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What is the best or recomended setting for connecting a Benchmark DAC1 PRE directly to a set of active speakers?

by Benchmark Media Systems October 10, 2014 1 min read

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How do I open the DAC1 or DAC2?

by Benchmark Media Systems October 07, 2014 1 min read

  1. Remove 4 screws from each side of the cover.
  2. Lift the cover upward.

Caution: Do not remove the internal safety cover that encloses the AC power entry.

    Note: The cover is designed to fit tightly against the side of the unit.

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    Is 192 kHz better or worse sounding than 96 kHz?

    by Benchmark Media Systems August 25, 2014 1 min read

    We would not recommend spending extra money to get the 192 kHz version if a 96 kHz version is available.

    Our DAC2 D/A converter will provide exactly the same performance at either 96 kHz of 192 kHz. However, in most cases, many A/D converters (used to record the music in the studio) achieve better performance at 96 kHz than they do at 192 kHz. But, these differences will be very small.

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    FAQ: Can I use the ADC1 and DAC1 to make a "Vinyl vs. CD" listening test?

    by Benchmark Media Systems August 23, 2014 4 min read

    Listening tests are very difficult to administer. Small errors in the setup can lead to erroneous results.

    Vinyl places many restrictions on the mix and mastering engineers. High-frequency content must be limited due to the mechanical limitations of cutters and playback cartridges. Low-frequency energy must also be limited for similar reasons. Stereo content must be limited and stereo separation of the system is also limited. Vinyl cannot be aggressively mastered for increased loudness, the way CDs can.

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