Benchmark DAC3 L PRODUCT FEATURES:
A NEW REFERENCE - GOING BEYOND THE LEGENDARY DAC1 AND DAC2
The DAC3 is Benchmark's newest 2-channel D/A converter featuring the new ESS Technologies ES9028PRO converter chip. The DAC3 converter has lower THD and THD+N noise than Benchmark's DAC2 converter.
Benchmark's DAC1 and DAC2 D/A converter families have been the reference to which other converters have been compared. It is rare to find a converter review that does not draw comparisons to the DAC1 or the DAC2. Benchmark converters are in daily use at many of the world's finest recording studios and mastering rooms. Benchmark converters are also enjoyed by thousands of audiophiles. Benchmark has raised the bar again ... the DAC3 defines a new reference.
The DAC3 delivers outstanding musical detail and precise stereo imaging. It employs an advanced high-headroom digital filter design, and a high-sample-rate Asynchronous USB Audio interface. All inputs are fully isolated from interface jitter by Benchmark's new UltraLock3™ jitter attenuation system.
Internal digital processing and conversion is 32-bits, and this processing includes 3.5 dB of headroom above 0 dBFS. This headroom prevents the DSP overloads that commonly occur in other D/A converters.
Four balanced 32-bit D/A converters are summed together to create each balanced analog output. This 4:1 summation provides a 6 dB noise reduction, and gives the DAC3 industry-leading performance.
Benchmark DAC3 L TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Sample Rate Display
Word Length Display
5 Digital Inputs
2 Stereo Analog Inputs (2 RCA)
3 Stereo Analog Outputs (2 RCA, 1 XLR)
Digital Pass Through
Native DSD Conversion
Asynchronous USB 2.0
Driverless Asynchronous USB 1.1
Home Theater Bypass
Bi-Directional 12 Volt Trigger
Low Power Consumption
Depth behind front panel
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS
Number of Digital Inputs (switch selected): 5 (1 USB, 2 Optical, 2 Coaxial)
Number of Channels: 2
Input Sample Frequency Range: 28 to 210 kHz (Coaxial Inputs), 28 to 96 kHz (Optical Inputs), 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz (USB Input)
Maximum Input Word Length: 24 bits
BALANCED ANALOG OUTPUTS
Number of Balanced Analog Outputs: 2
Output Connector: Gold-Pin Neutrik™ male XLR
UNBALANCED ANALOG OUTPUTS
Number of Unbalanced Analog Outputs: 4
Output Connector: RCA
GROUP DELAY (LATENCY)
Delay – Digital Input to Analog Output (function of sample rate):
1.36 ms at 44.1 kHz
1.27 ms at 48 kHz
0.90 ms at 88.2 kHz
0.82 ms at 96 kHz
0.51 ms at 176.4 kHz
0.47 ms at 192 kHz
Shipping Weight: 3175g
Benchmark DAC3 L SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Windows operating systems require a driver when operating in USB 2.0 mode (required for 192 kHz operation). No driver is required for Mac or Linux operating systems. No driver is required for any operating system when operating in USB 1.1 mode (sample rates up to 96 kHz).
** Please note, system requirements may change. For the most recent system requirements please visit the manufacturer's official product listing **