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.
Lets start at the end. The Top Line 100 from Burmester is not so much a hi-fi component as a phono laboratory. It's the vinyl archivist's dream; a method of extracting the signal from a cartridge with unparalleled accuracy and allowing that signal to pass either to an amplifier or a recorder - digital or analogue.
You don’t come across many companies that have been in business for 100 years. Founded in 1883 as a manufacturer of musical boxes and clocks, Thorens started building Edison-type cylinder phonographs in 1903 and has been making turntables ever since. Although the company branched out into audio electronics in the ’90s, it remains a steadfast bearer of fine turntables. Its latest specimen is the ultra-modern TD 209, which borrows design cues from its higher-end sibling, the TD 309.
Here the 089 will give you the best possible support, for its technology is more than just impressive. Of course, the belt drive of the CD drive acts as a unique selling point – a technology which, due to its complexity, was seized on by only a few manufacturers.