Originally Posted by infinitesymphony
Can the DAC1 be used as a preamplifier in this case? There would need to be some way to boost/attenuate the volume.
Either way, there should be some sort of amplification after the XLR outputs, be it from studio monitors' internal amps or from a preamp/power amp in a home system.
The case internally has -30 dB, -20 dB, -10 dB, and 0 dB attenuation for the XLR internally, plus you can use the front attenuator on the font to control powered monitor volume. You'd need an amp for non-powered devices.
I'm considering a powered monitor pair for my DAC1 (Near-field, most likely considering my rooms) and wouldn't hesitate to drop them right off the back of the Benchmark.