Some people has been asking me about doing a review or comparison to the TC-7520 DAC. I just received the TC-7520 DAC, and while I’m not familiar enough about the sound to post an in-depth review, I’d just like to post some photos of the DAC, which IMO is built very well.
The Beresford TC-7520 comes with an abundance of inputs. Two coaxials, an optical, and a USB. There is a fixed level RCA out, as well as a variable level RCA out that’s controlled from the volume knob. The TC-7520 also has a built in headphone amplifier which should be fine for medium duty headphones, but not quite strong enough for the HE5LE. So, I’m using the Matrix M-Stage with OPA627 for the listening session.
The TC-7520 is labeled as a 24/96 DAC, but I remember reading somewhere that the USB is only limited to 16/48. While it’s not as impressive as the HRT Music Streamers, to be frank I haven’t been that much into the 24/96 files anyway, as most of the music I listen to are ripped from redbook CDs. This may be an issue several years in the future though. What I like about the TC-7520 is how it gives you both USB and S/PDIF input, which makes it a more versatile unit than the Music Streamers.
This particular unit comes in a stock configuration, but Beresford offers upgrades to either the D/A chip and analog op-amps for superior sound quality.
$279 stock – NE5532 opamps, PCM1716E 8x oversampling DAC chip.
$349 – upgrade to LM4562 opamps.
+$75 for upgrading to WM8716 DAC chip
+$125 for THS4032 opamps
+$150 for Burson discrete opamps to either the line stage or head-amp section
+275 for Burson discrete on both line stage and head-amp section.
I really can’t comment on the upgrades, but for $279, I think you’re getting a lot for the price. The performance of the DAC is pretty good, and the abundance of interfaces and headphone out makes it very versatile as well.
Off to a burn-in session now..