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The Reference Line CD player 069 sets the ultimate technical standard for CD playback. Cutting edge technology combined with a proprietary belt-drive system form the technical basis for providing a musical experience of the highest order. Dieter Burmester invented the belt drive for CD players in 1990 and only a year later introduced the first CD player with a belt-driven CD platter to the world market. Like an analog turntable, the belt drive in a CD player provides complete decoupling of the pick-up system, in this case the laser, from any mechanical interference by the motor drive. As a result the data on the CD is read with ultimate precision, translating into the decoding of the smallest musical detail as well as complex acoustic structures. Add to this the latest generation of DA conversion and you know that you will miss nothing on a recording: Spatial resolution, musical timbre, airy highs and deep, controlled bass.



The design of the Reference CD player is an expression of Burmester’s philosophy: understated elegance combined with cutting-edge technology and highest-quality manufacturing in a rock-solid housing. The massive construction of the Reference Line enclosures completely isolates sensitive electronics from mechanical or acoustical interference. In short, the 069 CD player is visually and sonically a world-class performer offering unlimited musical enjoyment. The only player topping this performance is the 069 with a dedicated external power supply. It sports extremely powerful toroidal-core transformers, which rigorously separate the currents supplied to the digital and analog sections.



Like all Burmester components, the belt-drive system is carefully assembled in the Berlin factory. Highly trained technicians connect the platter assembly via belt to the Swiss-made precision motor. The whole unit consists of 708 carefully selected parts, which are assembled into a work of art that has to pass muster in a multifaceted testing and adjustment procedure before shipping.

Technical Details

27 kg (59.5 lbs)
450 mm (17.8“)
156 mm (6.2“)
329 mm (13“)
DriveBelt Drive
Top Loader
Digital inputs2 RCA, 1 TOSLINK
Analog inputs1 XLR
Digital outputs1 RCA, 1 TOSLINK
Analog outputs1 XLR, 2 RCA
MMI slotyes
Remote controlledyes
Burmester X–Amp 2yes

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Test & Award

The perfect sound stands for hard work and a continuous quest for improvement. That's why we are especially honored when the international community of music enthusiasts honors our products.

The Absolute Sound: Product of the Year

USA, 2008

The Absolute Sound: Editors Choice Award

Germany, 2008

Revue du Son & du Home Cinema: Recommondé 5 Star Component

France, 2008

Image Hifi: Image Hifi Award

Germany, 2008

Audio Art: Best Performance of the Year

Taiwan, 2009

The Absolute Sound: CD Player of the Year

USA, 2009

Hifi Stars

Germany, 2011

To the Test


Great Britain, 2012

To the Test

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