I received my Beresford headphone amp this morning and plumbed it in to give it a whirl. It unusual in the features it has for cans users, letting you tailor the output to cater for different types of cans. One feature that caught my eye was its ability to output DC to another device ie powering it and a DAC. I use a Bushmaster 2 that Stan Beresford optimised for use with a battery.
Well, it can also be used as an active pre amp -so thats what I tried to see how it would fare against my Tisbury audio passive. Initial impressions are very surprising, sit up straight surprising. I had to change the impedance settings on my Temple audio mono blocks to match the higher output. It surpasses the abilities of my passive by some margin. The sound is far more dynamic without losing any of the detail retrieval and delicacy I enjoy. If anything its even more revealing and expressive.
I haven't even plugged in a set of cans yet. I will give it a listen when I finish my shift tomorrow.
My set up/ears/music but synergy wise this is some bit of kit.....I will post up impressions when I get to try it as intended with cans.
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2014 13:11:14 GMT by MartinT: Amended title
So, £160-ish plus vat, without a power supply. Thanks - I looked on Stan's other site and couldn't see it, hence the question. It's got some interesting features and flexibility that I've never seen on a headphone amp.
I have given the Capella a try with my Superlux hd 660, they are great value for money budget cans that can be retro fitted with AKG velvet ear pads that really improve the comfort level and improve the sound slightly. I have removed the inner foams also. The settings on the Capella are quite different to the senn 650s. The gain is quite a bit higher,the high frequency backed way off and the damping set mid way. I wasn't sure all the features were necessary but having played around a bit it would appear that it lets you get the best out of the cans you plug in budget or otherwise.
I was worried that I would be forever adjusting settings but once you get the cans dialled in settings wise you just get on with listening to music.
I was lucky that my BM2 was a great match for the 650s but this has really got me thinking about maybe buying 800s. The senn sound signature suits me down to a t, Its just that they are an awful lot of money.