Scott Berry of CAD (Computer Audio Design) is exactly what a digital engineer should be...obsessive. He is also self effacing, and somewhat quiet about his achievements. Go to most 'About' pages in various manufacturers' sites, and you'll read how the engineer grew up listening to music under the floorboards of the Philharmonic, or some other entertaining bit of biographical information. In CAD's 'about' page, the history and purview of the digital medium is laid out for the reader. It is more of an explanation, and an attempt to convey information about an oft misrepresented technology. At Audio Prana, we believe that the majority of digital doctrine out there misses the mark. Everything is so 'new and evolving' is about as accurate as me blindfolded with a sack of throwing knives. Yes, there are new bits, but certain approaches have remained at the fore of the best for a decade on. One of those is R2R implementation where conversion takes place.
However Berry is not content with this knowledge. He has pushed on, past the obvious to new power supply technology. Their own tech only seen in their dac. He also insists on a material that he finds sounds better than metal or wood for the casing. There is also great care taken to have the shortest signal paths. And when it came to storage in his CAT Transport, it was only after listening to oodles and oodles of ssd's that one was decided upon and then potted in a way unique to CAD that adds quiet and space to the presentation. With Scott, it is about every little thing from scratch.
It was after hearing this purity of presentation at Munich's High End Show that a hope was instilled that we could one day represent CAD. And here we are, with the wind at our back. Thanks CAD. Really, you must hear this gear if you have not. It laid to rest so many more expensive representations of digital in our view.