Benchmark DAC1

350.00 plus actual shipping via PP friend option for Polkies. The "stuff" on the top of the unit is a thin adhesive layer perhaps from a label (?). I never noticed it until taking this pic. To date, this is the best sounding DAC I have owned. PM me questions....this was purchased here about 2 years ago.
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,492
    That's a great deal on a DAC that could be the hub of your 2-channel rig. This pup can be run as a preamp as well.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • tayballtayball Posts: 1
    Does your DAC1 have a USB input ?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 9,025
    I believe only the HDR model has the USB input, Kev's looks like it is the regular DAC1 without USB.
  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 549
    How on Gods green earth is this still here????
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Prometheus Audio,April Music,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    IKR?? This price is for Polkies since I received the deal from a Polky. Others can PM me for the non Polky price if they are interested....
  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,474
    edited September 11
    Could you post photo of the back? Might help.

    PS: Sorry, nevermind. Apparently I need the HDR model to have it work with my Squeezebox Touch. :'(
    Post edited by Gardenstater on
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, most mods comp. (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,792
    Could you post photo of the back? Might help.

    PS: Sorry, nevermind. Apparently I need the HDR model to have it work with my Squeezebox Touch. :'(

    Why? With the EAO the SBT can do the same hi Rez over coax as USB...
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Cambridge Azur 851N; Sony UBP-x1000es
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  • daboyzdaboyz Posts: 5,066
    Can anyone comment on how this is as a pre?
    HT - Polk Lsi9, Lsi7, LsiC, Marsh A200s, B&K ST-1430, Pioneer Elite BDP 62FD, Marantz SR7008, Martin Logan Dynamo, NHT CS-10, Mogami 3103 speaker wire, Mogami 2534 IC

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  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,474
    edited September 11
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Could you post photo of the back? Might help.

    PS: Sorry, nevermind. Apparently I need the HDR model to have it work with my Squeezebox Touch. :'(

    Why? With the EAO the SBT can do the same hi Rez over coax as USB...

    Thanks. I was under the misconception that the applet worked with USB output only. I have a great USB cable and would prefer to compare my iFi nano idsd to the Benchmark with all things equal. Heck, I don't really think I can afford any more upgrades to my system at this time which is bottom line I guess. Apparently the Benchmark DAC1 USB model works according to this (they don't mention the non USB) without a hub. In fact I don't see very many that DON'T work, which is confusing given the warnings regarding same from the applet developer!

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UnnpylzUvFW3oi0ip5ghpuWFfDVcufKCn8k54uhqYKQ/edit#gid=0

    Is this DAC fully 192kHz capable or does it upsample to that from a max. of 96kHz?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, most mods comp. (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,492
    edited September 11
    daboyz wrote: »
    Can anyone comment on how this is as a pre?

    I was very happy with it in that role, but no remote for this specific model. I use my newer DAC2 DX as my preamp as well.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 - Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 dig coaxial
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    edited September 14
    Much better pics including the back panel. Lets get er done Polkies...no remote and it does not appears that rack mount is removable from the front panel.
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  • GardenstaterGardenstater Posts: 1,474
    edited September 14
    Hey Kev. What's the mfg date of the unit? Is it fully 192kHz compatible on those digital inputs? What level of DSD can it do? Is this DAC Asnychronous or is it Adaptive? Did it not come with a remote for this model? What would be your guess for sound quality of this vs an iFi nano IDSD dac? Sorry for all the questions. Inquiring minds want to know :)
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, most mods comp. (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    Give me literally 15 min and Ill give you what info I can...discern if thats the correct word.🙂
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    edited September 14
    Here are some specs from their website. There is no mfg. date on the outside of the unit. I currently use it via both COAX and optical inputs for Tidal Masters/general internet radio and my Marantz CDP. I will say its the best sounding DAC I have owned to date...by a pretty wide margin over the Schiit Bifrost, Cambridge DAC, and there is a third in there I cannot recall. I don't believe I directly answered all your Q's but hopefully all that helps. Also, it doesn't appear this model used a remote control.
    https://benchmarkmedia.com/products/benchmark-dac1-digital-to-analog-converter?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI04DznOLo6wIVSrzACh2_kwKUEAAYASAAEgJHN_D_BwE
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,792
    AFAIK asynchronous only refers to a USB DAC, which the dac1 is not.
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Cambridge Azur 851N; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology Procinema 800; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    Correct sir....no USB input in the back. FWIW I can have this packed and shipped in a bomb proof box within 1 day, or earlier.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    Ready to ship....will be insured for 350 plus actual shipping
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  • verbverb Posts: 10,313
    Nice DAC! :)
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cables, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,347
    Bump for 340.00 Polkie price
    400.00 non Polkie price
    plus actual shipping and insurance via USPS via PP friend option.
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