The unit up for sale is slightly used (less than 30 days of use).
The Beresford TC-7520SEG Caiman is the combination of the Caiman DAC and Caiman power supply, the amazing sounding Gator Audio PCB, and the highly rated AD826 operational amplifier. Each part of this combination is renowned for a high level of musical performance. Together, they offer an unbeatable level of performance versus price.
Each Beresford Caiman is individually modified and assembled by hand, before undergoing a test session. Such level of workmanship is unheard of in the DAC market at this price point. But it ensures that each one of the limited quantity production run is built to the highest standard and care.
The new generations of high-end headphones have up to now only been able to operate properly on expensive stand-alone headphone amplifiers. The TC-7520SEG headphone amplifier section is fitted with the AD826 opamp, which is capable of driving even the latest range of high-end headphones and reproduce musical detail that these new headphones are capable of.
Wolfson DAC Chip (WM8716 - 64x oversampling): The majority of high-end consumer DAC chips are only 8x oversampling types. The Caiman DAC chip is only matched or surpassed by the DSP based DAC chips. As far as we know, the Caiman is the first and only DAC that makes sole use of the latest 64x oversampling technology in an affordable consumer aimed product.
Beresford TC-7520 Caiman
Digital Filter Circuit: There has been much debate as to how much damage is done to the audio signal by the various analogue filtering networks that are found in a DAC. The new 64x oversampling technology used in the Beresford Caiman relies instead on a digital filter. This makes the Caiman the less prone to anti alaiasing filter residues and noise.
Recording Studio Specification Audio Operational Amplifiers (AD826): The 64x oversampling technology requires a far higher slew rate from the audio chips in the signal path if the extra speed, detail, and accuracy of the decoded signal is to be maintained at the RCA/PHONO and headphone socket output of the Caiman. THD + N figures are a mere 0.00003%.
Class-A headphone amplifier circuit: The new generations of high-end headphones have up to now only been able to operate properly on expensive stand-alone headphone amplifiers. The Caiman inbuilt headphone amplifier is designed to drive even the latest range of high-end headphones and reproduce musical detail that these new headphones are capable of.
USB Input (PCM2902): Latest generation USB input with professional performance levels that finally brings USB audio into mainstream HIFI audio applications. Several times better performance compared to the level entry PCM2702 that is commony found in a large number of USB capable Digital to Analogue Converters.
24-Bit/96-kHz DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)
Digital Coaxial and Optical inputs
16-Bit/48-kHz DAC - USB input
USB 1.1/2.0 Port (Windows 7/Vista/XP/NT/2000, Mac OS X, Linux)
Digital Coaxial Ports (RCA - SPDIF)
Digital Optical Port (TOSLINK)
Line (Fixed) Analog Output
Amp (Variable) Analog Output
Warranty: 30 day warranty from date of purchase. Only parts and labor are included, not shipping costs.