The listening room here doesnt lend itself well to soundstage evaluation, once it gets past a certain width, but it's been good enough to decide the AT-ART7 sounded narrow.
I did not get that from the Topping D90 Alan brought here. The Topping is great value for the money and pretty much faultless. Alan and i were going to do a little SPDIF infused bakeoff between the Soekris and the D90 but that has been posponed.
If he wants to loan it out, i could do a bakeoff and see what happens?
I havent liked any dac with the Sabre chip, the AKM sounds better to me but again, it's all personal.
I would be surprised if ANY of the new DACs didn't sound like a decent upgrade on a Beresford though.
Don’t forget this is an upgraded Beresford. I am tempted to buy from Amazon so I can send it back easier...
To be blunt:
I messaged Stan about his Beresford stuff about 3 years ago. He'd just released the SEG i think, and there was a wave of ChiFi DACs just entering the minds of the Western Audiophile. I won't paraphrase what he said because i can't be accurate enough to write it down, but it amounted to the same kind of feeling the Yanks must have had when the "Paul Revere's Ride" took place. (The British are coming, the British Are Coming!)
Although it was the Chinese that were marching upon our Audio world.........you get the idea.
I think we spoke before about the Beresford Alan had. I heard it, i gave it back in about 8 minutes. That included the installation, the listening of the track, then the removal. Iknow it wasnt a SEG, but i also know that it was bad enough to scar me for life and avoid them at all costs.
The Topping D90 is a different league of kit, as is the PecanPi & the Soekris to that initial exposure the the Beresford.
I'm not doubting the SEG you have is better than the one i heard, Or excellent VFM, but i couldn't bring myself to hear another one.
IMHO the Beresford is overhyped and while not in any way a bad buy in any way, its very vanilla, using the the Wolfson snooze chips and while it does not contain any nasties what so ever its very average.
Having really gone to town one a couple of these you can do much better for not much outlay imho