Just out of the blue, Burson threw me an offer to do this loaner program where they would let people borrow the amplifier to listen to for a period of two weeks, in exchange for some reports on how they find the HA-160D amplifier to work with their system.
The HA-160D is an all discrete solid state DAC/Amp box that is currently serving duty as the resident reference DAC/Amp box I use to evaluate headphones. Priced at $1,250, it is an excellent one box set up that gives you reference quality sound without much hassle. Just plug your computer to the USB digital input, plug your headphones out on the front panel, and you’re on to some high quality music listening. The bass punch remains unmatched till now, and the toe-tapping factor is higher than any other amps I’ve ever auditioned. If you like to Rock, this is the box to get for your set up.
If you want to read more about the HA-160D, you can do so on the Burson HA-160D review that I published a while ago: Burson HA-160D Review. I also did a review of the Burson HA-160 (same amplifier section but without the DAC): Burson HA-160 Review (vs AMB Beta22).
The participant will get a period of two weeks before the unit will be shipped out to the next guy. All shipping costs will be reimbursed by Burson, so you only pay for the gas to drive to the postal office.
We want to get a wide variety of set ups and music preferences, so we can see what headphones & music work well with the Burson. So, we’re probably not gonna choose three participants all with the same headphone and who listens to the same band. It would also be good if you happen to have another amp that is roughly comparable to the Burson to put a context into the evaluation.
If you are interested to jump in the program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with these information:
- Location (City & Country)
- Headphone that will be used with the Burson HA-160D
- The rest of your gears (Headphone amps, Speakers, Power Amps, DACs)
- Bands, Music
- Pictures of your gear (the one you have listed) as a JPEG attachment.
This is not meant to be an extensive review conducted by professional reviewers. We are hoping to hear from real people telling us how they feel about the HA-160D. It can be subjective and informal, which will add a degree of relevance to the audiophiles. Some may have more experience with equipment, others may have more experience in certain types of music. In the latter case he can report on the performance of the HA-160D while reproducing those music. It’s all good.
– update –
The Burson HA-160D for this loaner program have been fitted with clear tops so you can take a look of what’s inside.