I visited the Burson room because I retain a strange interest in this Australian company’s innovative discrete op-amp modules even though I am long past my DIY years. (JA has a pair of Burson's op-amp modules in for evaluation.)

What I found were some compact and well-thought-out audio components that, judging from a casual audition, deserve more attention. There was the preamplifier that, literally, glowed from within because of LEDs that let us appreciate its precise construction. New, however, was the Timekeeper Virtuoso power amplifier (est. $3450). The class-AB amp with a tailor-made 1500VA transformer offers both stereo (100Wpc into 8 ohms, 200Wpc into 4 ohms) and bridged-mono (300Wpc into 8 ohms, 600Wpc into 4 ohms) mode. It will be available early this year.