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Burmester 032 Integrated Amplifier and B25 Tower Speakers Review Alhambra CA

While most top-tier audio manufacturers compete in one or two product categories, Burmester offers complete systems: CD players, digital-to-analog converters, surround processors, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, powerline conditioners, speakers and equipment racks. So I imagine most Burmester 032 and B25 owners will probably add a Burmester CD player, such as the 061 ($13,995) and maybe even a 931 FM tuner ($9,995).

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Burmester 032 Integrated Amplifier and B25 Tower Speakers Review

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June 8, 2009 By Steve Guttenberg

Truth and Soul

I’ll never forget the very first time I heard a Burmester amplifier. It was 20-something years ago, and the rather svelte Burmester Model 878 was being compared with a muscle bound, high-end American amp.

The American amp sounded like a really good hi-fi, and it was more powerful, but the Burmester sounded more musical. It had more soul; the music was simply more alive and realistic sounding over the Burmester.

I’ve heard other Burmesters over the years at various shows and high-end stores, but I never had one at home, until now.
Burmester 032 Integrated Amplifier

Burmester is based in Berlin, Germany. For this review, the U.S. importer, Audiophile Systems, sent Burmester’s latest generation B25 speakers, teamed up with the 032 stereo integrated amplifier. The duo’s wondrous design detailing is, even by the most exalted high-end standards, beautiful.

While most top-tier audio manufacturers compete in one or two product categories, Burmester offers complete systems: CD players, digital-to-analog converters, surround processors, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, powerline conditioners, speakers and equipment racks. So I imagine most Burmester 032 and B25 owners will probably add a Burmester CD player, such as the 061 ($13,995) and maybe even a 931 FM tuner ($9,995).

All of the 032 amplifier’s controls and input selector buttons are mounted on its centrally located, chrome-plated, solid-brass front panel.

Burmester 032 Integrated AmplifierThe amplifier’s front and sides are covered by gorgeously machined heat sinks. They provide optimal cooling for the stereo 240 watt per channel amplifier’s output transistors, eliminating the need for noisy fans.

My 032 sample was shipped with a clear acrylic cover, so I could more easily admire the amplifier’s interior build quality.

The standard top cover is a more discreet metal plate, but the optional fully chromed top elevates the 032’s good looks to the stratosphere. Burmester components fully decked out in chrome are a startling sight to behold.

The 032’s mirrored surfaces will reflect your room’s color and lighting, so the electronics disappear more than the average high-end component. The chrome finish dates back to Burmester’s earliest models, which makes it easy to mix and match different vintages of gear. The look is at once modern and timeless.

Each assembled 032 is run through a 300-point computer test regime. The amplifier is then played for a solid week and put through the complete 300-point testing process again. The first and second test results must be identical before the amp moves on to final testing. Each Burmester component must also pass a rigorous listening test before it can leave the factory.

The 032 features set includes bass and treble tone controls, fully balanced circuitry and minimal overall feedback to ensure the purest possible sound quality. One curious omission, the 032 doesn’t come with a remote control — it’s an extra-cost option.

The amp’s posterior hosts a small...

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