Since its introduction in August of 1980 the 808 preamplifier has garnered international acclaim. Now in its fifth generation, it has successfully defended its position as reference component in highly regarded audio magazines all over the world. This extraordinary preamplifier has now been in production for over 30 years and it has still no equal with respect to sound quality and the scope of its features. The modular design of the 808 MK5 was revolutionary at its introduction and it has lost none of its appeal more than 25 years later. On the basis of its original design later generations have incorporated the latest in technological innovation. This has not only kept this audiophile instrument on the cutting edge of development but it has helped to define new trends in musical reproduction.
When fully equipped the top of the preamp shows an impressive array of up to 20 special potentiometers and a number of toggle switches on top of chromed, engraved cover plates. This immediately points to the almost unlimited usability of the 808 as the control center of an audio system, whether at home or in a professional setting. Three large rotary dials for input selection and volume settings dominate the high-gloss chrome front. These stepped attenuators dial into every setting with a positive and pleasing click. With its latest-generation external power supply the 808 MK5 cements its status as an international icon in high-end audio.
Burmester originally developed the 808 not only to play music but as a top-notch instrument to directly compare the sound of different pickup systems. Thus, from the beginning new thinking, innovative engineering and hand-selected highest quality components went into this preamplifier. That has never changed. Each 808 MK5 is carefully assembled in the Berlin factory. Each single input and output module is built with the same precision and has to pass muster in a final multi-tiered quality control.