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HFN Awards – Nathan, Linus, Berkhan and Nano

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re giving an overview of the 2018 awards of the rest of the writing crew. You can find Lieven’s selection right here

Nathan’s Awards: Page 1

Linus’ Awards: Page 2

Berkhan’s Awards: Page 3

Nano’s Awards: Page 4

NATHAN

2018 was full of excitement. And Headfonia got a bunch of new talent, meaning that I didn’t cover as much as I did in previous years. But I got lucky. By and large, I didn’t have to cover crap.… Read the full article

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Burson announces opamp-rollable DAC, headphone amplifier

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Swing and Playmate. Channelling the ghost of Hugh Hefner, Melbourne’s Burson Audio’s have announced two new models: the respectively-named digital pre-amplifier (US$399) and 2-watt headphone amplifier w/DAC (US$399).

The Swing sports a line-level output to run as a DAC and variable gain RCA outputs for pre-amplifier duties. Inside, a sextet of Burson’s ‘Maximum Current Power Supplies’ (MCPS) each juice six different stages of the DAC.

However, with its headphone output occupying more internal real estate, the Playmate gets one less MCPS and a single set of variable gain RCAs.

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Review: Burson Fun – overwhelming the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this article we look a the Burson Fun from Burson Audio.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Review: Burson FUN – Overloading the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re looking at the Burson FUN.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Burson Fun and Bang

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this Sunday’s post we’re looking at the Burson Fun and Bang units. Part of the new Burson product line.

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post where we take a quick preview of various gear before their full review. You can take a look at our other Picture Sunday posts HERE. Burson Fun and Bang serve three amplification purposes: headphones, pre-amp, and loudspeakers. For more about Burson’s BFP series, check below:

Burson Bang
Burson Fun
Burson Play

Typically it takes a Doom Guy to wield a BFG.… Read the full article

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Review: Burson Play – Hell of a deal

By | June 19th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: Burson supplied Play and the upgraded mainboard for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for it. It’s DAC interfaces over USB, is compatible with DSD 256, and has one of the most powerful headphone amps I’ve ever had on my desk. Prices range from 299$ to 549$. I tested both the base model and the ticked out version for this review. You can find out all about it here: Burson Play.

Spec:

Measurement

Package Content

Input impedance:

35 KOhms

Burson Play Unit

PC Connection Cable Set

Frequency response:

± 1 dB 0 – 35Khz

Remote Control (optional)

6.5mm to 3.5mm Socket Adaptor

THD:

<0.02%

RCA Cable

2.5mm hex key

Output impedance (Head Amp):

8 Ohm

Power Supply

100-240V AC

Output impedance (Pre Out):

35 Ohm

General

Inputs:

USB

Weight:

app.

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Review: Burson Audio Cable+, 120cm of improvement

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: Burson Audio sent us the Burson Cable+ (two versions) in exchange for this review. As far as I know these samples don’t need to be returned.

Burson

The Australian Burson Audio was founded in 1996 and is well known in the world of personal audio and beyond. They’ve successfully launched several amplifiers such as the HA-160D(S), Soloist, Conductor, Virtuoso, Soloist SL and the opamp-rolling back to basics Lycan under the Supreme Sound brandname. Next to that they have a series of popular and good sounding opamps like the V4 and V5(i) (reviewed in the Lycan article) and now they’re back with a new product called the Cable+.… Read the full article

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ECT: Hong Kong High-End 2016’s one-stop head-fi shop

By | August 10th, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the larger high-end audio shows, the Astell&Kern booth lands spaceship-like into the middle of the main exhibition hall. To Hong Kong High-End 2016 this Korean craft carries overseas visitors known – Andy Regan of JH Audio, Ken Ball of ALO / Campfire Audio, Sankar Thiagasamudram of Audeze.

Regan could be seen promoting a revised Rosie IEM, Ball his top-flight Andromeda IEM and Thiagasamudram his Cipher-cabled Sine on-ear; each of which represent some of the finest offerings in their respective categories.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: An op-amp tight fit?

By | May 29th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Relevant links:
headfonia: Burson / Supreme Sound Lycan
ohm-image: RMAA: Venturecraft Valoq 24-bit

Picture Sunday, yo! Audiophiles cross the crazy line all the time. Special headphones for this song, tailor-made EQ for that one, separate DAPs for hip hop and jazz. If you’re a VentureCraft Valoq owner, you can spend 600$ on an op-amp set. Lo’ and behold, each set makes actual, measurable difference, not to mention skews sound.

So when you’ve got Burson’s bristling op-amps and no Lycan, what do you do?… Read the full article

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Review: Burson / Supreme Sound Lycan + opamps

By | May 17th, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Australian Burson Audio is a Headfonia advertiser. Supreme Sound isn’t but indirectly there of course is a link. The Lycan was sent to us free of charge together with the V4 and V5 discrete op-amps.

Intro

The goal of this article is to explain the Lycan, op-amp rolling and a little bit of discrete circuits to everyone, from beginner to DIY expert.  This is the first piece of “Burson” gear in my collection. I did review the original HA-160 years ago and listened to plenty of their units at shows though.… Read the full article

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