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Burson Play DAC/Amp - Massdrop Exclusive

Burson Play DAC/Amp - Massdrop Exclusive

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Powerful & Easy to Mod

A versatile DAC/amp with outstanding specs, the Burson Play boasts 32-bit/384-kHz PCM, DXD, and DSD256 playback capability. It’s built around a SABRE32 ESS9018 DAC chip and an XMOS USB receiver, and features a super-powerful Class-A headphone amp whose 70-watt power supply can output 2 watts at 16 ohms. It’s also easily moddable: just open the unit and swap in different op-amps for a customized sound. Uniquely, this DAC/amp can fit inside a computer case using the drive bay for optical drives. In addition to the standard wall AC power, it can be powered by a 12V DC 5A power plug inside a PC when inserted in a drive bay—providing a significantly higher sound quality than standard PC sound cards. Another perk for PC gamers: the Burson Play includes a mic input.

Note: This drop is for a Massdrop-exclusive version with three V6Vivid-Dual opamps and two V6Classic-Single opamps, made by Burson Audio and widely regarded as some of the best audio opamps in the world. The opamps alone have a retail value of $265. With this combination, the Play sounds dynamic, transparent, and fast, with added warmth and texture in the vocals and higher-frequency range.

The Reviews Are In

Of the amp, Headphonias reviewer says, “This thing is insanely powerful. It will shake Susvara. It rumbles up Dekoni Blue. And as far as I’ve tested, at no volume setting, under any load stress, it is clean and free of IMD." 


  • Version: V5i
  • Input impedance: 35 kohms
  • Frequency response: +/- 1 dB 0–35 kHz
  • THD: <0.2%
  • Output impedance (head amp): 8 ohms
  • Output impedance (pre-out): 35 ohms
  • Inputs: USB
  • Outputs: RCA preamp / headphone jack
  • Dimension: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.8 in (210 x 145 x 45 mm)
  • Approx. weight: 4.4 lbs (2 kg)

Impedance (Headphone Jack)

  • 16 ohms at 2 W
  • 32 ohms at 1 W
  • 100 ohms at 0.32 W
  • 150 ohms at 0.2 W
  • 300 ohms at 0.1 W

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

  • 92 dB at 99% separation
  • 95 dB at 99% separation
  • 94 dB at 99% separation
  • 96 dB at 99% separation
  • 94 dB at 99.5% separation


  • Channel separation: 132 dB at 1 kHz, 122 dB at 20 kHz
  • THD + N: 0.0015% at 1 kHz, 0 dBFS


  • Desktop OS: Win XP, 7, 8, 10 Mac OSX
  • Mobile OS: iOS and Android (OTG support)
  • PCM and DXD support: PCM 384 kHz up to 32 bits
  • Native DSD: Native DSD 64 / 128 / 256
  • DSD over PCM: DoP64 / DoP128 / DoP256


  • Remote
  • DC power supply
  • USB Cable
  • ¼ in (6.3 mm) adapter
  • RCA interconnects


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Dec 21, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.