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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The 10 year-old belt-driven CD remains a classy performer. For simplicity I skipped idler wheel designs. With the Primare, the improvement was somewhat fundamental, although with the Burmester it was more like the final coat on an already glossy finish.

The amplifier sealed the deal. Tonal burmewter and contrast is beautifully realised and this helps no end if you are excited by the pure performance of the burmeter. The CD section is excellent. So, in the absence of preamp, the goes straight into the stereo power amp, via balanced cables.

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While Burmester makes its own rack, at this level, you should be considering Stillpoints or similar. The huge dynamic swings of the Stravinsky piece are punched out with venom, authority and no sense of strain. It thinks of systems even down to the product number. Floorstanding loudspeaker Driver Compliment: Feeding a CD into the top loader with its smoothly sliding cover is by itself a high-end experience.

When inserted into the Burmester system, it gave everything an additional layer of insight and involvement. You can also read it in its original Polish version here. It plays a long game. Burkester are bi-wired, have a huge rear port that can be bunged at burmrster expense of deep bass energy and come in three finishes.

What Chris Thomas said in issue 78 still holds today. The player even has a pair of XLR analog inputs to connect a non-digital source component.


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Such is the insight on offer that a good recording will always shine through. It has superb bandwidth, a great sense of space with wide and deep views of the musical soundstage and simply stunning resolution. See all our Burmester reviews.

On the whole this system worked very well. The is subtle when it needs to be, delivering low-level details with delicacy. See all our CD player reviews. There never seemed that much problem in extracting high levels of information, but I have heard a number of players that, while impressive number crunchers, were never comfortable to listen to for any period of time.

The gurmester as far from that as it is possible to get burmster a digital source and the roots of its musical performance lie squarely with its abilities to portray musical movement.

This review first appeared in the December issue of hi-end hifi magazine High Fidelity of Poland. It is easier to get this level burmested 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.

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There are four digital inputs on our MMI equipped review sample: The sound too was immediately recognisable to me but with a huge leap in quality over the Everything is seriously understated on these albums, withdrawn to leave only that which is necessary for the song.

Against Price puts it beyond reach of most. There is also an upgrade slot in the back to expand capabilities in the future. We should pay attention to that as the sound really is better. This player can also be configured as a preamplifier as it has a switchable increment analog volume control. That chrome front panel will not have lost its lustre decades from now… and the product behind the panel will still sound remarkable too. If this was a full-blown Burmester system I might have ended up with balanced connections 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.


After a bit of experimentation I left the machine at this setting and never turned it off again. Give in to the Shiny Side. Considering the price, perhaps the one notable omission is the lack of processing for SACDs. Due to its two digital inputs and selectable volume control, the has an additional preamplifier-function. It is essentially a high-pass power line DC offset compensator rather than a simple blockercoupled to a low-pass AC line filter.

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. They are the ideal British room loudspeaker because they can be used just a few inches from the rear wall. 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. This Burmester is as much a system hub as it is a CD player, particularly when you consider it has 0899 analogue inputs and variable output too.

Burmeser if you are a fan of tonal colour and find the digital view of instruments and vocals is inevitably too monochromatic then the will change your mind about that.

The analog output stages are equipped with more technology from the in the shape of the X-amp2 output modules and it is these that Burmester are especially proud of, citing them as a major reason for the sound quality the achieves.

It grips the loudspeakers tight, if perhaps not to the steel jaw levels of its bigger brothers. The sound is smooth and free of the slightly hazy, unsubtle quality Bluetooth still suffers from in many applications. Wojciech Pacula CD player: That said, Burmester frequently gets overlooked in this manner because the company demonstrates all-Burmester systems in shows.