Mytek DA vs Benchmark DAC1 - any opinions?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Macaroni, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Macaroni

    Macaroni Guest

    I'm considering getting either a Mytek Stereo96 DA or Benchmark DAC1 to feed my Dynaudio BM6As. Any opinions on which one is better/preferrable?

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Of the two, I'd probably just barely suggest the Benchmark. Nice unit.
  3. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    I have tried both and for me they are about the same except that the Mytek is 8 channel and the Benchmark Dac-1 is 2 channel. Depends your need I guess.


  4. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    :? Doh! Sorry, just realized that you mentioned the Stereo mod for the Mytek :roll:

  5. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    You can see that this stuff is subjective because I came up with a similar but opposite conclusion as Massive and ended up going with the Mytek.

    Anyway - you definitely want to listen for yourself when making these decisions - I'd either ask a dealer that has both to give you a demo, or rent both units at once for a day, or if neither of those is possible you can listen to some comparison files at

    Just to make your life more complicated - if you can come up with more cash you might want to demo the Lavry Blue units too.

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson
  6. Macaroni

    Macaroni Guest

    From what I've read, the Lavry Blue unit appears to be the best of these, but it doesn't have a level control for monitors, or a heaphone amp, both of which are valuable to me, and also make the cost of a similarly configured system that much more than the Mytek and DAC1. That gives the DAC1 a slight edge. I heard the DAC1 at NAMM and was very impressed.

    Of course it was on heaphones only, but they were MD600s, which I also use, so I had a good frame of reference, and I used a CD I was familiar with. And with two headphone inputs, it means overdubs with another musician allow both of us to enjoy the benefit of the DAC1 high quality headphone amp.
  7. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    If you need an inexpensive volume control on a DAC, and want the DAC to sound good too, then I would choose the DAC1. The Lavry is a better converter but like you said, it doesn't have a volume control. Looks like you found which one you are going to buy.
  8. Revelation

    Revelation Guest

    I don't know about the Benchmark, but I love my Mytek converters. Plus they don't cost an arm and a leg.
  9. Macaroni

    Macaroni Guest

    I got the Benchmark DAC1 last week and it's a perfect fit for me. I noticed a nice improvement right away, both on my BM6As and my HD600s.

    I love it! :D
  10. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    I am prety sure it sounds very nice with the HD600, I believe it is a perfect match !


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