Burl Audio BDA8

8-channel D-to-A Converter Card for Burl B80 Mothership Chassis
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Add D-to-A Conversion to Your B80 Mothership Rack!

Note: This is an 8-channel digital-to-analog conversion module for a Burl Audio B80 Mothership system. It must be installed in a B80 Mothership chassis to function.

Part of Burl's flexible B80 Mothership system, the BDA8 digital-to-analog converter module gives you eight channels of ultra-high-quality analog audio output. Its conversion circuitry is extremely accurate, flawlessly recreating chest-thumping lows, breathtaking highs, and magnificently detailed stereo images. But the key to the BDA8 D-to-A module (and, in fact, the whole B80 Mothership system) is Burl Audio's extreme focus on the analog signal path, which rivals the topography of any high-end piece of analog gear. So, whether you're sending signal to your favorite outboard gear or to your studio monitors, the sound you get from the Burl Audio BDA8 is second to none.

Burl Audio BDA8 Digital-to-analog Converter Module at a Glance:
  • Incredible D-to-A conversion
  • Audiophile-quality analog signal path
  • Total modular convenience
Incredible D-to-A conversion

Burl Audio based the circuitry inside the BDA8 on their highly acclaimed B2 Bomber DAC - a phenomenal-sounding 2-channel D-to-A converter found in many high-end professional studios. Powered by an ultra-low-jitter clock that's locked in sync with the rest of your B80 Mothership, these converters more than stand up to any dedicated, professional-quality digital-to-analog converters out there. What's more, the BDA8 gives you a total of eight channels of conversion, all packed into an affordable, compact module.

Audiophile-quality analog signal path

Many professional D-to-A converters fall short when it comes to the analog side of the process, providing you with excellent digital accuracy but unnaturally sterile sound. That's what inspired Burl Audio to develop the unique signal path in the BDA8. Using an entirely Class A, discrete-transistors-based signal path with no capacitors, the BDA8 provides you with both clarity and the extremely high headroom required to respond smoothly to highly dynamic audio. When you hear the BDA8 in action, you'll think "natural" not "digital."

Total modular convenience

Part of the beauty of the BDA8 and the B80 Mothership system as a whole is its incredible modular flexibility, which lets you fit a ton of digital conversion into just a few rackspaces. That's great, because once you hear Burl's converters in action, you'll want to run every channel of your mixes through them! Need a system for summing? No problem! Just load up your B80 Mothership chassis with a few BDA8 modules and you have all the D-to-A conversion you need. How about a tracking system with the capacity for monitoring in 7.1? All you need is a single BDA8 8-channel D-to-A converter and a handful of BAD4 4-channel A-to-D modules. And with other exciting new modules on the way, you'll find endless uses for your Burl Audio B80 Mothership system.

Burl Audio BDA8 Digital-to-analog Converter Module Features:
  • 8 channels of extremely high-quality digital-to-analog conversion for your Burl Audio B80 Mothership system
  • Topography based closely on the popular Burl B2 Bomber DAC
  • Professional-quality digital-to-analog conversion controlled by an extremely low jitter clock
  • Proprietary BURL BOPA2 capacitor-less Class A analog circuit design features discrete op-amps for phenomenal audio quality
  • Front-panel signal and clipping LED indicators let you keep an eye on your levels
  • Conforms to 6 master sample rate settings, including 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz
  • 8 channels of balanced output on a single standard DB-25 DSUB connector
  • Proudly made in the USA
Add 8 channels of amazing D-to-A conversion to your B80 Mothership with a Burl Audio BDA8!

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Tech Specs

Channels 8
D to A Yes
Sample Rate 44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz/176.4kHz/192kHz
Bit Depth 24-bit
Analog Outputs 8 on DB25
Digital Inputs Bus input
Clock Inputs Bus clock
Clock Outputs Bus clock
Rack Spaces Modular (part of B80 Mothership)
Manufacturer Part Number BDA8

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Thomas Leahy

I recently did a massive upgrade to my studio, and I decided to go with a Burl Audio B80 Mothership system. I've shot out a lot of upper-end converters, and most have subtle differences at best. For my inputs, I have the BAD4 cards which have a proprietary Burl BX1 transformer on the input stage, which allows me to drive the signal as I track or print sources. On the flip side, their BDA8 is the most transparent digital-to-analog converter I've heard on the market. Together, this system delivers the most musical sounding I/O I've ever heard, and it has reinvented mixing for me.
See also: A/D Converters, Burl Audio, Burl Audio AD/DA Converters, Burl Audio Misc Digital Converters