How is the Benchmark DAC?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by DrsStudios, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. DrsStudios

    DrsStudios Guest

    how would it be for mastering, or is there something else around the same price that would be better.
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It's a very good unit. you can also check out the new Lavry for about the same amount of $
  3. dpd

    dpd Active Member

    If you can get a copy of Bob Katz' book, you can see some very revealing spectral plots of the Benchmark - pretty stellar performance.

    But that Lavry Black seems pretty awesome, too.
  4. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    We have two of the Benchmark DAC-1s. One for each of our mastering rooms. Obviously we like the unit a lot. For the price I don't think you can go wrong with the unit. Have not had a chance to check of the others in that price catagory but I understand from others that the Lavry is very good. One AMAZING thing about the Benchmark is the way it handles jitter.

  5. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    it's sounds boring and sterile.....

    a/b'ed it with an apogee mini dac and my audio note....

    it lost both times.... and i'm not really an apogee fan

    i suggest getting one and a/b it against some other stuff

    might be good for the money though
  6. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    To what are you referring? The Benchmark?
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    benchmark DAC-1.... isn't that the topic??
  8. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Hey, no need to be rude.

    I find the DAC-1 is very nice specifically on the monitoring side. This has been discussed before, you can have a look: (Dead Link Removed) ; (Dead Link Removed) ; (Dead Link Removed) and this one also to get more different opinions: (Dead Link Removed) .

  9. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    The Benchmark DAC-1 is a nice sounding DAC. When discussing converters you will get mixed opinions about what sounds "better". The way I perceive the DAC-1 one is as having slightly emphasized bass response. When comparing it to other converters it has more in the low end than what tends to actually be there. This is when comparing to either Mytek, Lucid, or Lavry specifically. The Benchmark DAC-1 unit makes a great home theatre or audiophile DAC. Although some mastering engineers like Bob Katz and others are using the DAC-1 in their mastering rooms. I like my converters pristine and as accurate as possible to the analog source, I'm using Lavry Blue in my studios and for mastering. It just all comes down to preference, best thing is to try it out and see if you like it for yourself.
  10. DrsStudios

    DrsStudios Guest

    Thanks for all your input, gives me a couple of choices to look at,
    Richard, the links are a big help... i tried serching but it was off line at the time or something.

  11. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    hey richard....

    how was i rude??? i cannot see how my response is any more rude than asking me what i am referring to.... as we all know the topic...

    but as nathan said it all comes down to preference.... and mine is something a bit less monotone than the benchmark
  12. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Sorry about this, it is a misunderstanding from me 8) .

    Glad it helps DrsStudios.

  13. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Yes but we were also talking about a lot of different converters.

    I will stickup for the DAC-1

    I don't think your assessment of the unit is correct. I have tried lots of other Digital to Analog converters over the years and the DAC-1 stands pretty high on my list of really good DACs. I think it is very truthful and find that for the money it beats the heck out of a lot of high end converters. Some people like converters that add something to the sound but sterile is what I am looking for. I want to be able to hear EXACTLY what I am listening to and not have it add things to the sound. We had a very high end Mark Levinson DAC that I paid a lot of money for. It made everything put though it sound wonderful but as a mastering engineer I am looking for truth and not fiction.

    I have not tried the Lavry but plan to in the near future but I think for the present that the DAC-1 from Benchmark is about as good as they get for the money!

  14. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

  15. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    What ever!
  16. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

  17. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    There is a language barrier here.
    I guess the easiest thing is to wrap everything in silk so people don't misunderstand each other in a bad way.

    I see these things every day at work and on forums. All it takes is a bit of effort when reading/writing to prevent this.

  18. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    I think it's just people from Scandinavia. I think it comes from living so far away from everyone else, the only way they can get people to visit is by pissing them off enough for them to come looking for you to kick your butt. badump bump.
  19. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    as thomas would say..... whatever! :roll:
  20. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    A little testy today are we? It was a joke, like in ha ha.

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