair input cable
1 x RCA Coaxial cable
1 x USB cable
1 x User Manual (including 24 months warranty registration information)

Burson Timekeeper Power Amplifier: $2600

2 x RCA line level input
1 x RCA line level input (For RCA bridge mode)
1 x XLR input (for XLR bridge mode)
2 x Stereo Speaker Blinding post
Weight: app. 8 kg
Colour: silver anodized aluminium
Dimensions: 265 mm x 255 mm x 80 mm
Package Content
1 x Timekeeper Power Amp
1 x Power cable
1 x User Manual

Review System 1

CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch w/ CIA VDC-SB power supply
via Ethernet to MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate
external drives.
DAC: Bryston BDA-1, Empirical Audio Synchro-Mesh re-clocker
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Audio Research SP16,  C.I.A. PLC-1 MK III
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Bob Carver Black Magic
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Complete Furutech cable system, Stager Silver Solids, Darwin Ascension (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner,Salamander rack

Review System 2

CD Player: Onkyo C7000R
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, CIA Transient Mk II
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600,
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS

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