Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A Converter

If other, more expensive DACs, about serving as reference Naim DAC, had the benchmark DAC1 USB (1300 Euro) slightly ahead, then it was on the one hand this depth, on the other hand the ability to the music even more momentum and life to breathe

  1. Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A converter
  2. Data sheet

The benchmark DAC 1 does the rack ears to decorating, but comes directly from the Studio world. Its sophisticated equipment brings but also HiFi fans on creative ideas: the compact unit replaced D/A converter, headphone amplifier and preamp – the latter even with balanced outputs. The 1300 Euro price are not cheap, but the equivalent in stable housing is enormous.

Nowhere has been saved – on the power supply, nor on the low-impedance, this application of specialized IC amps for headphone only not right on the digital electronics. A uniquely elaborate in this test clock recovery and stabilization, by benchmark UltraLock baptized, pays off not only in the laboratory, where the DAC1 USB reached Lone Peak with the jitter. The digital precision is also audible: the benchmark sounded extremely detailed and clean well. Where the emphasis is on the unmistakable present of the fineness seemed to lie not so much on their exact placement along the depth axis of the area commemorated.

The music played so tend to be rather directly in front of the phone instead of levels tiered varied according to front and rear. If other, more expensive DACs, about the serving as reference NaimDAC, had slightly ahead, it was on the one hand this depth, on the other hand the ability to breathe even more momentum and life to the music–the DAC1 could seem somewhat static and dry in direct comparison. AUDIO tried the DAC1 USB also with extremely high resolution headphones (Denon AD-H 7000) and found no good reason, the jack plug according to pull out of the socket. Similar to convincing were the efforts with the DAC1 USB USB converter and right on the power amplifier.

Benchmark DAC 1 USB

Manufacturer Benchmark
Price €1300.00
Rating 118.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe 23.9 x 4.4 x 24,0 cm
Weight 1.5 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 192
Maximum USB sample rate 96
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 0
Have Headphone amplifier with 2 outputs, output voltage channel separately calibrated.
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 0
Digital BNC 1
Digital optical 1
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 1
Digital DSD
I2S 0
FireWire 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 1
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm 2 / 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other: –
Test results
Conclusion +. Fully equipped, precise-sounding D / A-converter, directly to power amplifiers can be operated.
Sound RCA 115
Balanced sound 118
Sound SACD
Facilities outstanding
Operation Very good
Processing Very good
Sound judgment outstanding 118
Predicate 5 ears
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 8 /.