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The Benchmark DAC1 PRE Gets Glowing Reviews!

Published: Wed August 27, 2008  News Feed

The DAC1 PRE is a reference-quality stereo pre-amplifier, headphone amplifier, and computer audio playback device. This Pre Digital-to-Analog Converter and Preamp has now received some great reviews...

Hi-Fi News dubbed it "Not just good, but stupefyingly good". Furthermore, the hi-fi experts said: "In every mode, it excels. It sounds natural and authoritative, almost valve-like in the mid and the treble. Sublimely well-made, it's an absolute joy to use. It does what it should, without dramas. It is truly the Swiss Army Knife of hi-fi".

But Hi-Fi News were not alone in its praise for the Benchmark DC1. The Absolute Sound magazine, in it's August 2008 issue, also had nothing but good things to say about it. they actually went even further and said the Benchmark DC1 marks "something of a new era in audio"! The reviewer completed: "The Benchmark DC1 Pre is not only an excellent device for the money, it is excellent compared to anything I have encountered at any price. To my mind, it's the beginning of a new era in audio, in which the regeneration of the recorded signal has become a resolved problem."

We are not surprised...and anyone who chooses a Benchmark DC1 Pre will not feel disappointed.

With the DAC1 PRE, the music engages the listener with a stunning delivery and breath-taking realism. The DAC1 PRE is the culmination of years of high-precision analog and digital audio circuit design. Benchmark has achieved unprecedented sonic purity in their audio systems through an intelligent engineering philosophy - establish a pristine analog delivery path and eliminate digital distortion artifacts. The DAC1 PRE continues this tradition of excellence.

With six stereo inputs and four stereo analog outputs, the DAC1 PRE anchors expansive media systems and provides a pristine audio path from source to amplifier. The six stereo inputs include an analog input, a USB computer input, an optical input, and three coaxial digital inputs. The output section includes stereo XLR balanced, RCA unbalanced, and two headphone jacks driven by Benchmark's HPA2™ 0-ohm headphone amplifier.

The bottom line is this: Benchmark converters will consistently and faithfully deliver truthful audio without jitter-induced artifacts, no matter what variables are present.

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