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Burmester 088 Top Line Preamplifier

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Burmester 088 Top Line Preamplifier

The 088 preamplifier perfectly melds high-quality sound with attractive visual appearance. Its operation is simple and intuitive and guarantees a relaxed listening experience. As a member of the Burmester preamplifier family it profits greatly from technological and engineering advances that mark, for example, the performance of the Reference Line preamp 077. Among them are the proven dual-mono design for optimal channel separation, resonance-damping carbon fiber suspension for best insulation from mechanical interferences and DC-coupled signal paths without distorting capacitors for precise bass reproduction.

Two large rotary dials for input selection and volume control dominate the classic chrome front panel of the 088 preamplifier. Different operating modes may be selected using chromed toggle switches on the front panel. The engraved Burmester signature and the model moniker above the power switch, which can be used to switch the 088 on, off or into standby mode, round out the visuals. The rear panel offers the full range of possible connections.

The exquisite chrome front panel, typical for Burmester s Top Line components, is manufactured in a complex process by carefully chosen suppliers. It immediately indicates the overall built quality relying on highest-quality parts. Even the small screws for bolting the front panel to the housing are individually chrome-plated and checked for perfect quality.


5 balanced inputs (XLR 3pol.), can be used as unbalanced inputs via adapter if required
Seamless integration into home theatre systems using the surround thruput terminal
Module slot for one optional module:
Line module (standard), with unbalanced high level input, cinch
Phono MC3 module (optional), with balanced input, XLR 3pol., input sensitivity
and input resistance can be programmed for an ideal adjustment to the pickup,
shiftable subsonic filter
Phono MM2 module (optional), with balanced input, XLR 3pol., input sensitivity
and input resistance can be programmed for ideal adjustment to the pickup,
shiftable subsonic filter
D/A converter module (optional), with S/P-DIF input (cinch) and USB slave input,
069 DAC-technology with upsampling to 96kHz and 192kHz selectable
Input sensitivity can be adjusted individually for every input, therefore disruptive volume
leaps when the inputs are changed are avoided
Phase reversal of inputs for a flexible connection of devices with other devices with
differing PIN-configuration of the XLR-plugs
1 balanced output with volume control (MAIN OUT), XLR 3pol., equipped with X-AMP2
modules, which have already proven their quality in the Reference 077 Preamplifier
1 balanced TAPE-Output, XLR 3pol., with fixed volume for analogue tape recordings
1 headphone jack, 6,3mm (1/4 )
Output amplification for MAIN OUT selectable between LOW and HIGH for the
adjustment for connected power amps or active speakers
Global SETUP-Menu for individual adjustment of basic functions:
Input sensitivity adjustable for every input from -6dB to +12dB
Custom labelling of programmable inputs
serial number can be read out in display if desired
operating controls can be switched off on the device in order to prevent
maloperation (child-proof lock)
factory settings can be restored at any time
Separate SETUP-Menu for individual adjustment of special functions:
Volume balance is adjustable for customized acoustics
Volume setting at activation can be programmed
Volume control and volume indication in steps from 1-60 or dB-steps
Brightness of display can be adjusted in four Stepps, display-off function
Power controlling of other Burmester devices, Master/Slave via DC IN/OUT
Vibration-isolating feet with carbon fibre clips for ideal resonance decoupling
Fully DC-coupled without distorting capacitors in the signal path for a precise bass
Dual-mono design for maximum channel separation
Latest, wear-free Burmester CMOS technology for switching of inputs
Latest CPU technology (ensures capability for future upgrades of controlling unit)
BURLINK for external control via RS-232 and USB as standard
Remote control available as optional accessory
5 x balanced (unbalanced via adapter)
1 x Surround Thruput
1 x Module
o LINE (unbalanced) (standard)
o Phono MM2 (optional)
o Phono MC3 (optional)
o DAC Module (RCA + USB) (optional)
1 x balanced (MAIN OUT)
1 x balanced (TAPE)
1 x headphone jack
Remote IN/OUT for remote controling of other BURMESTERdevices
BurLink for external controling via RS-323 and USB
Width/ Height / Depth 482 mm/ 95 mm/ 345mm
19 / 3.74 / 13.58 (without plugs)
Weight: appr. 9,5 kg appr. 21 lbs