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Brisk's Bits n' Bobs
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Here are a few images of my newer kit.
As you can see I have hacked up my full-sized rack down to a Cyrus sized rack. I debated having two supports on one side and one on the other like it was before, but I preferred the symmetry of having two in front and one at the back. The only problem with this method was that the power socket on the 8vs2 is central, thus the back treaded support blocked entry, this is why the Amp is set off to the right. This may have not been such a problem if using the original power chord, but the clearer audio power chord has a massive connector.

After purchasing my 8vs2 I needed a matching CD transport to use with my DAC. The Cyrus one seemed a little over priced so I managed to pick up a mint condition DVD 6 from fleabay for £55. It had no remote so I programmed my universal media remote and hey presto a fully functioning CD/DVD player. My only concern was that I would need a TV plugged in to see track detail etc, but as it turns out the DVD player has a sufficient HUD to navigate tracks without having the TV on. Score! Also it doubles up as a pretty good DVD player, so a bargain all round. The previous owner said it had problems reading about 20% of DVDs so was listed as faulty. I took a chance and it does not have any problems with CDs, and not one DVD I’ve tried to date either.

I had my DAC modded with the new Wolfson WM8716 DAC chip, the one in the Caiman and the LM4562NA op amps, really like the overall improvement. I feed this with signals from my CD/DVD player, PC (on the far right) and Xbox. There is an external HD on top of the DAC with all my music stored. I use my TV as a monitor as well as for playing on the Xbox or watching TV or DVDs. I use a wireless keyboard with my PC which makes life a lot easier.

You may have noticed my BR2s which are slightly behind my upgrades and soon to be replaced. Monitor and Cyrus are not always thought to be the friendliest pairings but I don’t find them too bad. Recently I have been using the outputs form my little dot mkIII (last photo) to add a bit of that warmth to my unlikely pairing.

The room has some wacky colours going on, think I painted it last when I was 16, its my parents house, which is where I am staying whilst I find somewhere to live in Bristol. One wall is grey, as you can see behind the kit, joined to a yellow wall on one side and a dark blue on the other. The opposite wall is striped with all of the wall colours with white separating lines and the odd black line. I will post some photos if anyone is interested.

My setup was achieved on a very limited budged just after completing my degree. My amp was end of the line but brand new for £460, DVD/CD £55, DAC + upgrades and PSU for around £200. It goes to show how you can make every penny count if you mix the best of the lesser known but high performance kit such as the DAC + upgrades, and take advantage of end of the line and sales items. Next job, blow the bank one some speakers!








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Very neat set-up - nice one...

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Tidy little set up,very nice Yes

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Looks good. 


How does the headphone out on the Beresford sound compared to the little dot?  I've been looking for a headphone amp and DAC and was hoping that a beresford could fill both rolls. 

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Thanks for the positive comments.

The Beresford does a fine job on its own, you can always add a dedicated headphone amp at a later date. But the Beresford with the headphone amp is something special. I think this is especially good because I went for tubes not SS. This brings all the tube characterises, the warmth, lush mids, low lows and sweet highs. I think the main benefit for me was getting that soundstage which can sometimes can be lacking with headphones. The little dot does this spectacularly, and gives you the option to tailor the sound with different tubes.

I can't comment on the headphone section of the Caiman, the TC7510 does a good job, but the TC7520 is considerably better. Although if you do decide to get a DAC for the headphone duties I would get the Caiman, to which they have made big improvements to the headphone section, a Class-A headphone amplifier circuit according to the web site. Hope this helps.

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Great set up Brisk. Love the flexy - did you make it yourself? 

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Yep. Such a simple and effective design. Hardest thing to get hold of was those 16mm threaded rods, got them at mole valley farmers in the end.

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Thanks for your reply Brisk, very helpful.

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Jealous Sad ..........

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looks really nice and neat.

I may be being slow, but are you using the little dot as a pre and the vs just as a power?

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fast eddie:looks really nice and neat.

I may be being slow, but are you using the little dot as a pre and the vs just as a power?



Not exactly. This was my original plan though because the cyrus can go into a mode called power amp mode. I have tried this but the gain on the dot is too high, you can hardly move the volume without a huge increase in loudness. It is really just acting as a tube buffer, taking the signal form the beresford and outputting it to the amp. The volume is set to 3/4 which matches the volume level of the fixed output on the beresford. This is really just temporary measure until I replace the speakers.

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