Benchmark DAC2 DX (Black w/Remote)
The DAC2 DX is Benchmark's newest 2-channel D/A converter. When compared to the legendary DAC1, the DAC2 has lower noise, lower distortion, and improved accuracy. The DAC1 became a reference standard in many of the finest recording studios and mastering rooms. The DAC2 defines a new reference.
DAC2 converters deliver outstanding musical detail and precise stereo imaging. They employ an advanced high-headroom digital filter design, and a new high-sample-rate Asynchronous USB Audio interface. All inputs are fully isolated from interface jitter by Benchmark's new UltraLock2™ jitter attenuation system.
Internal digital processing and conversion is 32-bits, and includes 3.5 dB of headroom above 0 dBFS. Three balanced 32-bit D/A converters are summed together to form the main output bus. Two channels are reserved for the auxiliary RCA output bus.
The performance of the DAC2 DX exceeds the measurement limits of today's state-of-the art test equipment.
NATIVE DSD CONVERSION
DSD (in DoP 1.1 format) is automatically detected on USB, coaxial, and XLR digital inputs. The system seamlessly switches between native DSD and native PCM conversion. DoP 1.1 is supported by many media players, and DSD downloads are now available from several sources.
Enjoy seamless transitions between native DSD and native PCM playback.
DIRECT CONNECTIVITY TO POWER AMPLIFIERS AND POWERED MONITORS
Benchmark DAC1 and DAC2 converters are designed to directly drive power amplifiers and powered speakers. Benchmark converters feature adjustable low-impedance passive attenuators at the XLR outputs that can be used to optimize the interface to the power amplifier (or powered monitor). The sonic importance of these attenuators cannot be overemphasized. Proper gain matching between the DAC/preamplifier and the power amplifier is essential for achieving peak system performance. The attenuators allow precise matching to all amplifiers and powered monitors.
Passive output attenuators are only found on Benchmark converters - don't settle for anything less.
All Benchmark converters are designed for maximum transparency. This transparency is absolutely essential in the studio monitoring chain. DAC2 converters are ideal for critical reference-quality professional systems. In home applications, the DAC2 delivers the sonic signature that was created in the recording studio.
Hear the music exactly as it was heard in the studio.
TAKE THE STUDIO HOME
When Benchmark's professional converters are used in hi-fi applications, studio-quality sound can be enjoyed in a home environment.
Discover the natural, uncolored, analog sound of the DAC2.
THE DIGITAL-ONLY DAC2 FOR AUDIO PROFESSIONALS
The DAC2 DX is the DAC2 of choice for users who do not need analog inputs.
The DX is well suited to the needs of professional users and includes an XLR AES digital input. The DAC2 DX is the only DAC2 model that includes dual stereo output buses. The analog output buses can be independently set to fixed or variable gain. The DAC2 DX is also the only DAC2 available in a rack-mount version.
A NEW REFERENCE - GOING BEYOND THE LEGENDARY DAC1
Benchmark's DAC1 family of D/A converters 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. The DAC1 has been the best-selling 2-channel reference-quality converter and is in daily use at many of the finest recording studios and mastering rooms. DAC1 converters are also enjoyed by thousands of audiophiles. Benchmark has raised the bar ... the DAC2 defines a new reference.
THE DAC2 DX REPLACES THE DAC2 D
The DAC2 DX replaces the DAC2 D while adding several important features:
- Dual analog output buses
- XLR AES digital input
- 12V trigger I/O
- Improved DIM and MUTE functions
- Reference-Quality Studio Monitoring
- Sound-Card Elimination for Computer Audio
- Stand-Alone Headphone Amplifier for Digital Sources
- USB to SPDIF Transfer Device
The DAC2 DX uses digital connections (USB, Optical, Coaxial, or AES) to bypass the low-quality built-in converters that are included in many audio products.
- Audio Output Device for Music and Video Servers
- Home Hi-Fi Playback from Digital Sources
- Audio Output Device for TV and Home Theater Systems
THE BENCHMARK EXTENDED 5* YEAR WARRANTY
Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. optionally extends the standard one (1) year warranty to a period of five (5)* years from the date of delivery.
*For the extended warranty to become effective, the original purchaser must register the product at the time of purchase using the registration card, the online registration page, or or by calling Benchmark's Customer Service department. This optional warranty applies only to products purchased within the US and Canada and is extended only to the original purchaser.