Burson Conductor 3R / 3X Reference

Sale price$1,744.00

Model: Conductor 3 Reference (SE)

Burson Conductor 3T / 3XR  Reference

The Best XLR DAC / Headphone Amp / Preamp

Being the best of its time. This has been the sole design goal of each Burson Conductors since 2007. The Reference Conductors took three years to build and leave the competition for dust.

The Conductor 3 and 3X are uncompromising, with one DAC chip per channel. Class-A and using top quality components throughout, including Neutrik XLR connectors, they are the perfect command centre of any audio system.

The 3X achieves ultra-low output impedance by going fully balanced, making it a future proof all-in-one machine.

If your audio system is single-ended, the Conductor 3 is its perfect upgrade.

Burson conductor 3r 3xr front panel knob

Advanced Digital

The SABRE32/ESS9038Q2M DAC and XMOS USB receiver chips are the most advanced and expensive in the industry. There are two ESS9038 DAC chips in our C3 Reference and its USB receiver comes with a customised driver by Thesycon, Germany. The result is unsurpassed processing power, perfectly playing back DSD512 and 32bit/768khz audio.

The C3X Reference also features a Bluetooth 5.0 receiver Qualcomm/CSR8675 [+] with an aptX HD audio & LDAC codec. It pushes Bluetooth playback beyond CD quality and ease of use to the highest level.

Burson Conductor 3r 3xr internal pictures with Bluetooth

Smooth Control

The all-new OLED screen and interface program deliver a calming and intuitive user experience. Its machined solid aluminum knob offers the fines control and feels luxurious.

Burson conductor front panel with OLED

Max Power X 5

Max Current Power Supply (MCPS) [+] raises voltage frequency from 50Hz to 170kHz, pushing noise beyond human hearing. Its low impedance ensures abundant and instant energy for output transistors. The C3X Reference uses 5 sets of MCPS: Which means, Display/Functionality, DAC, analouge left and analouge right are all separately powered.

Burson Conductor 3r 3xr internal pictures with power filtering

The Cool Case

Let’s face it, most audio equipment cases are ugly and impractical. They usually have visible screws everywhere, sharp corners and boring colours. Class-A amplifiers even have finger cutting heat-sinks! They diminish the aesthetic of any living space especially modern desktops where every other electronic is slick and refined.

Made from high-density aluminium and electroplated to space-grey. The Cool Case [+] has only 4 visible screws under its belly. It is also a unified heat-sink that is 300% more efficient than previous Conductors. It is audio jewellery at its finest and It looks and plays very cool.

Burson Conductor front panel with remote and cool casse

The Sound

Through a quieter, darker background, microdynamics propels forward by the sheer energy of the Conductor 3X.  It lets you dive even deeper into the miracle we called music.

When listening to Sinner’s Prayer by Ray Charles and B.B. King.    Ray’s authentic vocal dramatics, frail yet still capable of true emotion and flashes of fire like a dimming star mixing with King’s stinging guitar and barking vocals  Two partners in soul and titans of music, trying to top each other, ripping the joint apart and put it back together again, competitive yet completely in tune and sharing their love for music.  A perfect balance of soul, love and heart displaying in full gory.

Burson Conductor 3r and 3xr internal with outputs

Go to your Roon!

Roon is the most popular streaming and HD music management platform for audiophiles. Burson is part of this fantastic ecosystem.

Our DACs are Roon Tested, and they seamlessly connect with any 3rd party Roon Ready audio streamers.

Burson Conductor 3r and 3xr next to laptop with roon

Burson Conductor 3r and 3xr specifications


Measurement Package Content
Input impedance: 40 KOhms Conductor 3XR (R-180X) | Conductor 3R (R-180)
Frequency response: ± 1 dB 0 – 58Khz Remote Control
THD: <0.0015% Power Cable
Output impedance (Headphone Amp): 0.5 Ohm USB Cable
Output impedance (Pre Out / DAC Out): 1 Ohm / 25 Ohm 24V Power Unit
Conductor 3XR Info
Inputs: 2 x XLR line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone Weight: app. 5 kg
Outputs: 1 x XLR Pre Amp, 1 X Line Level DAC Out, 1 x 6.3mm & 1 x XLR Headphone Jack Dimensions: 255mm x 270mm x 70mm
Conductor 3R Info
Inputs: 2 x RCA line-level input, USB, Optical Toslink, BlueTooth 5.0, microphone Weight: app. 5 kg
Outputs: 1 x RCA Pre Amp, 1 X Line Level DAC Out, 2 x 6.3mm Headphone Jack Dimensions: 255mm x 270mm x 70mm
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 3XR 7.5 / 3.75W | 3R 7.5W 96db 99%
32 Ohm 3XR 5 / 2.5W | 3R 5W 98db 99%
100 Ohm 3XR 1.75 / 0.88W | 3R 1.75W 95db 99%
150 Ohm 3XR 1.16 0.58W | 1.16W 96db 99%
300 Ohm 3XR 0.58 / 0.3W | 3R 0.58W 96db 99.50%