The main focus of the 089 belt-drive CD player is the perfect blend of sound, innovation, and design. In near ideal fashion, the top-loading player unites the latest developments with proven technology and a timeless, stylish appearance. For many years now the belt-drive system, developed by Burmester, in combination with sample rate conversion and cutting-edge D/A conversion has set the standards worldwide in CD playback. Inspired by analog turntables the belt-drive system for CD players completely decouples the laser pickup from any vibration of the drive motor. The audible result of the high-precision data readout is an astonishing degree of musicality and spaciousness.
The Burmester-typical chrome front panel characterizes the visual appearance of the 089 CD player. Feeding a CD into the top loader with its smoothly sliding cover is by itself a high-end experience. The vibration-absorbing feet with carbon fiber damping for optimal mechanical decoupling are another link to the Reference Line. The belt-drive unit is encapsulated in a massive low-resonance chamber. All this contributes to the open, airy and detailed musicality Burmester components are renowned for.
Like all Burmester components the 089 CD player is hand-assembled by highly trained technicians in the Berlin factory. Almost all subassemblies are purchased from German suppliers because Burmester takes the quality label “Made in Germany” very seriously. Each unit has to pass a multifaceted testing and adjustment procedure before shipping to ensure that it is in perfect condition.