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Benchmark DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter - Used  From Benchmark

Superb D-A conversion, a headphone amp, and volume control (comes w/ rack kit). We also have a pre-owned Benchmark ADC-1, so ask your Sales Expert for assistance if you'd like to purchase these together. 

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What We Think

Well, despite the overwhelming "celebrity engineer" support that this converter has seen, we have completely tested it. It is incredible. Whether you are looking for a specatcular way to playback CD's at home, or if you are a big-dollar recording facility looking for a primo monitoring D-to-A converter, nothing touches the Benchmark for the price. What only a couple D to A converters share with this one, the Benchamrk DAC1 allows not only primo D to A conversion, but an extremely high quality headphone output and an analog attenuation that will allow you to set your monitoring levels, while still sending a full 24-bit signal out of your digital recorder or workstation. And to sweaten the deal, the DAC-1 is now shipping with a FREE rack kit!! Take advantage of this while supplies last!

Manufacturer's Description from Benchmark


The DAC1 is a two-channel, 24-bit, 96-kHz Digital-to-Analog audio converter. The DAC1 is perhaps one of the more significant recent advances in digital audio conversion technology. The DAC1 provides some of the finest analog conversion through 96-kHz, and will play back 192-kHz with a 48-kHz analog bandwidth. The performance of the DAC1 is unrivaled. THD+N is an astonishing low -106 dB (0.0005%) measured at 0 dBFS, at any playback frequency, at any sample rate, with any degree of input jitter, and it just gets better from there.

Listening to audio from the DAC1 is an amazing experience. The distortion free output is so pristine it truly feels as though someone has finally lifted the curtain! Now you can hear detail that was previously masked by jitter induced artifacts and distortion. If it was an exceptional recording, you'll hear it, if it wasn't, you'll hear that as well.

Many DACs derive their system clock directly from the AES receiver making them very susceptible to jitter. These DACs can rarely achieve their rated performance in real world applications. By contrast, the DAC1 takes full advantage of our jitter free UltraLock technology. On the test bench, or at the end of 1000? of cable, the DAC1's performance is the same! Frankly, we don't think you should have to be a transmission line expert, to be a great audio engineer.

Additional features include auto-processing of pre-emphasized digital audio and our latest HPA-2 headphone amplifier technology. This technology features distortion levels of 0.0003% under load. The audio output levels may be controlled from the front panel by the same gain control that feeds the headphone amplifier or it may be preset to a precise level with multi-turn trims. The preset gain range is +10 dBu to +29 dBu at 0 dBFS. The DAC1 has built-in international 115/230 volt power.

The DAC1 is essential equipment for mastering studios; high quality recording studios, high-end home audio systems, or anywhere un-colored digital playback is demanded. The DAC1 has the Benchmark 5-Year parts and labor warrantee, and your purchase is covered by a satisfaction, money-back guarantee! Place your order today: you have nothing to loose and great audio to gain.

Here's a great quote:

"I found the Benchmark DAC1 incredibly transparent sounding. It made my mastered 16-bit CDs sound more like the original 24-bit master recordings full of rich detail, wide stable stereo imaging and a clear high end. As an invaluable production tool, I use the Benchmark connected to my CD player's digital output to evaluate my mix dailies at home."

-Barry Rudolph, Recording engineer/mixer for Pat Benatar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall and Oates, BB Mak, The Corrs and Rod Stewart.

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About Manufacturer

Long time manufacture of sought after digital converters, have quickly become a top player in the business with the release of their new DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter. With new A to D converters and mic preamps on the way, we plan to keep our eye on them!

Specifications



- 2-channel, 24bit, 96-kHz D-to-A conversion
- 192-kHz playback with 48 kHz analog bandwidth
- THD+N = -106 dB (0.0005%) measured at -0 dBFS, any sample rate, any test frequency, with any degree of input jitter!
- 116 dB signal-to-noise ratio @48 kHz, A weighted
- AES/EBU (XLR & Coax) and S/PDIF (XLR, Coax, & Toslink) inputs
- Digital input source-selection switch
- Balanced, low-Z XLR outputs +29 dBu output level capability
- Unbalanced RCA outputs
- Variable or preset output level controls, switch selectable
- Direct connection to powered monitors
- Built-in Benchmark HPA-2, a high-output, ultra-clean headphone amplifier with dual outputs jacks
- Total jitter immunity via UltraLock technology!
- Phase Accurate D-to-A conversion across any number of channels
- 1 power, 2 error indicating LEDs
- Internal low-radiation toroidal power supply
- International 115-230 input voltage range
- Automatic De-emphasis for 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz when Pre-emphasis bit is set
- Milled aluminum front panel 1/2 wide, 1RU chassis
Rack mount kit available CE Compliant

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