This review first appeared in the December issue of hi-end hifi magazine High Fidelity of Poland. You can also read it in its original Polish version here. In some quarters Burmester has gained an unfair reputation in the UK for being expensive German audio bling, due partly to their highly. Used Burmester CD players for sale on + second hand hifi sites & shops. Use Hifi Shark to monitor pricing and global availability.
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I confess to a lack of experience of their full systems, but a decent knowledge of three of their CD players. With the Primare, the improvement was somewhat fundamental, although with the Burmester it was more like the final coat on an already glossy finish. It plays a long game. Inspired by analog turntables the belt-drive system for CD players completely decouples the laser pickup from any vibration of the drive motor.
That chrome front panel will not have lost its lustre decades from now… and bumrester product behind the panel will still sound remarkable too.
The whole transport is also isolated from external interference by sitting in its own low-resonance chamber. I can see this system forming from any one of the components in the system. When we consider turntables we will know of two basic drive systems whereby motor torque gets transferred to the platter with a CD player this is a far smaller platter upon which the CD is placed: The sound is the pinnacle of refinement and burmsster.
Traditionally this kind of drive is associated with the Japanese C. Listening to the is quite unlike any CD player I have heard and that includes several that are much more expensive and some which are lauded as being the best available. If you expect the Burmester CD sound to be one of an uber-cool tonal balance coupled with forensic Teutonic clarity then you would be very wrong. Front view Rear view Inner view.
Each unit has to pass a multifaceted testing and adjustment procedure before shipping to ensure that it is in perfect condition. The circuit is electrically fully balanced and the machine comes with a sensible power cable whose polarity is properly marked. So, in the absence of preamp, the goes burrmester into the stereo power amp, via balanced cables.
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The 10 year-old belt-driven CD remains a classy performer. Phillips with belt drive Sampling rates: This review page is supported in part by the sponsors whose ad banners are displayed below. Slim, elegant floorstanders, these three-ways feature an oval side-firing bass driver.
It grips the loudspeakers tight, if perhaps not to the steel jaw levels of its bigger brothers. The circuit is also extremely well monitored, akin to the engine-management system of a car.
When inserted into the Burmester system, it gave everything an additional layer of insight and involvement. The remote control is big, heavy burmesterr has many buttons placed such as to be inconvenient. As is customary for our own articles, the writer’s signature at review’s end shows an e-mail address should you have questions or wish to send feedback. Our Verdict There’s plenty burmedter substance and ability here, and certainly enough to earn a glowing recommendation even at this price.
Over recent years an increasing number of burnester at all price levels have taken to include digital inputs onto their new CD players. Burmester is one of those brands that sells complete systems. Such a connection is usually far too compromised for traditional high-end enthusiasts, and with Burmester charging a hefty sum for the MMI module, we want to know whether is worth it.
Feeding a CD into the top loader with its smoothly sliding cover is by itself a high-end experience. Stereo power amplifier Power Output: We publish its English translation in a mutual burmestsr arrangement with publisher Wojciech Pacula. I have always generally preferred the single-ended option. To decode a Burmester product, those first two burkester represent the year the product was launched. You can also read it in its original Polish version here.
Low-level and ambient detail is striking and is usually the domain of more expensive two box players. Something not always a given. This Burmester is as much a system hub as it is a CD player, particularly when you consider it has balanced analogue inputs and variable output burmetser. If this was a full-blown Burmester system I might have ended up with balanced gurmester but I chose to use the RCA connections with my home system although Burmester themselves, like many high-end companies are firmly in the balanced camp.
That said, Burmester frequently gets overlooked in this manner because the company demonstrates all-Burmester systems in shows. We reviewed it back in issue 78 last year and what holds then holds now. So, perhaps the best thing to do is not fight it. Which seems like a lot to pay for a one-source system from one brand.
It combines an expansive and stable soundstage with precisely located instruments.
It is easier to get this level of coherence wrong and I must point out that the CD positively demands that the amplifier, speakers and indeed the whole of the system be up to the job. I would happily buy one direct from Germany myself and for a purchase this important might even be tempted to nip over for the day for an audition. This is why their top models even decouple the optical sleigh with a belt, not merely the platter.
It creates a sense of musical structure and refinement that you will struggle to find from any digital player, regardless of price. What Chris Thomas said in issue 78 still holds today. The player is certainly a joy to use with an excellent display, adjustable through 4 brightness levels plus an off function and a very large but clear remote control that has been thankfully lightened from the potentially lethal device that came with the All the controls, including the large remote handset feel robust and precise.
The rest is classic Burmester with a beautifully weighted sliding door and their disc clamp system. The amplifier sealed the deal.
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