You’re probably very aware of the many, many rave reviews of this DAC from Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, Stereo Time, etc. etc. etc. Two of my four DAC are Benchmark’s, so obviously I agree.
This is the version that started all the wonderful noise – The Benchmark Media Systems DAC-1 (not the USB version). Excerpts taken from Benchmark’s website:
“The DAC1 is a reference-quality, 2-channel 192-kHz 24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter featuring Benchmark’s UltraLock™ technology.”
“Two ¼” headphone jacks are driven with Benchmark’s new HPA2™ headphone amplifier. The gain control sets the output level of the headphone jacks. It can also be used to control the output level of the balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analog outputs. A rear-panel switch selects Variable or Calibrated output levels.”
“Three digital inputs (balanced XLR, coaxial, and optical) are provided and are selected from the front panel. The Benchmark UltraLock™ system is 100% jitter immune ... In fact, no jitter-induced artifacts can be detected using an Audio Precision System 2 Cascade test set.”
I’m the original owner of this DAC, so my conservative rating is only due to age…its been very well cared for. The unit is in perfect working order and almost blemish free; the only minor ‘smudge’ is on the upper right top corner of the faceplate. See the attached picture.
Why am I selling?...because I simply have more DACs than I can use. Put a reasonably priced drive (like the Oppo I have up for sale) or a computer in front of this and your way ahead on the “quality for dollar” scale.
Buyer pays PayPal and shipping fees. Questions always welcome.