Beresford TC-7520 DAC amplifier review -
Package and Bundle
Hopefully youre as eager to see what this unit has to offer as we are. Lets rip open the shipping box and see what we have here:
There is nothing particularly special about the packaging, just simple, plain white packaging.
Both sides of the plastic wrapped DAC are supported with foam suspending it from heavy knocks and bangs during shipping.
The DAC packaging itself was inside another thicker shipping box adding an extra layer of protection for your latest audio hardware investment. This unit arrived to our audio testing lab in pristine condition.
Beresford offers a modest bundle with the TC-7520, some quick start instructions and an external power supply. Beresford included an Audio Quest S/Pdif cable for a high quality connection from the test DAC to our S/Pdif sources which we will take a closer look at later.
The DAC Module
We found this unit to be smaller than we expected but built tough none the less. Very simple controls and indicators for input selection. Lets take a look at the features:
- 24-Bit/96-kHz DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)
- Headphone Amplifier
- USB 1.1/2.0 Port (Windows 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
- Headphone Jack
- Volume Control
- inches: 9.5 W x 4.5 D x 1.5 H
- Millimeters: 241 W x 114 D x 38 H
Weight: 2.5 lbs or 1.1 kg
Power Supply: Universal - 110V to 230 V
Output Voltage (Preamp Section): 2V RMS
From time to time in the Guru3D Audio Lab we will be taking a look at some examples of external equipment for people interested in these areas of PC based audio. There is an entire market of high end external components that can be used with a PC, devices such as external speaker amps, headphone amps, DACs and high end S/Pdif sources. Today a new package arrived here at the G3D Audio Lab. Inside this package is a brand new Beresford TC-7520 24/96 Digital to Analog Converter unit partnered up with an AudioQuest VDM-Xi S/Pdif cable.