Burmester unveiled its 838 Phono Preamplifier more than 20 years ago. Today, the German brand, long known for its state-of-the-art electronics, has applied such wisdom to produce another masterpiece of analog reproduction, the Phono Preamplifier 100, which features Burmester’s trademark polished -chrome front panel and thus fits perfectly alongside the rest of the brand’s venerable Top Line.
The Phono Preamplifier 100 accommodates a wide variety of analog users with two inputs that can be configured for either MM (moving-magnet) or MC (moving-coil) cartridges, while also offering a wide range of gain and impedance settings. It pays further homage to the vinyl aficionado with an onboard analog-to-digital converter for those wishing to archive or transfer their favorite records to digital files for use on a music server. (This functionality can be included at purchase or added later.) The results are absolutely studio quality: The digital files produced with the Phono Preamplifier 100 will be virtually indistinguishable from the analog originals, especially when taking advantage of its maximum 24-bit-/192-hHz-resolution setting.
Burmester’s innovation does not stop here. A unique “Auto Adjust” feature balances the right and left channels, making up for any deficiencies in the phono cartridge being used—and, in an effort to stay green, the Phono Preamplifier 100 uses less than one watt in standby mode. Prices range from $16,995 to $22,995, depending on configuration options. (+49.30.787.968.0, www.burmester.de)