Benchmark Media DAC3 DX Digital Analogue Converter

Benchmark Media DAC3 DX Digital Analogue Converter
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£2,199.00
(£1,832.50 Exc. VAT)
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Benchmark Media DAC3DX Digital to Analogue Converter

Benchmark's third incarnation of the acclaimed DAC3 model is a professsionally-aimed product designed for studio environments. The DAC3 DX provides audio interface emulation, USB to S/PDIF transfer and reference quality monitoring. The unit can also serve as a standalone headphone amp for digital sources where required.

Reference Performance
The DAC3 delivers outstanding musical detail and precise stereo imaging. It employs an advanced high-headroom digital filter design, and a high-sample-rate Asynchronous USB Audio interface. All inputs are fully isolated from interface jitter by Benchmark's new UltraLock3™ jitter attenuation system.

Internal digital processing and conversion is 32-bits, and this processing includes 3.5 dB of headroom above 0 dBFS. This headroom prevents the DSP overloads that commonly occur in other D/A converters.

Four balanced 32-bit D/A converters are summed together to create each balanced analogue output. This 4:1 summation provides a 6 dB noise reduction, and gives the DAC3 industry-leading performance.

Volume Control
Any practical audio system will need a volume control. These days, most audio devices use digital volume controls. These controls place significant demands on the quality of a D/A conversion. An internal D/A converter that starts with the equivalent of 14-bit performance, may only deliver 12-bit performance at typical volume-control settings.

In contrast, the Benchmark DAC3 D/A converter uses a motor-driven 32-bit digital volume control driving a 32-bit D/A conversion stage. This combination delivers true high-resolution audio performance over a wide range of volume settings.

Hybrid Gain Control
Benchmark's unique hybrid volume-control system delivers maximum performance from analogue or digital inputs. A single motor-driven knob controls the volume of the analogue and digital inputs, but the two types of inputs are handled very differently:

•Digital inputs pass through a 32-bit digital volume control.
•Analog inputs pass through a traditional analogue volume control.
•Both share the same knob.

This hybrid approach eliminates all unnecessary A/D and D/A conversion steps. Analog inputs see an entirely analogue path to the outputs. Likewise, digital inputs see an entirely digital path to the 32-bit D/A converter.

Sit In The Performance Space
Transparent sound can go beyond replicating the studio experience. Recordings that have been produced with a natural and unprocessed sound can transport you to the performance space. However, this can only happen when the entire playback chain is selected for maximum transparency.

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  • Sample-Rate Display
  • Word-Length Display
  • Six Digital Inputs
  • Three Stereo Analog Outputs
  • Two Independent Analog Output Buses
  • Digital Pass Through
  • Dual HPA2™ Headphone Outputs
  • Headphone Mute Switch - left headphone jack mutes main output, function may be defeated
  • Native DSD Conversion
  • Native PCM Conversion
  • Asynchronous USB 2.0
  • Asynchronous USB 1.1 for Driverless Operation
  • Volume Control Bypass Function for Main Bus
  • Volume Control Bypass Function for Auxiliary Bus
  • 12V Trigger I/O - for sequenced system power switching
  • Mute Relays - on all analog outputs
  • Optional IR Remote Control - with heavy-duty metal housing
  • Power Switch
  • Low Power Consumption

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  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

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  • £60 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (1-2 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.

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    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

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  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
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