Melbourne’s Burson Audio are about to launch the next generation of their very popular HA-160D. Like its predecessor, The Conductor is a headphone amplifier, DAC and pre-amplifier. Dimensions and casework remain unchanged but inside you’ll find an ESS Sabre32 9018 chip. The USB implementation has seen some love – it’s now an 24/192 asynchronous Tenor TE8802 (drivers for OS X and Windows only) – and the head-amp under the hood is the 4wpc Soloist. Lastly, the pre-amplifier end of this three-way unit has been improved.
Burson will begin shipping The Conductor in November for an US$1850 price tag.
Further Information: Burson Audio
EDIT: Here’s photographic evidence of the half-width power-amp mentioned in the comments below: