The Beresford Caiman SEG Digital to Analogue Converter was designed with the sole aim of recovering and reproducing the analogue parts of the digital encoded signal, without the digital artefacts.
The Caiman SEG handles the music with an air of grace and effortless emotion that few far more expensive DACs can manage, let alone surpass. From the pace and depth accurate bass, to the spine tingling detail across the audio spectrum; the Caiman SEG will raise your musical enjoyment to new heights.
Just like the legendary Caiman TC-7520SEG, the Caiman SEG is a complete internal redesign of the Caiman MKII. Its main purpose is getting the best possible sound from any of your source devices. This required a redesign of the case, a new PCB, and a new Firmware. The all new discrete transistors audio buffer adds an extra level of musicality to the sound of the headphone and pre-amplifier output. Separate Left and Right power, signal, and ground wiring also add to a better signal separation and soundstage.
Features and functions unique to the Caiman SEG:
• Individual input programmable multi options re-clocking circuit to allow for a better match between each source and DAC clocking accuracy.
• True dimming of the LEDs.
• Adjustable headphone impedance gain setting.
• Discrete headphone amplifier buffer.
• Discrete transistor audio buffer and impedance matching circuit in the pre-amplifier circuit.
DC Linearizer Low Noise Filter
External DC power supplies are a known source of RF noise. Our own unique DC Linearizer circuit transforms almost all of that RF noise into a clean DC voltage. The result is then fed to a Low Drop Out regulator circuit. The result is a crystal clear and warm analogue sound with excellent musical detail.
Low jitter Crystal controlled receiver chip
The Caiman SEG uses a crystal controlled receiver with one of the lowest jitter performances possible from a receiver chip. At 50ps few other DACs can match or surpass the Caiman SEG in terms of jitter rejection.
Simple Analogue Filter Circuit
There has been much debate as to how much damage is done to the audio signal by the various digital and analogue filtering networks that are found in a DAC design, and whether filters contribute to grainy high frequencies. The technology used in the Beresford Caiman SEG relies instead on a simple HF analogue filter that operates outside any feedback circuit and outside the audio spectrum. This makes the Caiman SEG less prone to anti aliasing filter residues and noise, and produces a far cleaner and detailed treble response.
Up to 32 Bit and 768fs oversampling
The current range of high-end consumer DACs chips go up to 32 bit, but only 384kHz oversampling. The Caiman SEG DAC is capable of up to 768kHz performance.
Asynchronous SPDIF to I2S signal transfer
In order to correct timing and data speed transfer errors the TC-7535 uses a asynchronous buffer with a length of 1024 bits to take care of time period related errors.
Direct Coupled Line Output Stage
This allows the Caiman SEG to operate down to 1Hz. The Caiman SEG is therefore also suitable for DVD audio application, which can go down to 5Hz or lower.
High Current Class A-B headphone circuit
The Caiman SEG headphone amplifier circuit is designed to drive even the latest high-end headphones and reproduce musical detail that these headphones are capable of. A generous signal headroom overhead, low noise circuitry, and high output current ability are key factors that make the headphone output on the Caiman SEG a major talking point with existing owners.
LED dimming during music playback function
The Caiman SEG has a LED dimming function that can be set to operate when there is music playing. So that way you can make sure that no LED noises can bleed into the sound.
12 Volt power supply option
Due to the highly efficient design and low energy requirement placed on the power supply, the Caiman SEG is capable of operating from a 12Volt battery source. The Caiman is also an extremely energy efficient DAC. It can therefore be powered by not only its own 12V power supply, Butalso by alternative 12V sources of power such as batteries and solar cells. The basic DAC includes a desktop power supply. Power supply upgrades are recommended.
Type - Digital to Analogue Converter
Inputs - 1 x power supply (optional) Inputs - 1 x USB Inputs - 2 x TOSLINK
Inputs - 1 x digital coax
Outputs - 1 x stereo RCA (fixed/variable)
Power supply requirement - 12 to 15Volts DC
Operation modes - Auto/Manual
Headphone output impedance - 12 to 400 Ohms
Line out minimum impedance - 1 K Ohms
Line Out Voltage - 2Vrms
Pre-amp output Voltage - 1.2Vrms MAX
Housing - Full metal body
Colour - Black
Dimensions - 210mm W x 50mm H x 140mm D
Packed Weight - 1.6K
Note: also consider the optional special quality power supply.