Please call Dave to set up an appointment! 508-331-4190 to visit our studio
088 Preamplifier

The 088 preamplifier perfectly melds high-quality sound with attractive visual appearance. 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.


Since 1977 Burmester Audiosysteme has been manufacturing high-end audio components of unsurpassed quality. From the very beginning, the objective has been to create a perfect blend of highest-quality sound, technological innovation, and timeless design. Highly trained technicians assemble all Burmester components by hand in its Berlin factory. Because “Made in Germany” is a label that is taken very seriously by Burmester. Burmester’s research and development department constantly strive to not only keep up with the latest advances but to set its own trends and standards. From the first design sketch via a number of prototypes to the final product shipped from the Berlin factory: each component that bears the Burmester name has been developed in its entirety in-house. As an audio pioneer, Burmester has created a number of legendary components that have become icons of the high-end audio universe.

Burmester considers himself as a guardian and mediator of our musical heritage. The innovative technologies and the highest-quality parts used in the audio components ultimately serve only one purpose, namely, to give full access to the music. By listening to recordings of Elvis Presley, Herbert von Karajan or the Beatles you can bring the full spirit of music into your living room that no concert stage in the world can offer you anymore.

· 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
· Module slot for one optional module:
     o Line module (standard), with unbalanced high level input, cinch
     o Phono MC3 module (optional), with balanced input, XLR 3pol., input sensitivity and input resistance can be programmed for an ideal adjustment to the pickup,
 shiftable subsonic filter
     o Phono MM2 module (optional), with balanced input, XLR 3pol., input sensitivity and input resistance can be programmed for ideal adjustment to the pickup, shiftable subsonic filter
     o 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, 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., equipped with X-AMP2 modules, which have already proven their quality in the Reference 077 Preamplifier
· 1 balanced TAPE-Output, XLR 3pol., with fixed volume for analogue tape recordings
· 1 headphone jack, 6,3mm (1/4“)
· Output amplification for MAIN OUT selectable between LOW and HIGH for the adjustment for connected power amps or active speakers
· Global SETUP-Menu for individual adjustment of basic functions:
     o Input sensitivity adjustable for every input from -6dB to +12dB
     o Custom labelling of programmable inputs
     o serial number can be read out in display if desired
     o operating controls can be switched off on the device in order to prevent maloperation (child-proof lock)
     o factory settings can be restored at any time
· Separate SETUP-Menu for individual adjustment of special functions:
     o Volume balance is adjustable for customized acoustics
     o 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)
· BURLINK for external control via RS-232 and USB as standard
· Remote control available as optional accessory



· 5 x balanced (unbalanced via adapter)
· 1 x Surround Thruput
· 1 x Module
     o LINE (unbalanced) (standard)
     o Phono MM2 (optional)
     o Phono MC3 (optional)
     o DAC Module (RCA + USB) (optional)


· 1 x balanced (MAIN OUT)
· 1 x balanced (TAPE)
· 1 x headphone jack
Remote IN/OUT      for remote controling of other BURMESTERdevices
BurLink                       for external controling via RS-323 and USB


Width/ Height / Depth       482 mm/ 95 mm/ 345mm
                                         19”/ 3.74”/ 13.58” (without plugs)
Weight:                             appr. 9,5 kg
                                         appr. 21 lbs

Stay up to date with the news
If you want to receive the news about our updates, subscribe now and always stay informed!