In this month’s TAS, Anthony Cordesman reviewed the Burmester MC151 digital DAC/Server. I normally consider his reviews as generally having little or no “audio reviewer spin” in them, but this time around I felt like he was trying just a little too hard to convince readers the Burmester was very good despite the things it couldn’t do. I also thought for such an expensive product that apparently has some interesting technology in it, the readers (this one anyway) very much would have wanted to hear how Burmester was doing its digital conversion.
I’m sure it does sound very good - I’ve heard Burmester gear in the past, but what I found very interesting was his comparison to the DS. In reading a little between the lines, it sounds very much like the MC151 really didn’t overwhelm him as being superior to the DS. From the sound of his comparisons, I’m guessing he was using the PP FW. The areas he described as being not quite as good in the DS sound very much like the areas that have been improved with the Yale release. I admit I’m making a huge set of assumptions here, but one wonders how that comparison would have turned out if he was using YF. I take it as another testament to just how amazing the DS really is.