1. dip16dac

    Inside the latest Benchmark DAC1

    I had a chance to look inside the latest Benchmark DAC1 and this is what I saw. It has a single circuit board for everything including the power supply, receiver, ASRC, DAC, and headphone amp. The headphone amp has two BUF634F buffers, two 5532A opamps, and a really small alpha pot. The...
  2. Ori

    Clash of the titans: Benchmark DAC-1 vs. LeVry DA-10 vs. upgraded Zhalou DAC

    Those fotunate souls who have attended the recent San Francisco meet had a lot of toys to play with... One of those was a Zhalou DAC with its cover removed. People passed by it on their way from the impressive AMB display and the mighty Orpheus to the left, ignoring this unit. In the end, lamark...
  3. Iron_Dreamer

    DAC Showdown: AQVOX USB 2 D/A vs. Benchmark DAC1 vs. Lavry Black DA10

    DAC Showdown: AQVOX USB 2 D/A vs. Benchmark DAC1 vs. Lavry Black DA10 The Back-story: For well over a year, as many of you know, I’ve been one of Head-Fi’s most prominent DAC1 apologists, arguing the merits and performance of this particular piece of gear until the cows came home...
  4. Brian153

    Phonitor 2 DAC

    Hi, I was thinking of purchasing a Phonitor 2 in the future and I was wondering if the Phonitor 2 works well with the following Digital Converters (which I plan to connect to my laptop)? I will use the AKG K812 Pro as headphones.   - Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 Digital To Analog Converter - Wyred 4...
  5. senn_liu

    How Does Lavry DA11 Compare to Newer DACs?

    I have the opportunity to purchase a 2nd hand Lavry DA11 for around $800, which I consider a pretty good deal.   However, I am aware that the Lavry was released in 2009, before the current wave of Sabre-chip/asynchronous USB DACs. Furthermore, the DA11 is pretty similar to the DA10, which is...
  6. insomniac

    Benchmark to Meridian/Naim/Arcam = Upgrade?

    Just because I'm getting the itch to upgrade and try something new, I've been looking at higher end sources, namely CD players. I'm currently running a Benchmark DAC1 (NAD c521bee as transport) as my source but have been intrigued by the Meridian 588, G07, Naim CD5x, and Arcam CD33, among...
  7. schneller

    Anyone pairing a DAC with a NAIM integeated?

    Anyone here using NAIM amplification? XS? XS2? 5i? SN1? SN2?   If so, what DAC are you pairing with it?
  8. matti620

    Benchmark DAC1 - which input to use?

    I just got the DAC which I bought in a hurry and didn't notice has no usb input... now I don't know if there's a way to use it without jitter as it has no asynchronous usb input, only xlr, coaxial, and optical digital inputs. Which is a better option and how can I connect to a computer with...
  9. Faulk

    Little Dot DAC_1

    I am selling my Little Dot DAC_1. This was purchased directly from David on 8/4/09 and is in mint condition. This comes in the original packaging for $200 (including shipping, to CONUS only) + paypal fees.   Please feel free to pm me with any questions.   Thanks for looking,   --Faulk
  10. merc132

    Benchmark DAC1 24/192 DAC & Headphone Amp Made In USA ~ LIKE NEW

    Up for sale is Benchmark DAC-1 192-kHz 24-bit D/A Audio Converter integrated with headphone amplifier. Item is LIKE NEW without scratches, scuffs etc. Comes with original box, power cord, BNC to Rca adapter and manuals. Selling it to upgrade. Price is FIRM and shipping will be $25. Paypal via...
  11. Faulk

    Little Dot MK IV SE, DAC_1, and M2Tech HiFace

    Doing some downsizing and looking to try out new things, so I'm letting my home office rig go. I am the original owner of each item (kid/smoke/animal free home) and am looking to ship to CONUS if possible (included in each price).   Little Dot MK IV SE (SOLD) I bought this directly from...
  12. palmfish

    Benchmark DAC1

    Benchmark DAC1 for sale. Like new condition. Includes all original accessories and packaging, manual, box, etc. See listing in Amplifier section for photos:
  13. palmfish

    Benchmark DAC1

    Benchmark DAC1 in like new condition. Perfect cosmetic and operational condition. Includes all accessories and original packaging.
  14. Erieg

    Little Dot DAC_1

    Due circumstances out of my control I need to sell the audio equipment that I purchased in January. Yes, I feel like the universe is punishing me. Anyways. I am listing my Little Dot DAC_1 for sale. It is the best DAC I have owned by far. I have used it with a DI-V3 and also Straight out of my...
  15. mcdj

    FS: Benchmark DAC1

    This is the original non USB, non HDR, non Pre, non rackmount DAC1.  Silver.  Serial # 415XX. Excellent physical condition and working flawlessly.   Unit and power cord only.  No box.   $575 shipped Priority insured, CONUS, PayPal only to verified addresses.  Lots of 100% positive feedback...
  16. Rune3400

    WTB: Dac1 faceplate / frontplate (non-rack)

    Hi, I am interested in buying a non-rack faceplate for my Dac1. Has anyone got one for sale?   Regards Rune
  17. Erieg

    LD MKIII & DAC1 - Updated

    Due to finacal difficulties I have to sell the audio equipment I bought in January. I am putting up my Little Dot MKIII & DAC_1. They are wonderful together and if I didn’t need the money I wouldn’t be letting them go.   I would like to sell them as a package but I will split them up. For...
  18. bassophile

    Best solid state amp to bring out HD650's bass?

    Right now I'm amping my HD650 with the internal amp of the Benchmark DAC1. Plenty of power, but the sound signature is reportedly on the lean side. Or perhaps there is no real sound signature as it is meant to be very neutral.   Anyway, the bass output on my HD650 is not overly satisfying at...
  19. Dennis

    Question about Benchmark DAC1

    Right now, I am using the Musical Fidelity V-Link to connect to my PC USB and connect the S/PDIF to the DAC1 through the BNC ~~> S/PDIF adaptor....   but I just read the manuel of DAC1, it said it has 75Ohm output pre-install.......   So, do I need to remove the 75Ohm but removing the...
  20. slowdown5646

    FS: Benchmark DAC1

    I realize I have little feedback: if you want extra assurance, ask me about my eBay (also have a bit of Audiogon feedback). This Benchmark DAC1 was purchased from an Audiogon user in excellent condition. I've only had it for about 3-4 months and I'm selling it because I want to downgrade and...
  21. Matthew.C

    FS: Benchmark DAC1 Headphone Amp/DAC (non-usb)

    I am sure there is no need for introduction. Up for sale is very well known headphone amp/dac from Benchmark. Acquired this DAC from another member back in March, due to personal issues, I will have to sell the Dac. Item is in great condition without major scratches or dings. It comes with...
  22. sizwej

    IC: Benchmark DAC-1

    I'm relisting my 5 year old Benchmark DAC-1 (black) to help finance a future move. Not Much to say other than that it works does have a few scratches on the unit, but nothing too bad.I no longer have the operating manual. I should disclose one very important note: this is not the...
  23. cipsaz

    Is the Benchmark DAC1 still a good buy?

    I am thinking about getting one. It's an older unit, so I am not sure how outdated it is. Still worth it, especially used?                  
  24. nspindel

    Anyone in NYC area want to do a shootout between your Wyred4Sound DAC2 vs. my Benchmark DAC1 Pre?

    Title kind of says it all.  I have the Benchmark, but I've heard so many good things about the W4S that I'm curious to compare one to the other.  So this is an invite to a head-fi'er in reasonable driving distance to Stamford, CT to bring their W4S DAC2 over for a test drive in my system:  ...
  25. Timestretch

    I want to upgrade from my Nuforce Icon HD to a Benchmark DAC1, but I'm not sold on it yet.

    The Nuforce Icon HD is reputable as a very nice DAC with a USB input and it's a great value at $350. Am I being silly to try to upgrade from that? I know the Benchmark DAC1 has far more features and would look much nicer on a desk, but at triple the price of the Icon HD (more or less depending...