4/15/17

Benchmark Media DAC3 – The Preview



Musical truth…

Today we are going to visit the world of digital music.  I’m referencing high-definition tunes – no mp3 files allowed...!  Why no mp3, you ask?  Remember how your TV picture looked in 1989?  Compare that to how your hi-def TV looks today.  I think you get the picture…  (the application of this pun was thoroughly intended by the author!)

Back on point, you need gear to turn those digital files into an analog signal that you can hear.  This brings up the subject of DACs.

“What, pray tell, is a DAC”, you ask?

Digital to Analog Converter is the acronym, and these high-tech wonders turn a digital signal into an analog signal.  DACs are pretty much everywhere these days.  (my apologies to the turntable crowd.)  Any device playing digital audio has one in some form.  Hi-def televisions? Yep…  Cell phones?  Yep…  The list goes on…

As with any other device, quality and ability vary greatly in the world of DACs.  This blog’s focus will be the audiophile world, where DACs proliferate the market from manufacturers near and far.  Pricing can range from wallet bucks on up to a comma and a whole bunch of zeros.

Enter Benchmark Media Systems and their newly released DAC3…

The year was 1983 and the garage was located in Garland, Texas.  Benchmark founder Allen H. Burdick engineered and built professional audio gear used by television broadcast facilities.  Over the years, Benchmark relocated to Syracuse, NY and grew their audio product line into several markets, including the recording industry.  Many of those products, including the Benchmark DACs and amplifiers, are being scooped up by the at-home audiophile crowd for use in high-end sound systems. 

The DAC3 is, of course, the 3rd generation of Benchmark’s DAC, and utilizes a brand-new converter chip from ESS Technology, along with improvements in parts and engineering.  The result is a DAC that sounds…

Not so fast…  Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon to a blog near you...!



Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer.  Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

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