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Benchmark DAC3 L - Digital to Analog Audio Convertor


The Benchmark DAC3 L is a boutique, high-end digital-to-analog-convertor (DAC). The DAC3 L has been designed to be implemented in professional mixing / mastering studios, and audiophile home entertainment systems. Such features for home use include consumer RCA outputs and a home-theatre bypass that sets the pass-through gain to unity when integrating with a surround system. The DAC3 L uses the ESS Technologies ES9028PRO convertor chip for optimum sonic quality. 


    • 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.

      REFERENCE PERFORMANCE

      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:

      SUMMARY
      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
      Polarity Switch
      Asynchronous USB 2.0
      Driverless Asynchronous USB 1.1
      Home Theater Bypass
      Bi-Directional 12 Volt Trigger
      Power Switch
      Low Power Consumption
      ES9028PRO Converter
      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

      PHYSICAL:
      Depth: 216mm
      Width: 249mm
      Height: 44.5mm
      Weight: 1360g
      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 **

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