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  1. #101
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    I'm Grant.

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    Surprising that of the 99 posts few have been the same. Need to do this with other units...maybe headphones next, or phono stages..
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

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  2. #102
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

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    I'm Jerry.

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    What with computer audio and streaming there are just so many DACs around these days, with seemingly more appearing every week.
    So many DACs, so little time.
    Jerry

    Internet streaming > Benchmark DAC1 HDR > Krell 400xi or Crayon CFA-1 amp > MBL 116F speakers
    Cables - RS Audio Duet (silver/palladium) interconnects, Tellurium Black ii speaker cables, Wireworld Starlight USB.

    Internet streaming > Audiolab MDAC > TPA3116 amp > Infinity Cascade 9 speakers & Jamo SUB200

  3. #103
    Join Date: Apr 2011

    Location: UK ~ Sussex

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    I'm Simon.

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    Sim Audio Moon 380D V MiND

    Really very good indeed; best streamer/DAC/pre I've had to date and that's very many indeed! I hate to use the term, but this is, for me, a reference level bit of kit. I've used this in to the power amp direct (via variable XLR on the 380D) in my AVM A30. Transformed the sound, whether comparing to a Bluesound Node 2i in to the A30 digital input, or via a Marantz SA14S1SE (which is no slouch). As for CD played via a Sony 1000ES blu ray coaxial out; just 'wow'.
    GATO CDD1 > McIntosh MA252 > Raidho X1 speakers

  4. #104
    Join Date: Dec 2011

    Location: Portugal

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    I'm Luis.

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    I'm still using my loyal Rotel RDP-980 (also have to matching transport). Slightly modded with OPA627.

    Instruments and voices sound faithful and truthful to me.
    Also, with 4x optical AND 4x coax, I connect everything I need to it.

    I've tried others in order to replace it, buth... it's still here...

  5. #105
    Join Date: Jan 2012

    Location: Norfolk

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    I'm Chris.

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    Mixing old with the new...

    Streaming Tidal via SoTM sMS-500 PSU / sMS-Ultra, then using a USB/SPDIF converter into an old 80's Arcam Black Box one DAC (TDA 1541A).

  6. #106
    Join Date: Jan 2019

    Location: Denmark

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    I'm Jesper.

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    What a great tread!

    Iím a huge fan of benchmark DACís/ a FanBoy some would say

    I have been running separate DAC & Transport since 1993 - First set: Acram dac3 & TEAC vrds-1....itís safe to say I have fried a ďfewĒ medium to low end DACís

    But my first Benchmark DAC really opened up my music collection, and my eyes(ears) to ďreference digital soundĒ
    Iíve had the DAC1, the DAC1 Pre, the DAC1 Hxx(Something) and now the DAC2 HGC and to me and a few friends they have upíed their game with every new DAC, so if you are considering Benchmark, go for the newest you can afford/ willing to pay for - would be my advice

    Recently I had the good fortune of borrow a Bricasti M1 DAC, hands down the best looking and sexiest piece of hifi gear Iíve ever seen ore played with!
    However it didnít outperform my trusty Benchmark DAC2 HGC, they were more alike than I ever thought possible, since the M1 is 6-7 times as expensive...donít get me wrong, the M1 has everything in all the right places etc But my DAC2 was better at some things amped the M1 better at other
    Even the owner of the M1 was surprised at just how close they were in my setup

    Another amazing DAC I had on hand one afternoon:
    Weiss DAC1 - Just WOW! It damn nearly wiped the floor with my DAC
    I believe this DACís party piece is itís superb analog amp! +of course the overall build quality

    So many great DACís so little time (money)

    Thanks Grant for a great post - super inspiring and quite possible an expensive one

  7. #107
    Join Date: Apr 2009

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    I'm Ian.

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    Apologies in advance,Im going to repeat a short part of an earlier post to this thread.
    Like you, I have been a big fan of Benchmark for many years, having used some of their gear when I was working.
    I was recently looking for a replacement for my DAC 1 HDR but found S/H prices here in the UK far higher than I thought 10 yr old design and components were worth.
    I did some reseach and found a site which gave measurements of many DACs. From looking at the performance figures of my DAC HDR I found they were very closely matched by a Topping D50 costing £170. I bought one and was gobsmacked by its performance, I cant tell it from my Benchmark DAC1. Stopped my search for a s/h DAC1 HDR, the Topping is now in my second system
    Ref the DAC2 which I use in my main sysystem, I found it possible to improve its performance by avoiding the use of the inbuilt output drive attenuator. If you look at the DAC2 instruction manual (P23) it gives you a list of the output impedance of the DAC at the 3 attenuator settings. Its 425 ohms at the most popular setting of 10db attenuation but improves to a more attractive 60 ohms at Zero attenuation.
    I build my own amps, currently Hypex N Core, so was able to use the Hypex instruction as to how to change the gain of the amp ( one resistor change).
    I reduced the attentuation in the Benchmark to zero so was now outputing a signal 10 db.higher in level. I reduced the gain of the Ncore to close to 10db ( couldnt quite make the full 10 db)to compensate.
    This gave the DAC2/Hypex combination a noticeable improvement in SQ, due primarily, in my opinion, to reducing the output impedance of the Benchmark
    Anyone using a Benchmark with an amp where they can reduce its gain by about 10db should try this.
    Technics 1200 tweaked,Ianmac Bearing,DACT DIY Phono Pre, Belcanto CD-2, Engineered Switzerland DIY streamer, Benchmark DAC2, Hypex NCore, ATC SCM40
    2nd system --Engineered Switzerland DIY streamer, Sony CDP11,Topping D50 DAC, Hypex NCore. Kef 1point2 speakers. Ianmac Filters

  8. #108
    Join Date: Feb 2011

    Location: Wiltshire

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    I'm Anthony.

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    +1 for the RME ADI2 DAC. great bit of kit.
    Main System : Apple MacMini - Schiit USB Cable - RME ADI-2 DAC - Mark Grant GH2000 ic's - Eastern electric BBA Pre - Quad QSP Power - Talk3 speaker cable - Royd Doublet Loudspeakers
    Alternative gear - Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC, Tisbury Passive Pre-amp, PMC 23 Loudspeakers and various quality interconnects

  9. #109
    Join Date: Aug 2011

    Location: Midlands

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    I'm Wayne.

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    I have a rather OTT DAC which is the size of a power amp! Its a pimped DDDAC with the various board mods from DIY Audio and a choke reg power supply etc. I like meat on the audio bones so this is perfect for me, I can't see me ever wanting to upgrade, and besides which digital is probably less than 10% of my listening.


  10. #110
    Join Date: Oct 2012

    Location: The Black Country

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    I'm Alan.

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    Looks good though Wayne

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