Given the DAC is constantly whirring the pot - for every volume change, every mute and unmute, every power on and off, every source change - then the early demise of the pot is probably going to occur sooner than people expect. I can only assume Benchmark programmed in these seemingly unnecessary pot movements in order to lower the volume and reduce the rather unpleasant clicks and pops. It's a bodged solution all around.
I would have infinitely preferred an led display, digital volume control and a resistive ladder / stepped attenuator for the analogue inputs.
Edited by Chippy99 - 5/15/14 at 8:04am