Burmester 808 Mk5 Pre-amplifier

808 MK5

PREAMPLIFIER

For Reference Line

Now in its fifth generation, our internationally acclaimed 808 preamplifier is still unrivaled in terms of sound quality and uniqueness of features. This preamplifier has now been in production for 30+ years with an excellent reputation in highly regarded audio magazines.

Preamplifier

Since its introduction in August of 1980, the 808 preamplifier has garnered international acclaim. Now in its fifth generation, it has successfully defended its position as a reference component in highly regarded audio magazines all over the world. This extraordinary preamplifier has now been in production for over 30 years and has still to be met by its equal in respect to its sound quality and scope of features. The modular design of the 808  was revolutionary during the time of its introduction and  has lost none of its appeal in the MK5 version more than 25 years later. On the basis of its original design, subsequent generations have the latest in technological innovations incorporated. This has not only kept this audiophile instrument on the cutting edge of development but it has helped to define new trends in musical reproduction.

PRODUCT IMPRESSIONS

Detailed impressions of the 808.

The 808 MK5 makes use of characteristic design elements of the Reference Line and is instantly recognisable as a typical Burmester product.

MANUFACTURE

Design

When fully equipped, the top of the preamp shows an impressive array of up to 20 special potentiometers and a number of toggle switches on top of chromed and engraved cover plates. This points out the sheer unlimited usability of the 808 as a control center for an audio system, whether at home or in a professional setting. Three large rotary dials for input selection and volume settings dominate the high-gloss chrome front. These stepped attenuators dial into every setting with a positive and pleasing click. With its latest-generation external power supply the 808 MK5 cements its status as an international icon in high-end audio.

 

Handmade

Burmester originally developed the 808 not only to play music but as a top-notch instrument to directly compare the sound of different pickup systems. Thus, from the beginning new thinking, innovative engineering and hand-selected highest quality components went into this preamplifier. That has never changed. Each 808 MK5 is carefully assembled in the Berlin factory. Each single input and output module is built with the same precision and has to pass muster in a final multi-tiered quality control.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Weight 22 kg (48.5 lbs)
Width 482 mm (19.1“)
Height 175 mm (6.9“)
Depth 385 mm (15“)/td>
Inputs max. 4 XLR / 8 RCA
Input phono optional MM / MC
Head phone jack
Outputs 2 XLR, 2 RCA,
2 tape out, (1 XLR, 1 RCA)
Module slots Input: 6, Output: 2
Optional modules Phono MC / MM, Line
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What we Say:

The Burmester 808 is one of the longest serving products in the Burmester range. It is part of the Reference line range of components. Now in it’s Mk5 guise it is a design based purely on performance. The best sounding Pre-amplifier Burmester currently make. Modular in nature and stunning and unique in appearance.

 

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Burmester 808 Mk5 Pre-amplifier.

808 MK5

PREAMPLIFIER

For Reference Line

Now in its fifth generation, our internationally acclaimed 808 preamplifier is still unrivaled in terms of sound quality and uniqueness of features. This preamplifier has now been in production for 30+ years with an excellent reputation in highly regarded audio magazines.

Preamplifier

Since its introduction in August of 1980, the 808 preamplifier has garnered international acclaim. Now in its fifth generation, it has successfully defended its position as a reference component in highly regarded audio magazines all over the world. This extraordinary preamplifier has now been in production for over 30 years and has still to be met by its equal in respect to its sound quality and scope of features. The modular design of the 808  was revolutionary during the time of its introduction and  has lost none of its appeal in the MK5 version more than 25 years later. On the basis of its original design, subsequent generations have the latest in technological innovations incorporated. This has not only kept this audiophile instrument on the cutting edge of development but it has helped to define new trends in musical reproduction.

PRODUCT IMPRESSIONS

Detailed impressions of the 808.

The 808 MK5 makes use of characteristic design elements of the Reference Line and is instantly recognisable as a typical Burmester product.

MANUFACTURE

Design

When fully equipped, the top of the preamp shows an impressive array of up to 20 special potentiometers and a number of toggle switches on top of chromed and engraved cover plates. This points out the sheer unlimited usability of the 808 as a control center for an audio system, whether at home or in a professional setting. Three large rotary dials for input selection and volume settings dominate the high-gloss chrome front. These stepped attenuators dial into every setting with a positive and pleasing click. With its latest-generation external power supply the 808 MK5 cements its status as an international icon in high-end audio.

 

Handmade

Burmester originally developed the 808 not only to play music but as a top-notch instrument to directly compare the sound of different pickup systems. Thus, from the beginning new thinking, innovative engineering and hand-selected highest quality components went into this preamplifier. That has never changed. Each 808 MK5 is carefully assembled in the Berlin factory. Each single input and output module is built with the same precision and has to pass muster in a final multi-tiered quality control.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Weight 22 kg (48.5 lbs)
Width 482 mm (19.1“)
Height 175 mm (6.9“)
Depth 385 mm (15“)/td>
Inputs max. 4 XLR / 8 RCA
Input phono optional MM / MC
Head phone jack
Outputs 2 XLR, 2 RCA,
2 tape out, (1 XLR, 1 RCA)
Module slots Input: 6, Output: 2
Optional modules Phono MC / MM, Line