Benchmark DAC-1 Opinions

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Bowisc, May 21, 2003.

  1. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    Any users care to share?
    I have one coming soon and wanted to hear some more feedback.

    Also, I'm using a MOFLU 828 as of now. This is what will interface with the DAC-1 as well as Benchmark's upcoming ADC-1.

    Should I have any concerns still using my 828, although it will be in the digital domain?

  2. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    Shame on you guys... no responses yet?

    Well it came in today.

    WARNING: For any future DAC1 owners... make sure that you check that the rear output switch is set to "Variable" BEFORE hook-up, otherwise you'll be sending full-power to your speakers. This happened to me. Scared the daylights out of me. The manual says that it's set to "Variable" from the get-go... well mine wasn't. I frantically fumbled my way to my Mackie's power switch to shut them down... as they scream and shouted... woofers a crankin'... OL lights a blazin'.

    So I carefully rigged the internal jumpers for -20 operation (recommened with high-powered active monitors). Connected my Marantz straight to Coax and I was impressed.

    Sound stage is firm, balanced, and very focused. Imaging is superb.

    Immediately I noticed the high-end was real, precise, fine, highly defined... almost as if speakers disappeared. Very sweet, and refined high-end.

    None of the low-mid smear associated with cheap converters. Very precise low-end and mid-range... easy to sift through dense mixes. Very controlled.

    I don't have a top-notch studio, but the DAC1 is a huge step forward for my back-end/monitoring. I'm really happy with results. Good investment.

    I have used the Lucid DA2496 and find the DAC1 smokes it. Looking forward to Benchmark's ADC1 offering.

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