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    Default Good write up, Burson Dac

    Nice review of the Burson Dac for those looking. The reviewer liked it better than the Weiss and at alot cheaper price. 6 moons does a pretty good review of componants and doesn't seem to bend to the influence of advertising dollars that other audio mags/sites do.

    http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/burson5/5.html

    The one thing that sticks out in the review is something that we have said around here for ages, the importance of the analog output stage, that Burson has put more attention to that, than numbers on a dac chip. My own personal enjoyment in music mirrors some of the comments the reviewer makes.....tone, and weight of the music, which I find missing in alot of todays gear and why most vinyl lovers cling on to their spinners for dear life. Read it,check it out,tell me what you think.

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    I've read that article & also like the way Burson designs their gear around the true analog sound. My very first mod was to replace my stock opamps in my Music Hall tube dac with Burson opamps & the difference was quite staggering. The integrated/dac sounds like it's a top notch piece. My eye is on it...maybe down the road a bit. But for now the MH dac with the Burson opamps & the DynamiCaps is getting the job done in spades.
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    It sounds very similar to the W4S DACs with a little less weight and less dynamics IIRC. Still, a very nice sounding unit for the price.
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    Discrete class A op amps are a rarity but in an $1100 DAC along with custom high performance voltage regulators and a sweet looking stepped attenuator to boot,Impressive.

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    Phil, did you do the mods yourself or did you send it somewhere ?

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    Tony, I did the Burson mod myself...actually it was quite easy. The old one's popped out & the new one's popped right back in. I was so impressed with the difference they made that I asked Stephen from Quest for Sound about doing the cap mod. He said no problem. I wouldn't tackle that with my limited soldering skills. And boy am I glad I didn't try it. The DynamiCaps Stephen put in are "Huge" & take up a lot of real estate. He had to be very careful because they are right around the output tube & actually pressed up against the Burson opamps (which are "Huge also). He had to solder the opamps in place because of the size of them & the caps. Tricky but he got it done & the result in amazing. The combo of the Sonos & this modded dac are off the chats excellent. Some things are better off being handled by the pro's who know what they're doing.
    "2 Channel & 11.2 HT "
    Panny 65" 3D Plasma
    Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3010 AVR
    D>SONIC M2-600M mono's / mains
    Rotel RMB-1095 / 5 channel amp
    Rotel RMB-1075 / 5 channel amp
    TEAC UD - 501 DAC
    Oppo BDP-93
    SONOS System
    KEF Q900 / mains
    KEF Q600 / center
    KEF Q800 / surrounds
    KEF Q100 / rear surr.
    Def Tech ProMonitor 1000 / front & rear presence
    Velodyne SPL-1200R subs / dual pair
    DSPeaker Anti-Mode 8033 sub EQ
    Equitech Balanced Power Son of Q 1.5R
    Extensive room treatments

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