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I have had the opportunity to borrow a Burson Buffer and I can say that after a pretty go listen in and out of my system that I am not a fan. We used a few different amps with and without the buffer and both times the sound was better without the buffer. The main difference I noticed was on the new Sigor Ros live disk the vocals seemed very forward and not well balanced with the rest of the recording. Once the buffer was removed the vocals fit in wonderfully. This pushing the midrange forward also seemed to cover up details that were revealed with the buffer out of the system. My system needs very little gain so I would be interested in trying a 0db version to see if the impedance matching actually does some good on its own. I guess I can see how with modded gear that has lowered output that the extra gain is adding something, but is the impenence matching really adding anything? Isn't there a better way to get the extra gain like from a preamp or a amp with greater gain? I had also demoed the Eastern Electric tube buffer which also gave meh results. Has anyone tried a buffer with 0db gain?Kris
Hi Kris.If you describe your system, room and audio preferences in greater detail, you might get greater, more useful feedback. It would also help people better understand where you're coming from.(The Critic's Circle Guidelines can be found here.)Good luck!
Hi Kris ...I'm guessing your SB2 is stock? I haven't heard the buffer on a stock SB but on a Bolder modded SB2 (even with an easy to drive active pre-amp in circuit) the buffer provided significant improvements in dynamics, effortlessness, openness, slam, drive, and even inner detail. The sound overall is a little more "alive" and forward (providing greater sense of being there) but not in an unbalanced way like you mention and with no brightness
Kris,If you want to come over, you can hear what a Bolder Cable modified Burson does in my system. As DSK said in his post, it certainly is a positive addition to my system and I miss it greatly every time it comes out.George
Could it be that with the T amps 15 Watt [? is that correct] output, a Burson Buffer just isn't suitable?jules
Burson Audio buffer removes any impedance mismatching by acting as an isolation platform between any source components (CD, DVD, SACD player, Phono preamp, radio, or even IPod) and downstream amplification (preamp, intergraded amp, etc). Burson Audio Buffer is designed to Increase signal transmission efficiency between all component and unlock the potential of any system.
That totally makes sense but is not how the buffer is advertised. I would agree that with the modded units you are removing a part of the circuit and then replacing it with one of a higher quality. I can see why that would be beneficial. So what does that have to do with impedance issues? From Burson's websiteQuoteBurson Audio buffer removes any impedance mismatching by acting as an isolation platform between any source components (CD, DVD, SACD player, Phono preamp, radio, or even IPod) and downstream amplification (preamp, intergraded amp, etc). Burson Audio Buffer is designed to Increase signal transmission efficiency between all component and unlock the potential of any system. I guess my question would be is this the best way to add gain? Would not the chain be simpler to choose an amp or pre with more gain? Also with most systems having plenty of gain why do you need it? I am sure the modders would not say they are hindering the signal out of the SB so with plenty of gain in place why not just crank the volume a bit? Now that would lead me to wonder that IF the gain is not what is causing the change in sound then why would my system without mods sound worse? If the sound benifit was cauused my impedence matching it should not be modded or unmodded dependent. Do you disagree?
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