Burmester Audiosysteme was founded by electronic engineer and musician, Dieter Burmester. After constructing an amplifier that was intended for personal use, friends pursued him to use his skills professionally. Finally, when one of his friends went to the German audio press in the late 70's, Dieter’s amplifier was claimed to be one of the best ever made.
Today, Burmester is one of the most respected names in HiFi audio among customers, press and maufacturers of the highest-quality audio worldwide. Dieter still arrives in the office every morning and is fully invested in the design and manufacturing of every component as well as leading every aspect of business in the company. There are 50 employees who operate out of the manufacturing facility in Berlin, with product distributors - serving as brand advocates - in 65 countries worldwide.
Rutherford Audio Inc. proudly represents Burmester in North and Central America.
Since the introduction of the Burmester high-end Surround sound system at the time the new Porsche Panamera was launched, it has been the benchmark for factory-installed integrated car hifi systems. This status was successfully defended in the next project, the Porsche Cayenne, and in the Porsche 911 iconic sports car.
The superiority of the system is the net result of innumerable details, and of one overriding goal, and that is perfect sound.
This is the first time Mercedes Benz has worked with its new audio partner, Burmester Audiosysteme GmbH. The internationally renowned Berlin-based manufacturer of high-end sound systems impressed Mercedes Benz managers, developers and engineers with its outstanding sound and its uncompromising standards in terms of quality and pure musical experience.
More than four years of joint work went into the development of two innovative sound systems, especially designed to perfectly fit the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
In a fairly good-sized room, pairing the hefty Burmester 911 amplifier (or the larger 909) with Burmester speakers makes for highly engaging listening. But for those of us wanting the Burmester experience in a smaller room, the B10s—which are only about 15 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and 11 inches deep—deliver just that.
Comparing my Burmester 011 preamplifier to the company’s new 088 preamplifier reminded me of two other German high-performance machines I’ve sampled: Audi’s 430hp eight-cylinder R8 and its new 525hp 10-cylinder model. Both cars are outstanding and from the outside, look virtually indistinguishable. Much as you want to convince yourself that 430hp is enough, all it takes is a quick spin around the block and suddenly, you can’t live without the extra performance. The Burmester 088 is equally exciting—the minute you hear it, your perception is similarly altered.
The 111 is a big, heavy and shiny box, as befitting a product in Burmester’s Reference Line. Also as befitting Burmester – and especially Burmester’s Reference Line – it is extremely well built. Nothing is left to chance, everything is made with the sort of engineering standards that don’t happen in the home that often today.