"I highly recommend the Conductor 3 Performance to anyone looking for a great high-end USB DAC and headphone amplifier combo." Headfonics

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Burson Audio is challenging the conventional and pushing the boundaries of audio excellence through innovation. A decade ago, we argued against using IC opamps on the audio signal path. Today, our discrete audio opamps are industry benchmarks. 

In 2017, we had a breakthrough in power supply research. It led to the development of our proprietary Max Current Power Supply (MCPS). Superior to both transformer-based and conventional switching power supply designs, the MCPS is featured in all Burson products, winning awards and leaving competitors in the dust. 

We don’t advertise, buy reviews, nor attend trade-shows, and we certainly don’t markup prices to cover such costs. Instead, we build products that speak for themselves and build relationships directly with fellow audiophiles. We also work with selective, like-minded audio stores around the world which contributes to their local audio community.

An old school DAC / Pre Amp
We don’t use DSP to over-sample or reprocess the original digital signal. And we didn’t put a tube output in parallel to a solid-state output to sweeten the analogue signal and attract eyeballs. Instead, the Composer 3X Performance plays truthfully, from MP3s to native DSD512, without bass boosting or sugar coating.

With a powerful SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC chip, a minimal signal path and a mighty power supply, the Composer follow an old school design approach, and it recreates the original art with pinpoint accuracy.

The Power To Connect

The Composer features superior digital connections. Featuring the Qualcomm/CSR8675 [+] Learn More Bluetooth receiver ( 24bit/96khz / AptxHD) and XMOS USB receiver ( PCM 768Khz / DSD 512), the Composer connects seamlessly with all PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Maximum Performance

The Composer is a testimony to the less-is-more design approach. Namely, a short signal path yields accuracy, and clean power yields transparency.

The entire audio signal path of the Composer is about the size of two stamps. This symmetrical, fully balanced signal path is free from inferior IC opamps. Instead, it uses Burson V6Vivid discrete opamps which are widely regarded as the best sounding in the world.

The quality of power is as vital to audio amplification as the quality of water in cooking. That’s why we are dedicating the rest of the product footprint to power regeneration. The Composer features four Burson proprietary Max Current Power Supplies (MCPS). They raise voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. The result is a transparent sound with incredible micro-details. 

Refined Preamp

The Composer is also a phenomenal preamp with low output impedance and two gain levels, making it the perfect match for any amplifiers and active speakers.

Opamp Rolling Fun

The Composer 3X Performance comes with Burson V6 Vivid discrete opamps. But don’t let us or anyone dictate our listening experience. The Composer encourages opamp rolling with gold plated DIP8 sockets along its signal path. With hundreds of audio opamps out there, you have the freedom to tailor your listening experience to your preference. 

A Timeless Classic

But hang on! Don’t a lot of high-end DACs use ESS9038 and Xmos, and lots of DACs claim to use high-end parts. Without a glowing tube output, a porthole to peek at it and a fancy DSP sales pitch, what makes the Composer unique!?

Every music composer works with the same set of notes. Those with the right focus and experience create timeless classics by arranging them in the right way. Those wanting to shock and collect “likes”, those using focus groups to put together designs instead of using their hearts usually create something forgettable. The Composer 3X Performance is excellent because we did the hard yards. It sounds incredible in the old school way, and we know it is a classic.

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Package Content
Input impedance:
39 KOhms
Conductor 3X Ref.
Model # M180X
USB Cable
Frequency response:
± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz
Remote Control
OTG Adoptor
Power Cable
24V Power Unit
Output impedance (Headphone Amp):
0.5 Ohm
IC opamps for warranty trouble-shooting
fuse and headphone adaptor
Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out):
1 Ohm / 25 Ohm
USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone
app. 3 kg
1 x XLR Preamp/DAC
1 x RCA Preamp/DAC
1 x 6.3mm Headphone
1 x XLR Headphone
200 X 250 X 60mm
Impedance (Headphone Jack)
Power XLR / SE
Signal to Noise Ratio
16 Ohm
6 / 3W
32 Ohm
3 / 1.5W
100 Ohm
1 / 0.5W
150 Ohm
300 Ohm
DAC Spec
Asynchronous Isochronous USB Spec
Channel Separation:
142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHz
Desktop OS:
Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
Desktop OS:
iOS* , Android (OTG support)
COAX & Toslink / SPDIF :
up to 24bit 192K
PCM Support:
PCM ? 768kHz @ 16, 24 or 32bits
Native DSD:
Native DSD 64 / 128 / 256 / 512
Bluetooth Input
Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD (Qualcomm CSR8675)
DSD over PCM:
DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256/Dop512
Retail Price
Dimensions (mm)
Power Supply
Conductor 3XR
255 x 270 x 70
ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2

7.5Wpc XLR / 3.5Wpc SE

Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3R
255 x 270 x 70
ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2
7.5Wpc SE
Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3XP
200 X 250 X 60
ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1
6Wpc XLR / 3Wpc SE
Conductor 3P
200 X 250 X 60
ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1
4Wpc SE

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