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Thread: Waiting for my SEG 50

  1. #21
    Join Date: Apr 2009

    Location: Hertford, Hertfordshire, UK

    Posts: 311
    I'm Adam.

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    OK I have listened to about 10 albums now with the SEG50 chip...

    Around 10 years ago I had a Little Dot III valve headphone amp. This was nice and had a nice liquid sound and superb sound-stage with my HD650s...

    ...but there were strange buzzes which spoiled the experience.

    I ditched the Little Dot and started using Stan DACs...

    ...various upgrades, Anker battery upgrades were applied to the Bushmaster etc. This sounded a lot cleaner than the Little Dot but lacked the magic.

    The modified Caiman SEG with SEG30 and Dorado with Chinese 16v linear PSU delivered big time - this had the liquid sound and sound-stage and was clean also. I was really enjoying my HD650s again (for the first time really since the Little Dot Valve days).

    SEG50 seems to make everything a tad tighter - I am really enjoying this so far (and for just 9.99!)
    Adam.

  2. #22
    Join Date: Dec 2018

    Location: Cornwall

    Posts: 183
    I'm Dave.

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    Good description of the Seg50 upgrade - tighter I found a bit more bass on my choice of music
    Amp Rega Elex-R
    CDP Denon DCD 520
    Tuner Teac T-R650 Dab/FM
    Music Player Pioneer N30 Network Player
    DAC Beresford SEG
    PSU Linear 15v/Baresford Dorado
    Speakers Dali Zensor 3s
    Speaker Cable Current is Rega FSC Quattro , Fisual S-Flex Studio 2.5mm / Ortofon SPK 100
    Stands Audio Visual Twin Pillar
    Interconnects Van Damme Silver Plated OFC Pro Classic XKE CDP/Tuner & Solid Silver Cyro 99.99% Pure, Dac To Amp
    Headphones AKG K550 mk3
    SUB BK XLS 200

  3. #23
    Join Date: Nov 2014

    Location: Birmingham

    Posts: 114
    I'm Michael.

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    I had fitted the SEG 50 firmware a while a go into the SEG DAC whitest using the Dorado II, for the cost of the Dorado III it’s certainly worth spending the money on the III.
    I can confirm the comments made by other members re sonic improvements, ECM recorded piano sounds superb.
    I haven’t listened to any vocals yet so watch this space!

  4. #24
    Join Date: Nov 2014

    Location: Birmingham

    Posts: 114
    I'm Michael.

    Default Sound Modes on Caiman SEG.

    I wondered if anyone upgrading their Caiman SEG DAC with the SEG50 firmware and Dorado III changed the Signal Processing Mode they were using, of is there still very little difference between the modes still?

  5. #25
    Join Date: Dec 2018

    Location: Cornwall

    Posts: 183
    I'm Dave.

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    I've had a play with the sound signatures, difficult to say really its very close as you said, I went back to default and thats where its stayed and sounds good to me.
    Amp Rega Elex-R
    CDP Denon DCD 520
    Tuner Teac T-R650 Dab/FM
    Music Player Pioneer N30 Network Player
    DAC Beresford SEG
    PSU Linear 15v/Baresford Dorado
    Speakers Dali Zensor 3s
    Speaker Cable Current is Rega FSC Quattro , Fisual S-Flex Studio 2.5mm / Ortofon SPK 100
    Stands Audio Visual Twin Pillar
    Interconnects Van Damme Silver Plated OFC Pro Classic XKE CDP/Tuner & Solid Silver Cyro 99.99% Pure, Dac To Amp
    Headphones AKG K550 mk3
    SUB BK XLS 200

  6. #26
    Join Date: Nov 2014

    Location: Birmingham

    Posts: 114
    I'm Michael.

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    Which is the one you use as default please?

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