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Burmester 956 MK2 Classic Line Two Channel Power Amplifier

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Burmester 956 MK2 Classic Line Two Channel Power Amplifier

The stereo power amplifier 956 MK2 extends Burmester s power amp portfolio consisting of the legendary 911 and 909, which have garnered international renown. The 956 MK2 offers an unusually high damping factor with an extremely short rise time to deliver large currents. Thus it combines loads of power with great dynamics and excellent musical timing. Its sound is marked by impressive spatial resolution and warmth. Internal wiring to supply power to the output stages and transfer signals to the speaker binding posts consists of 10 mm high-purity copper wire. This ensures that the high currents of the power amp are transferred without loss to the speakers. This amp coaxes airy sound images and bone-rattling dynamics even from loudspeakers with lowest impedances and complex loads.

Of course, like all Burmester products for high-end home audio the 956 MK2 power amplifier is also hand-assembled in the Berlin factory and is subject to the same strict quality control procedures. Up to 300 computer-aided measurements are taken before and after a one-week burn-in period. The protocols of these tests are saved and may later be used, if necessary, to return a damaged unit to its original state. They also serve as reference for future upgrades to incorporate technological advances.

The 956 MK2 sports heat sinks in the unmistakable Burmester design that has by now become a classic. Visually as well as technically this power amp incorporates the same design and construction principles that mark its bigger siblings. Just like the 909 and 911, its DC-coupled signal paths are free from distorting capacitors. This guarantees detailed and convincing musicality at any volume and even at difficult orchestral passages. The layout of the circuitry is balanced throughout and together with the Class-A amplification stages provides precise and honest reproduction of any kind of music.


Dimensions (WxHxD): 482 mm x 191 mm x 482 mm
Weight: app. 30 kg (66lbs.)
Rated power output: Stereo: 2x240 W at 4
Mono: 1x500 W at 4
Continuous peak current: 34 A
Damping factor: >2000
Signal-to-noise ratio: >81 dB
Input sensitivity: 730 mV for full volume
320 mV for 100W at 4 load
Frequency response: 0-200kHz (-3dB)
4 selected power transistors per channel
Rise time (stereo/mono): 1,4 s at 4/8 load
1,9 s at 1 load
Oversized power supply with 188.000 F filter capacity and 600 VA toroidal transformer.
Additional local filtering close to the output stages of 12.000 F per channel.
Bridgeable into mono operation by external mono adapters or internally at the factory
when ordering a pair of 956 mono amps
Bi-amping with the use of external bi-amping adapters
Balanced circuitry throughout like all Burmester components
Input stages in proprietary X-Amp technology (Class A)
Low overall negative feedback
Signal path completely DC-coupled, no distorting capacitors
High current delivery capabilities due to an oversized power supply
High damping factor enables effortless control of any speaker over the entire frequency
range, even at high frequencies
Stable at any load over the entire frequency range
Massive binding posts for connection of speaker cables (use only spade plugs!)
Remote on/off switching in connection with Burmester pre-amps and D/A converters with
variable output (remote control current: 10V DC)
A protection circuit outside of the signal path monitors the 956 during operation for overheating, DC offset and overdrive.
Balanced inputs (stereo/mono)
Unbalanced inputs by using the supplied adapters (only in stereo mode)
10V DC input for remote on/off switching by Burmester pre-amps and Burmester D/A converters with variable output
Bindings posts for loudspeaker hook-up (stereo/mono)
Standard model with engraved chrome triangle name plate, housing in silver anodized.
Custom finishes upon request.