Top Line : 911 MK3 Power Amplifier :
Comes with basic power cord Top condition and was recently factory serviced by a Burmester authorized service center.
Two available can be bridged ((( SOLD EACH ))) if purchased "together (sold each)"we will include: No Charge two custom, mil spec, solid sliver Y cables for Mono Block operation.
CAUTION Monoblock operation is only possible from balanced sources...Rated power is 350 WPC into 4 ohms in stereo and 770 Mono Blocked."
Burmester Amplifier technology has always been one of the core competences of
Burmester Audiosysteme. Like all our high-end amplifiers, power
amplifiers are constructed in a symmetrical way and are entirely
DC-coupled. A typical feature of Burmester power amplifiers is their
extremely high damping factor. In combination with a wide class-A range
this allows every connected loudspeaker to perform at its very best. In
the power amplifier segment, the Burmester produces a balanced variety
that ranges from its monumental flagship to its “tiniest” unit. On
account of their gigantic volume, Burmester power amplifiers are
absolutely top of the line in the field of amplifier construction.
The design of the 911 MK3 power amplifier represents the
perfect blend of form and function. The silver anodized housing elements
and aluminum cooling fins in typical Burmester design are recognized
for their stylishness and timeless beauty. The fins work as perfect heat
sinks and make certain that the power amp is able to pump out maximum
performance on command without strain. The chrome plated triangle with
the curved manufacturer’s signature on top of the chrome plated front
trim leave no doubt that this is a genuine member of the Burmester power
amp family. The lid with the large milled Burmester signature has
proven so popular that it is now offered as an option for other company
Like all Burmester components the 911 MK3 power amplifier is
hand-assembled in the Berlin factory. All parts and components that are
used for Burmester power amps are measured and selected to very tight
tolerances. This is considered necessary to ensure the best-quality
build, reliable operation and value-retention over many years. The
aluminum fins of the heat sinks, which give Burmester power amps their
distinctive appearance, are manufactured by a Berlin supplier on
especially developed tools. Most of the other components are also bought
from local top-tier suppliers. This is the basis for Burmester to
ensure uncompromising manufacturing quality and long-lasting reliability
for which the brand is well known. Tone Audio Burmester 911 mk.3 Perfection
Rave review @http://www.tonepublications.com/review/burmester-911mk-3/
I’ve probably listened to a thousand amplifiers in the past
25 years and have easily owned at least 75-100 in search for the perfect
balance of tonality, dynamics and reliability. Proponents of every
different amplifier topology have their reasons why their pet choice is
“the best,” forsaking all others in the process. But the main argument
usually comes down to the tube camp vs. the solid-state camp.
While I’ve always loved vacuum tubes, I have different requirements
than the average listener who may only turn on his or her system for a
few hours a week. With a reference system that is usually playing at
least 12 hours a day, the tube game can get tiring in a hurry,
especially when you’ve chased down some unobtanium tubes for your pride and joy.
If you’ve fallen under the spell of a great vacuum-tube power
amplifier, it’s hard to wipe the experience out of your memory bank;
that tonal delicacy and three-dimensional, airy presentation is indeed
seductive. It’s the same for the best examples of the solid-state camp
with bottomless dynamics, weight and bass grip that you can’t get on the
other side of the fence.
I’m happy to report that you can have it all in one box: the
Burmester 911 mk.3. It’s not inexpensive. Current MSRP on a 911 mk.3
is $29,995. If you’re anything like me, you’ve already thrown half of
that price tag away over the past 10 years, swapping amplifiers in and
out of your system. A couple of thousand here, another thousand there,
and pretty soon you’ve flushed a year’s worth of your kids’ college
tuition down the drain. And you’re still not quite happy. I know that
feeling all too well, and I’m right there with you.
Sixty seconds to music
The 911 mk.3 couldn’t be easier to set up. This 90-pound amplifier
is covered with heatsinks on all four sides, so don’t play catch with
it. The powder-coated silver aluminum case has a pair of handles on the
rear panel that makes it easy to move into place on your rack of
There is a pair of balanced XLR inputs, a 15-amp IEC socket for the
power cord of your choice and binding posts with gigantic plastic wing
nuts that make it a snap to attach the beefiest speaker cables you can
imagine. A pair of 12-volt trigger outlets is provided to allow the 911
mk.3 to be turned on from your preamp, if it is so equipped. I’ve
never shut off the 911 mk.3 since it’s been here, so while handy, it’s
not been necessary. The front panel has a single power switch with
power-on and standby LED’s. Plug it in, turn it on and enjoy.
Built to take it
Much like the black Porsche 911 turbo in Bad Boys, the
Burmester 911 mk. 3 crashed into my life. While awaiting the delivery
of the 911 and the companion Burmester 011 preamplifier, I received a
phone call. “Is this TONEAudio Magazine?” “Yes…” “Great, I have a
damaged palette that I found in the middle of the street with your
companies’ name on what’s left of the label. Give me your address and
I’ll be right over.”
At this moment I was horrified that the 911mk.3 and the 011 were
destroyed and my relationship with Burmester was not getting off to a
great start. Twenty minutes later, a very nice man from Northwest Gas
arrived with a palette in the back of his pickup truck that looked as if
it had been dropped out of an airplane.
Upon inspection, the 011 was without a scratch and the 911 mk.3 only
had a slight dent in the left corner of the top faceplate. Nothing
sounded loose internally, and upon plugging them both in, they worked
perfectly! When I told Burmester’s Robb Neiman about my experience, he
said “Oh yeah, we had a pair of our speakers get dropped out of the
cargo plane at CEDIA this year. They fell 30 feet and only had a tiny
scratch. They played fine.” If this doesn’t speak volumes about the
rock-solid build quality of Burmester, take a peek inside the chassis
where everything is massively built and tidily tucked in place.
The essence of musicality
During the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to use the 911
mk.3 with about 20 different pairs of speakers, all with excellent
results. But the bulk of the review listening was done with the Verity
Audio Sarastro II, the MartinLogan CLX, the GamuT S-7 and recently the
YG Acoustics Anat II Studio. All world-class speakers in their own
right and all of them have given their best performance with the 911
I’ve also had about 20 amplifiers come through my listening room,
either for review by me or on their way to someone else on the TONEAudio
staff. All great amplifiers to be sure, but every time I put the 911
mk.3 back in the system, I always felt like I was back home.
The best way to describe the 911 mk.3 (and for that matter all the
Burmester electronics I’ve heard) is complete neutrality and complete
lack of grain. As I’ve mentioned in the 082 integrated review, everyone
who has heard the 911 mk.3 always makes the comment that it does not
sound like solid-state amplification, nor does it sound like tubes.
I’ve never heard an amplifier that does a better job of getting out of
the way of the music than the 911 mk.3.
The bass is powerful and articulate, the mids seamless and smooth,
and the highs are extended, not harsh, grainy nor forced in any way.
When working on a review of the vintage Mark Levinson no.23, it reminded
me of how that amplifier had a midrange that was pushed slightly
forward. A few other solid-state amplifiers exhibited an artificial
quality to the midrange or high frequencies that always left me thinking
“pretty good for solid-state.” This thought never went through my head
while listening to the Burmester amplifier.
Three of my favorite large solid-state power amplifiers – the CJ
Premier 350 (my previous reference for almost five years), the McIntosh
MC1.2KW monoblocks and the SimAudio Moon W-7 monoblocks – each have more
power than the 911 mk.3. But at the end of the day, none had the
complete neutrality, lack of grain and smoothness that the Burmester
When playing my MartinLogan CLX’s at insane levels, I found my self
wishing for a touch more power, but that was really pushing it. Should
you find yourself at that point, you can use the 911mk.3 as a mono
amplifier and just add a second one. I experienced a very similar
CLX-based system that used a pair of 911’s, and that was the ticket for
those who need the ultimate push over the cliff. Or perhaps the
top-of-the-line 909 power amplifier …
Dynamics are big fun, and so is bass grip and slam; that’s what large
solid-state power amplifiers are famous for. What continues to hold my
interest so strongly after six months with the 911 mk.3 is the way this
amplifier continues to unravel records I’ve been listening to my whole
life on a countless variety of systems.
Even with records that aren’t known for killer sonics. One day while
stuck in an early 70’s groove, I was listening to Three Dog Night’s Seven Separate Fools CD
and noticed a few layers of violins and mellotron that I’ve never heard
on “Pieces of April.” Sure, that’s a crazy music choice, but the point
is that while the 911 mk.3 is an extremely high-resolution component,
it is not one that sacrifices musicality for ultra detail, it blends
both. My favorite aspect of the Burmester gear is that it does not
transform your system into something that you can only listen to a
limited number of “audiophile approved” pressings. It brings more
enjoyment to your entire music collection.
Same thing with DEVO’s Q: Are We Not Men?, A: We Are DEVO? While
evaluating the original to the current remaster, this record took on a
whole new dimension, with the soundstage expanding in all three
dimensions. Fast forward to current releases, “Adrien” on Peter
Kruder’s (of Kruder and Dorfmeister fame) new disc, Private Collection,
starts with chimes that just float slightly to the left of the
soundstage, but the echoes travel all the way right and sound as if they
trail off behind the listening chair. Indeed, very trippy.
Another favorite disc that features very densely packed music is The Word is Out, by
Jaco Pastorius and his Big Band. This is a killer fusion album that
has a great mix of acoustic and electronic instruments with a lot going
on simultaneously. Even at high volume, Pastorius maintains his space
just slightly left of center without his bass line becoming flabby, with
the drums miked somewhat behind the plane of the speakers, while the
horns float in front of the mix, going all the way from left to right.
While at times almost impossible to describe, the 911 mk.3 is very
linear in its performance, regardless of where you have the volume
control set, until you push it so far that the soundstage flattens out,
ever so slightly. Even at this point, I wasn’t hearing any harshness or
clipping. Though the 911 mk. 3 is claimed to be heavily biased into
class-A operation, it didn’t get overly warm during normal listening,
and no matter how hard I pushed it, would not shut down.
I continue to draw the same conclusion with the 911 mk. 3. It has a
huge, three-dimensional soundstage that I would normally associate with
tubes, with the pace and drive I would normally associate with solid
state, yet the weaknesses of neither.
As good as it gets
After six months of listening day in and day out, I can find no fault
with the Burmester 911 mk.3 and am happy to say that this will become
my new reference amplifier. It was dropped off of a truck on its way to
me and I’ve often played it continuously for 24 hours day after day
when breaking in new speakers, and it’s never let me down in any way.
The 911 mk. 3 offers perfect balance in my book; it is highly
detailed and articulate, yet not harsh, and it is tremendously musical
without being dark or rolled off in any way. This is truly the best
power amplifier I have ever experienced. I can’t recommend it highly
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