Burson Conductor 3 / 3X Performance

Sale price$1,100.00

Model: Conductor 3 Performance (Standard)

Burson Conductor 3 / 3X Performance



Some DAC/Amps claim to give you the front row experience in exchange for less soundstage. Others promise a 3D soundstage in trade for fewer details. The Conductor simply gives you everything in the recording, without sugar-coating, the good and sometimes the ugly. You can locate a tapping foot on the stage while enjoying that lingering vibration of air after a keystroke.

Advanced Digital

The Conductor uses the SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips, the most advanced and expensive in the industry. Its Customized USB driver by Thesycon Germany ensures low latency bit-perfect audio playback. The result is incredible processing power, accurately playing back DSD512 and 32bit/768khz audio.

It also features a Qualcomm/CSR8675 [+] Learn More Bluetooth 5.0 receiver. Playing back at 24bit/96khz with aptX HD audio codec. , it pushes sound quality and ease of use to the highest level.

Conductor 3x performance usb and dac internal picture

Max Current Power Supply

The Conductor Performance features the same Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) that has made the Conductor Reference legendary.

A technology developed, owned and used exclusively by Burson Audio, the MCPS raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. It completely overcomings the disadvantages of both linear power supplies and conventional switching power supplies, resulting in incredible dynamic and micro-details.

Conductor 3x and 3 performance internal differencesThe Cool Case

We like to turn Class-A amplifiers from monsters with heat-fins into elegant, desktop-friendly machines, and we do it through the Cool Case. Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey, the Cool Case is a unified heat-sink keeping the Class-A Conductor cool and optimised. Critics such as Headfonics called it “the new standard” in the audio industry.

Having a footprint that is 30% less than the Conductor Reference and a volume similar to a lunch box, it is beautiful but unobstructive. Take it to work, and no one will raise an eyebrow.

Burson Conductor 3x and 3 performance op amps internal picture

Opamp Rolling Fun

The Conductor Performance comes with Burson V6 Vivid discrete opamps. But don’t let us or anyone dictate your listening experience. The Conductor 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. 

Burson Conductor 3x performance from knob and panel

The Sound

While our Conductor Reference is like Huge Jackman in Kate and Leopold, the completed package, the Conductor Performance is the shredded Wolverine. It’s still him but stripped down! Power and total control of that power will be the overwhelming first impression. It energises every note and space in between, bringing accuracy and micro-details. The C3 performance is for the perfectionist who works hard and plays harder.

Which Conductor is for you?

Suppose you have a DAC with balanced outputs or any headphones with balanced cables, or a power amp with balanced inputs. Suppose you are considering such upgrades in the future. Then the Conductor 3X future proofs your audio journey.

Otherwise, our Conductor 3 is a timeless addition to any single-ended audio system.

Burson Conductor 3x or 3 performace with laptop and roon

Burson 3x performance specifications

Burson conductor 3x performance vs 3 performance


Measurement Package Content
Input impedance: 39 KOhms Conductor 3XP (M-180X) |Conductor 3P (M-180) USB Cable
Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz Remote Control OTG Adoptor
THD: <0.0015% 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
Conductor 3XP General Info
Inputs: USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone Weight: app. 3 kg
Outputs: 1 x XLR Preamp/DAC1 x RCA Preamp/DAC1 x 6.3mm Headphone1 x XLR Headphone Dimensions: 200 X 250 X 60mm
Conductor 3P General Info
Inputs: USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone Weight: app. 3 kg
Outputs: 1 x RCA Pre Amp1 X RCA Line Level DAC1 x 6.3mm Headphone Dimensions: 200 X 250 X 60(mm)
DAC Spec Asynchronous Isochronous USB Spec
Channel Separation: 142 dB @ 1KHz, 135 dB @ 20KHz Desktop OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
THD+N: 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
Impedance (Headphone Jack) Power XLR / SE Signal to Noise Ratio Separation
16 Ohm 3XP 6 / 3W | 3P 6W 96db 99%
32 Ohm 3XP 3 / 1.5W | 3P 3W 98db 99%
100 Ohm 3XP 1 / 0.5W | 3P 1W 95db 99%
150 Ohm 3XP 660 / 330mW | 3P 660mW 96db 99%
300 Ohm 3XP 330 / 115mW | 3P 330mW 96db 99.50%
Model Retail Price Dimensions (mm) Digital Head Amp Power Supply Others
Conductor 3XR 2,199USD 255 x 270 x 70 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2 7.5W XLR / 3.5W SE PC MCPS X 5 Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3R 1,799USD 255 x 270 x 70 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 2 7.5W SE PC MCPS X 5 Analogue Inputs X 2
Conductor 3XP 1,399USD 200 X 250 X 60 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1 6W XLR / 3W SE PC MCPS X 3 N/A
Conductor 3P 1,099USD 200 X 250 X 60 ESS9038Q2M DAC X 1 6W SE PC MCPS X 3 N/A