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Thread: New Beresford replacement for Caiman 2 SEG?

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    Join Date: Apr 2009

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    I'm Alex.

    Default New Beresford replacement for Caiman 2 SEG?

    Hi Stan,

    Just wondering if there is a secret "Project X" replacement coming up for the Caiman 2 SEG?

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    There are sometimes reasons for keeping new product secret.
    I read once of a small firm that talked up its planned future product - sales of current items stalled waiting on the new one, and the new one couldn't then be produced as there was no money to do it with!
    Jerry

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    Fair enough. Having owned 3 Stan Dacs....current is C2 with all mods and enjoyed the sonic gains with each new model, I am naturally curious to see if there is new one to be announced in the foreseeable future.

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    If your happy with your current modded C2, I'd be sitting back enjoying your music.
    Knowing Stan, no doubt he'll be tinkering away in Beresford Skunkworks on the next one.
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    ...Im doing the same thing with my Son (whos 24)
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    If you are an established customer then drop Stan a line privately, rather than asking him to share his "secrets" in public.

    I'm sure Stan will announce new product when and how he wants.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
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    As a C2 owner who tends to wait a couple of upgrades before buying, I am regularly checking this forum for any hint of needing to start save up.

    The C2 is an astonishing DAC, irrespective of its price. The SEG is supposed to be even better (not heard one). I'll be ready to throw my money at Stanley when the next one is release.

    In the meantime I'm about to solder a lead to connect my new linear PSU to the Rpi's GPIO pins - bypassing its onboard noisy regulator and fuse. Hoping for a satisfactory upgrade there.

    Andrew
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewR View Post
    As a C2 owner who tends to wait a couple of upgrades before buying, I am regularly checking this forum for any hint of needing to start save up.

    The C2 is an astonishing DAC, irrespective of its price. The SEG is supposed to be even better (not heard one). I'll be ready to throw my money at Stanley when the next one is release.

    In the meantime I'm about to solder a lead to connect my new linear PSU to the Rpi's GPIO pins - bypassing its onboard noisy regulator and fuse. Hoping for a satisfactory upgrade there.

    Andrew
    That's my take too. I was hoping for the rumour mill to give me a hint as well

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    Never heard the previous incarnations.

    However, I have a SEG that sounds lovely and I have never found myself wondering if I should get something else.

    That has to be the highest recommendation as I'm often wondering about changing other kit downstream!
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    I'm still happily using my SEG with the Longdog LPSU. As I'm using it as a preamp/headphone amp now as well as a DAC there are a couple of things I'd like to see in the next version:

    1. An analogue input so I can hook up some vintage gear, turntables, cassette decks etc. The volume control in the SEG is very good (and analogue I believe), so that would save me installing another box.
    2. The ability to run off a 19v PSU. I bought the 12v rather than 15v Longdog PSU and can move that to something else if I upgrade the DAC later, but 15v is a bit odd to invest in. A 19v PSU is more flexible and would likely drive my HD800 even better.
    3. Direct access input selection, so I don't have to keep flicking through inputs to get to the one I want.

    Sound quality is fine as it is, so its just flexibility and greater headphone power I'm looking for now.

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    Sorry for the delay in replying guys. I have been extremely tied up with my son's entry into uni.

    I am not working on a new DAC right now. The SEG is proving to be quite successful, which has allowed me to recover the R&D costs, and reduce the price as a consequence. That's even though the has taken a battering in the last 15 months or so.

    What I am doing is trying to complete some of the other projects that many have asked me to try to provide a solution to over the years. The first one is hidden away on my site at http://www.homehifi.co.uk/S/tc-7210.htm
    I'll cover the reason for that product at a later date.

    The other thing I am working on is to allow phones with a USB port to play back (reliably) through the SEG.

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