Benchmark DAC-1 HDR

by paulreo1

A good quality DAC, headphone amp and preamp . the unit is 5 years old.  Professional build quality (it was designed for studio use) and has only ever been used in my desktop system at home. 5 digital inputs; 24/96 DAC and small footprint. The unit is in good overall condition and comes from a smoke free, pet free home environment.

£300.00 £1,500.00

BENCHMARK DAC1 HDR (supplied with no remote control and no original packaging The DAC1 HDR is a reference-quality 2-channel digital-to-analog audio converter with remote control. The DAC1 HDR features a remote-controlled motor-driven Alps volume control, and relay-selected analog inputs. DESIGNED, ASSEMBLED, AND TESTED IN THE USA This Benchmark product was designed, assembled, and tested in the USA using USA and imported components. Most major components are made in USA. ADDED FEATURES The DAC1 HDR preserves the exact topology and sound of the audio path in the classic DAC1, while adding some of the most frequently requested features. The DAC1 HDR has all of the features of the DAC1 plus: High-quality motor-driven Alps volume control Dim, Mute and Standby functions Relay-selected analog inputs USB Audio 1.1 interface (96 kHz, 24 bits) 1 additional digital input for a total of 3 coaxial, 1 optical, and 1 USB Rotary input selector High-quality gold-plated machined RCA connectors Concealed calibration trimmers (to prevent tampering) Programmable headphone gain with 3 settings (0 dB, -10 dB, and -20 dB) Programmable mute switch on left headphone jack AN INDUSTRY STANDARD Benchmark’s award-winning DAC1 has become a standard in the finest recording studios and mastering rooms. Audio engineers rely of the accurate, uncolored, and precise sound of Benchmark DAC1 converters. The DAC1 is free from digital artifacts and its sound has a true analog character that eliminates the fatigue caused by many digital devices. All DAC1 converters are designed for professional applications, but many audiophiles have discovered the smooth and detailed sound of the DAC1. Benchmark’s professional DAC1 converters have become a centerpiece in may home listening rooms. The DAC1 HGC is a reference-quality professional converter that is equally suited for the finest audiophile systems. HDR-VC™ HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE VOLUME CONTROL The DAC1 HDR features Benchmark’s HDR-VC™ (High Dynamic Range Volume Control). The HDR-VC™ incorporates a high-quality custom-built motorized Alps potentiometer. This motor-driven volume control maintains the dynamic range of the converter over a wide range of volume settings. Competing products usually use a digital volume control or an integrated analog volume control chip. These competing solutions can introduce distortion and noise while reducing dynamic range. Benchmark’s HDR-VC™ provides remote volume control without these performance compromises. Reverb tails and delicate musical details are delivered to the analog outputs over a wide range of gain settings. Professional users may choose to omit the optional remote handset ($100 savings), but they will appreciate the feel, accuracy, and durability of the premium Alps potentiometer. The remote control handset can be purchased separately, and may be added at any time. DIM AND MUTE FUNCTIONS The remote control includes unique ‘Dim’ and ‘Mute’ functions. ‘Dim’ (quiet) is a special volume setting for low-level playback. The ‘Dim’ button toggles the DAC1 HDR between ‘Normal’ and ‘Dim’ volume settings. Both settings are independently adjustable from the remote, or from the volume-control knob. The DAC1 HDR remembers and recalls your specified ‘Dim’ and ‘Normal’ volume settings. This feature is ideal for HDTV users, as it allows you to set your preferred ‘Dim’ level for commercials, etc. Studio users can use this function to set two independent monitoring levels. The ‘Mute’ function fades down the volume to the ‘Dim’ level before muting and smoothly raises the volume to the ‘Normal’ level after unmuting. FIVE DIGITAL INPUTS With a generous selection of digital inputs (3 coax, 1 optical, and 1 USB), the DAC1 HDR can serve as the heart of expansive media and entertainment system. The DAC1 HGC replaces the low-quality converters that are built into typical consumer devices. The DAC1 HDR will enhance the audio performance of your digital television, digital cable box, DVD/CD player, computer, music/media server, satellite radio, and any other device with a digital audio output. The DAC1 brings studio-quality sound to home listening rooms. Many professional users also appreciate the flexibility provided by the 5 separate digital inputs. All digital inputs on the DAC1 HDR (including the USB) feature Benchmark’s jitter-immune UltraLock™ clock system. The USB interface operates with Benchmark’s AdvancedUSB™ native 24-bit, 96-kHz USB technology. ANALOG INPUT The DAC1 HGC has a pristine analog input path that allows the connection of analog-only devices. The stereo analog input passes through the motorized volume control and out to the analog outputs. This input allows a connection from an analog source such as a phono stage, FM tuner, iPod, VCR, or tape deck. In the studio, this input provides quick access to the studio monitoring system when a client brings a demo on a portable device.

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