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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Phillips with belt drive Sampling rates: We reviewed it back in issue 78 last year and what holds then holds now. Components This product can be a useful addition to: The input stage and output stage transistors are on their own separate heatsinks, with the side external heatsinking deals with the massive output.

The thing is though, you could spend years trying to find the Best Product Ever, going from product to product to product, and still end back with all Burmester. In fact they share virtually no components at all despite looking virtually identical.

Please try again later or get in touch via our contact page. Call it tempo, call it timing, the way that a hi fi system portrays the development of music through time is nothing short of critical and even extracting the maximum amount of miniscule detail is completely irrelevant if it is rhythmically stunted. The beauty and balance that the brings is that it is so good at showing such small dynamic shifts and movements. Burmester has traditionally favoured balanced circuit design and this product is no different, and it starts right from the DAC stage and continues through to the output terminals.

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Single-box CD player Transport: It is sinuous and completely elastic where time is concerned and this provides an eloquent and reassuring base for everything else that it does so well. Not the chilly needlepoint variety of tiny background sounds that is often cited as musical detail but a more organic version that is unerring in solidity and stability. Burmester even fabricates parts that no-one else can get to service its long-legacy customers.

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. Its generous size means using it is a two-handed operation for most people. To decode a Burmester product, those first two digits represent the year the product was launched. But the brand is Burmester. The design aim is that decoupling the laser from the drive motor reduces jitter. They were all more than 20 years old.

The company explains that their step volume control operates in the analog domain which we will verify later. Wojciech Pacula CD player: This time I took a closer look at a model from the higher Top Line, leaving only the Reference Line unexplored.

Buying a Burmester system is an investment for the future. This helps keep the temperature fluctuations from individual sections of the amp from influencing the others. All this contributes to the open, airy and detailed musicality Burmester components are renowned for. But the music still remains dense and incredibly textural. Often, this process unveils some hidden gems and some hidden howlers. Something not always a given.


Let me try and illustrate this with a couple of examples. I can see this system forming from any one of the components in the system.

This review first appeared in the December issue of hi-end hifi magazine High Fidelity of Poland.

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So, the products are expensive, but you get what you pay for. This is why their top models even decouple the optical sleigh with a belt, not merely the platter. What it does is make good sound.

One of those will be WiFi. This time it was gems all the way down. All images contained in this review are the property of High Fidelity or Burmester.

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The rest is classic Burmester with a beautifully weighted sliding door and their disc clamp system. Seriously — this is the kind of audio system you buy once per lifetime, and this is the kind of system you could confidently use to see you 08 the rest of the 21st Century. 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.

The belt drive is located in a solid, low-resonance chamber. 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 makes perfect sense given that every CD player already has built-in digital-to-analogue converter circuitry.

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