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post #16 of 64
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Originally Posted by Herandu View Post
Very good review on headphonesrock. I am glad to see that it found the same things I found in the MK6.
I thought the review was good too, but found his results differ to your findings somewhat.

Firstly in that he compares it only to DACs and other equipment that he's actually heard.

And secondly he acknowledges that the 7510 is not the only DAC in this price range that presents good value.
post #17 of 64
^^ I sorta read it that way too. The reviews and the price of the unit seem to align every which way I read about the unit.

Maybe I'll come across one in a meet and face it off vs my future source purchase. (Great March II most likely, which I have a feeling will be a KILLER source.)
post #18 of 64
which is the e-mail through which i could contact stanley beresford?
post #19 of 64
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Originally Posted by Herandu View Post
The MK3 to MK5 can take a lot of modding. The MK6 seems to have many potential mods already catered for. But if you are not the solder sniffing type then the MK6 is a revelation as far as I am concerned.
I would like to be a solder sniffer except...
Upon a recommendation I tried modding the output cap on the MK4 but found it muddied the bass so I reverted back to original cap. Then there was the 13.5v PS that was supposed to be a big improvement. However nobody was able to provide me with a specific brand/model suitable for North America. Then somebody said they had tried it and it was actually worse than the original switcher. So unless somebody could provide me with detailed/reliable modding info I'd prefer leaving it to Beresford R&D
post #20 of 64
I would like to add that probably the Behringer SRC2496 is the best dac for the $$ period right now and I will be getting one of those too. My opinion is that it appears that the MK6 is a great all-in-one solution for someone who wants an amp/dac combo on the cheap. Lol it's so cool to have good, affordable gear available isn't it?
post #21 of 64
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Originally Posted by Turn&cough View Post
Then there was the 13.5v PS that was supposed to be a big improvement. However nobody was able to provide me with a specific brand/model suitable for North America. Then somebody said they had tried it and it was actually worse than the original switcher. So unless somebody could provide me with detailed/reliable modding info I'd prefer leaving it to Beresford R&D
Probably something wrong with that PS. Did they check the voltage? PS's can be way off.
The improvement I got in soundstage and treble extension was substantial.
post #22 of 64
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Originally Posted by spacemanspliff View Post
My opinion is that it appears that the MK6 is a great all-in-one solution for someone who wants an amp/dac combo on the cheap. Lol it's so cool to have good, affordable gear available isn't it?
One day I realised that in my main loudspeaker system all my sources apart from vinyl were digital and I bought a Beresford MkIII because it has four switchable inputs. Now I use only three inputs on my amplifier: vinyl, SACD and digital, and on digital the Beresford switches between my Squeezebox 3, my CD player and digital TV/Radio. Not bad for such a cheap component. I am now trying to decide between a second Beresford and an iBasso D1 for my bedside rig, where I use an iRiver H140 as source. Another thing: the headphone amp in the Beresford isn't so bad, and I think someone just getting into headphone listening could do a lot worse than buy a Beresford.
post #23 of 64
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Originally Posted by AS1 View Post
Probably something wrong with that PS. Did they check the voltage? PS's can be way off.
The improvement I got in soundstage and treble extension was substantial.
How many amps is your PS?
post #24 of 64
I just read the headphonerocks.com review of the Beresford. What struck me most is that the review found the Beresford DAC and amp combination to sound better than the Moodlab Dice with the Little Dot MKIV SE!

Blimey, that's a $400 amp!

I was all geared to get the Xin Reference amp before, but now I'm not sure I'll even get an improvement in sound quality!

Can a fellow Beresford user give me a definitive answer on this? Does getting a separate amp (<$300) improve the sound drastically?
post #25 of 64
Can a fellow Beresford user give me a definitive answer on this? Does getting a separate amp (<$300) improve the sound drastically?[/QUOTE]

I'll be able to tell you if the amp is really that good or not. I have had misterX Xp, pimenta and a maxxed ppa2, meier prehead, rays' hornet m, darkvoice 332, ps audio gcha, quest for sound sq-84 amps to name a few.

The Beresford isn't here yet but should be soon. It is coming from England so...

I just got a PS Audio Superlink II Dac which is a HUGE dac lol. I also got my MisterX mini 3 which is supposed to be an excellent little amp. Both are getting to know each other atm so I will give everybody a few days to settle in.

Initial taste is nice, as in very smooth and yummy already. We'll see.
post #26 of 64
Thanks, spacemanspliff. Looking forward to your impressions.
post #27 of 64
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Originally Posted by Goh View Post
Can a fellow Beresford user give me a definitive answer on this? Does getting a separate amp (<$300) improve the sound drastically?
I have the Mark 4. I don't own a headphone amp but I can tell you that the headphone output on my $600 Cambridge Audio integrated amp sounds better(less strained) than the Beresford's.
post #28 of 64
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Originally Posted by spacemanspliff View Post
I would like to add that probably the Behringer SRC2496 is the best dac for the $$ period right now and I will be getting one of those too.
I've always been interested in the SRC2496, but I've never really seen any comparisons of it to anything else.
post #29 of 64
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Originally Posted by fierce_freak View Post
I've always been interested in the SRC2496, but I've never really seen any comparisons of it to anything else.
I've got one, but only use it for its upsampling capabilities

It's outputs are balanced XLRs so I can't test it as a DAC, but through its headphone socket it sounds ok, but then it goes through another stage and I can't do a proper head to head.
post #30 of 64
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Originally Posted by Goh View Post

Can a fellow Beresford user give me a definitive answer on this? Does getting a separate amp (<$300) improve the sound drastically?
I use a Beresford 7510 MarkV and an RSA Hornet (original non-M version), with both Shure E4c and Beyer DT880 headphones. The Hornet absolutely slays the builtin headphone amp in the Beresford when using the higher impedance (and much more capable) DT880's. The Hornet is better in every way. Better attack, better bass, less congestion, louder clean volumes, ...

I've not had experience with many other headphone amps, but I'd call the built-in Beresford headphone amp decent at best. The DAC is quite good, it deserves to play through a good amp!
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