Single Test: Preamplifier 077 by Burmester

Dieter Burmester brings the legend: the preamplifier 077 is homage to the trend-setting 777 with the best of 30 years high end made in Berlin.

  1. Single test: Preamplifier 077 by Burmester
  2. Data sheet

Burmesters 077 quoting technical, haptic and optical the legendary 777, the preamplifier with the success story of the eloquent entrepreneurs began more than 30 years ago. Already in 1977, the smart engineering put on innovative technical solutions such as symmetrical structure with XLR connectors from the Studio technique, an elaborate volume control with discrete resistors or the level matching between different sources.

The low-loss input switching relay drove Burmester in the new 077 with CMOS switches even further on the tip. In an interview, Burmester had however hinted that this technique is not easy to master. Such improvements are “Peanuts” with 8000 lines against the course – to stay in the language of the target audience of top bankers and managers – software of programmed multi-room and home networking.

The 077 is about media control system like Crestron and AMX control. The modular design offers more flexibility. Aside from his six balanced line level inputs, you can extend the 077 through an optional input module. Popular customer request Burmester offers the 069 to direct connect digital sources also MM and MC-Phonomodule next to the converter module with upsampling technology.

In the tested 077, a phono module for moving coil cartridge performed his service. Charge the well-heeled customer receives for 2000 euros for a meticulous impedance matching and automatic compensation of channel differences of the pickup. The single measurement automatic recycled while the 1-kHz reference tone of a test LP contributed by Clearaudio turntable specialist. The sophisticated control software allows the reprogramming of the second XLR output of the fixed connectors to the adjustable second preamplifier output. The high-performance X-Amp2 amp levels be reserved for the main output.

Who wants to rise the preamplifier between the 011 and the flagship 808-based slightly cheaper with leadership consistently DC coupled signal without affecting the sound of capacitors in the signal path, can omit the external power supply. In the standard version, the right housing section uses the mehrstöckig built 077 for an integrated power supply. Thus the basic price on 20_000 you can click on euro. In the full version, the on-board rules to stabilize power sitting in place of the power supply.

Not only the twist of the extremely fed up with current buttons for source selection and volume, also the extremely clear and crisp sound of 077 aroused memories of a time when men were sitting after work not yet on the PC or in the gym.

Also, the hybrid electrostatic Summit X Martin Logan, which were controlled by two monoblocs Electrocompaniet AW 400 spread special flair. Already after the first bars from Tori Amos’ new album “ancestry maternal to sin” (UMG) a pleasant shiver ran down the back. A hugely realistic presence of 077 gave the American songwriter. Each breathing, every movement behind the microphone left to understand.

Also, those high neutrality for the Burmester preamp enjoy high reputation has always been evident. Finest Hochtongespinnste dissolved effortlessly anniversary model. Very tired, the spacious, generously dimensioned sound rounded off the 077 down with a very voluminous bass.

With the live recording of “my flame burns blue” by Elvis Costello and the Metropole ORKEST (DG), his whole tone color palette could drive the 077. After switching on the reference Accuphase C-2810 won “almost ideal eyes” in pace and focus. In addition to a plus in attack and bass contour plastic-looking Japanese showed more room information. Hall and voice to a special aura, which should surely see many fans as something merged the 077. Despite all the modern technology, Burmester remains so also tonally true after more than 30 years.

Burmester 077

Manufacturer Burmester
Price €31000.00
Rating 130.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 45.0 x 16.0 x 34.5 cm
Weight 28.0 kg
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other color.
Remote control / remote control / Adaptive / /
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 7 / 6
Digital inputs RCA 0
XLR / optical 0 / 0
Digital outputs RCA / optical / XLR 0 / 0 / 0
Recorder connections (a / from) 1
Processor input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Preout XLR 2
Headphone Jack
Measured values
Immunity gaps (A weighted) Line RCA / XLR –
Noise phono MM / MC – / –
Line RCA / XLR – / –
very versatile noble preamplifier with spatially differentiated sound
Sound MM
Sound MC 125
Sound RCA 125
Sound XLR 130
Facilities outstanding
Operation well
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment well over 130
Price / performance well
tested in issue: 7 / 09