Burmester Reference Line - 218 Power Amplifier

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Burmester Reference Line - 218 Power Amplifier

Power and elegance

The 218 power amplifier is visually and sonically oriented towards Burmester's flagship 159 amplifier. At the same time, the Reference Line power amplifier consistently benefits from the experience and knowledge that Burmester has derived from four decades of successful amplifier development. Power and elegance are perfectly combined behind the characteristic cooling fins. This monumental, but at the same time stylish, power amp easily handles even the most demanding loudspeakers. The almost inexhaustible power reserves lead to an impressive sovereignty in music reproduction, which is supported by an outstanding spatial resolution and musical warmth.


The design of the 218 power amp closely follows the look of the largest and most powerful mono power amp in the company’s history, the 159. The 218 inherits the clear lines and distinct appearance of Burmester's flagship amplifier. In particular, the screw-less finish of the lid and the absence of additional decorative elements emphasize this minimalistic and effective visual aspect. Despite the expansion demands of the space, this reduction to the essentials means that only a few millimetres have had to be added to the overall height compared with existing and previous models. The expansion inside is clearly recognizable by the extension of the classic Burmester heat sinks, which, however, has been largely compensated for by the minimalistic design of the lid and base plate, so that existing placement racks can continue to be used if necessary.

As a nod to the traditions of the Burmester amplifier portfolio, the familiar decorative lines that take up the course of the heat sinks can be found on the housing lid of the 218 power amplifier. The rear panel is milled from solid and closes it at a 45 degree angle of the heat sinks. A solid plate closes the case at the bottom.


In the development and manufacturing process, only the best quality components are selected to meet Burmester's exacting tolerances. In addition, several days of test runs as well as further intensive quality controls culminating in detailed final listening tests under real conditions are added. Every single assembly receives a 100% inspection according to Burmester quality standards before installation. This elaborate manufacturing process ensures that in the end the customer receives a product that is exceptional in every respect.


  • completely symmetrical design
  • optimized protection circuits outside the signal path
  • stereo and mono operation possible
  • input stages in Burmester X-Amp technology (Class A)
  • Completely DC-coupled signal path without sound-distorting capacitors in the signal path
  • Generously dimensioned power supply allows high current delivery capability
  • Effortless control of any loudspeaker due to high damping factor over the entire frequency range, even at high frequencies
  • Stable at all loads over the entire frequency range
  • Solid screw terminals for speaker cables
  • Remote on/off via Burmester devices (remote switch-on voltage: 10V DC)
  • Integration into Smart Home control possible


Device type Dual-channel power amplifier
Weight 42 kg
Width 496 mm
Height 216 mm
Depth 479 mm
Voltage ranges (Model 218-240) 230 – 240 V~, 50/60 Hz
Voltage ranges (Model 218-220) 220 V~, 50/60 Hz
Voltage ranges (Model 218-120) 110 – 120 V~, 50/60 Hz
Voltage ranges (Model 218-100) 100 V~, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption STBY (230 V) 0,46 W
Output power stereo (IEC 62368-1) at 2 Ω 400 W
Output power stereo (IEC 62368-1) at 4 Ω 275 W
Output power stereo (IEC 62368-1) at 8 Ω 165 W


  • Balanced input (stereo or mono bridge with adapter)
  • unbalanced input via adapter (adapter supplied)
  • DC input / output for remote ON/OFF
  • Remote control (remote control is optionally available)
  • BurLink interface
  • Loudspeaker outputs