Thoughts on Beresford Bushmaster Dac
I've had this a few months now, and thought maybe some forum users might be interested in my views.
I had been gradually replacing an old stereo system. Changes of amplifier (Marantz pm6002) and speakers (Wharfedale diamond 9.1) clearly improved the sound, but a subsequent purchase of the Marantz cd 5003 and new audio leads did not. I decided to try and improve the sound from the cd player by buying a dac but wasn't interested in taking music from a computer so usb connections weren't important (the beresford has 2xoptical, 2xcoaxial but no usb).
Once you order everything is done very quickly, cost was £192 inc postage. Subsequently I've had a problem with the source selection system, which would have been solved by Stanley Beresford sending me a new chip to install through the post, however Stan gave me the option to return the dac so he could put in the chip himself and replace a component he said he had improved on since the early versions. It only took a few days.
I have no means of comparison with other dacs, but I am very pleased with my purchase. I'm not used to describing audio but the big impovement I notice is in the bass(eg in orchestral pieces), which with my cd player was a bit mushy and uninspired, and is now more focussed/taut. Another unexpected improvement was the built in headphone amplifier, which I think sounds better than the one in the amp and automatically cuts out the speakers when in use.
Hope this is of use to any potential purchasers.