ADC1 Review - Garrett Haines, Tape Op

ADC1 Review - Garrett Haines, Tape Op

by Benchmark Media Systems November 15, 2017

ADC1 - "Very Natural Sounding"

"The ADC1 USB is very natural sounding. What I put in, is what it captures. Should I wish to color a track, I can call upon other gear in my rack."

"In a mastering context, a neutral, flat-sounding converter is very desirable."

"Benchmark’s trademarked UltraLock clocking scheme delivers quality conversion even when slaved to a suboptimal external clock."

"The best standalone clock in the world becomes irrelevant if the receiving converter’s locking system botches the signal. Unfortunately, many manufacturers skimp on PLL synchronization. Thankfully, not Benchmark."

- Garrett Haines, Tape Op

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DAC2 and AHB2 Review - Tom Fine, Tape Op

DAC2 and AHB2 Review - Tom Fine, Tape Op

by Benchmark Media Systems January 29, 2016

AHB2 - "Conspicuous Only in Its Absence"

"Before she joined Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick was in a band called The Great Society. They made an LP, Conspicuous Only in Its Absence, the title of which has stuck in my mind ever since I first heard it as a teenager. (The album also contains some killer psychedelic rock riffing, but that’s another story for another time.) That album’s title is a perfect description of how the new Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier fits into a studio monitoring system."

- Tom Fine, Tape Op

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DAC2 HGC Review - Garrett Haines, Tape Op

DAC2 HGC Review - Garrett Haines, Tape Op

by Benchmark Media Systems September 15, 2013

DAC2 HGC - "I would put the new Benchmark unit against any 2-channel D/A on the market"

"The original Benchmark DAC1 has been used to master many Grammy-winning and chart-topping records. It is hard to imagine that even better performance has been squeezed out of that box, but the DAC2 HGC does that."

"More than an updated faceplate on the original DAC1, the DAC2 HGC offers its own reference sound that will be welcome in the listening environments of both audio engineers and audiophiles."

"Personally, I would put the new Benchmark unit against any 2-channel D/A on the market."

- Garrett Haines, Tape Op

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