Burmester 088 Preamplifier


The Burmester 088 preamplifier is simple and intuitively operated for a relaxed listening experience. Following the long-established Burmester tradition, it perfectly melds high-quality sound with attractive visual experience.

Its operation is simple and intuitive and guarantees a relaxed listening experience. As a member of the Burmester preamplifier family, it profits greatly from technological and engineering advances that mark, for example, the performance of the Reference Line preamp 077. Among them are the proven dual-mono design for optimal channel separation, resonance-damping carbon fiber suspension for best insulation from mechanical interferences and DC-coupled signal paths without distorting capacitors for precise bass reproduction.


  • Dual-mono design for maximum channel separation
  • Completely DC-coupled without capacitors in the signal path
  • 5 balanced inputs (XLR 3pol.), can be used as unbalanced inputs via adapter if required
  • Seamless integration into home theatre systems using the surround thruput terminal
  • D/A converter module (optional), with S/P-DIF input (cinch) and USB slave input, 069 DAC-technology with upsampling to 96kHz and 192kHz selectable
  • Input sensitivity can be adjusted individually for every input from - 6dB to +12dB, therefore disruptive volume leaps when the inputs are changed are avoided
  • Phase reversal of inputs for a flexible connection of devices with other devices with differing PIN-configuration of the XLR-plugs
  • 1 balanced output with volume control (MAIN OUT), XLR 3pol.
  • 1 balanced TAPE-Output, XLR 3pol., with fixed volume for analogue tape recordings
  • Output amplification for MAIN OUT selectable between LOW and HIGH for the adjustment for connected power amps or active speakers
  • operating controls can be switched off on the device in order to prevent maloperation (child-proof lock)
  • Volume balance is adjustable for customized acoustics
  • Volume setting at activation can be programmed
  • Volume control and volume indication in steps from 1-60 or dB-steps
  • Brightness of display can be adjusted in four Stepps, display-off function
  • Power controlling of other Burmester devices, Master/Slave via DC IN/OUT
  • Vibration-isolating feet with carbon fibre clips for ideal resonance decoupling
  • Fully DC-coupled without distorting capacitors in the signal path for a precise bass reproduction
  • Dual-mono design for maximum channel separation
  • Latest, wear-free Burmester CMOS technology for switching of inputs
  • Latest CPU technology (ensures capability for future upgrades of controlling unit)

For an individual configuration the 088 provides a module slot for an optional Phono MC3 or MM2 module, or D/A converter. When no optional module is ordered, the 088 is equipped with a Line module as standard, and therefore has an additional unbalanced high level input.

All inputs may be named individually. The coding via remote control is facilitated by an intelligent assignment assistance. The established dual-mono assembly has been brought to perfection and minimizes effects caused by crosstalk between the channels. The multilayer assembly of the circuit boards minimizes negative effects caused by crosstalk on the inputs.


    Two large rotary dials for input selection and volume control dominate the classic chrome front panel of the 088 preamplifier. Different operating modes may be selected using chromed toggle switches on the front panel. The engraved Burmester signature and the model moniker above the power switch, which can be used to switch the 088 on, off or into standby mode, round out the visuals. The rear panel offers the full range of possible connections.


    The exquisite chrome front panel, typical for Burmester’s Top Line components, is manufactured in a complex process by carefully chosen suppliers. It immediately indicates the overall built quality relying on highest-quality parts. Even the small screws for bolting the front panel to the housing are individually chrome-plated and checked for perfect quality.


    9 kg (19.8 lbs)
    Width 482 mm (19“)
    96 mm (3.9“)
    346 mm (13.6“)
    Inputs 6 XLR / 1 RCA
    Phono inputs optional MM / MC
    Outputs 1 XLR, 1 Tape out (XLR)
    Head phone jack 1x 6.3 mm
    Module slots 1
    Optional modules Phono MC / MM, DAC, Line

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