• Benchmark DAC1 PRE

    Benchmark Media Systems, Inc.
    5925 Court Street Road
    Syracuse, NY 13206-1707
    315-437-6300, FAX 315-437-8119



    Benchmark announces the DAC1 PRE Stereo Playback Pre-amplifier
    Benchmark DAC1 PRE

    Benchmark DAC1 PRE (click to enlarge)


    SYRACUSE, New York, January 4, 2008 - Benchmark Media Systems, Inc.,
    reinforces its position as a leading manufacturer of precision audio
    electronics with today's announcement of the DAC1 PRE stereo playback pre-
    amplifier. The new pre-amp will be unveiled at the T.H.E. Show (at St.
    Tropez Suite 1103) during the CES show in Las Vegas, NV, January 7-10, 2008.

    The DAC1 PRE is designed to interface directly with digital media devices
    such as CD and DVD players, music servers, satellite radio, digital cable
    boxes and televisions. In addition, it can interface with traditional analog
    sources such as phono pre-amps, analog tuners, etc. The DAC1 PRE is designed
    to act as the central hub in a high-performance stereo playback system.

    According to Elias Gwinn, Applications Engineer, “The DAC1 PRE offers the
    music lover an elegant combination of the most advanced D-to-A conversion,
    outboard computer audio technology, pristine analog audio circuitry, and
    reference-grade headphone amplification. The result is a central device that
    can bypass the inferior audio circuitry in all connected devices.”

    Features of the DAC1 PRE include: 4 digital inputs, a USB computer input, a
    stereo analog input, 2 stereo analog outputs, 2 headphone outputs, and a true
    analog master volume control. Proprietary features include: Benchmark’s
    jitter-immune UltraLock™ clock system, Benchmark’s HPA2™ 0-ohm headphone
    amplifier, Benchmark’s AdvancedUSBTM 24-bit native USB computer audio
    interface, and Benchmark’s DAC1 conversion system. The analog circuitry is
    driven by LM4562 premium opamps. Other features include selectable headphone
    gain ranges, power/standby button, high-current analog output drivers, and
    premium connectors.

    Vice President, John Siau, notes “The DAC1 PRE combines the no-compromise
    performance of the award-winning DAC1 with features that many will appreciate
    in a home setting. Nevertheless this is very much a professional quality
    product that is also built to meet the demanding needs of recording and
    mastering professionals. I have enjoyed the stunning delivery and breath-
    taking realism of Benchmark converters in my own home but have often needed
    additional inputs to connect all of my digital, computer, and analog
    sources. The DAC1 PRE delivers the connectivity that today’s systems
    require, without compromising performance or quality.”

    Sales Manager, Rory Rall adds; “Since we first introduced the DAC1,
    audiophiles, recording engineers and mastering engineers praised the DAC1 for
    its ability to reveal every detail in a recording. They have also
    appreciated the ability to connect directly to power amplifiers and eliminate
    performance-robbing pre-amplifiers and volume controls. The DAC1 PRE offers
    our customers the performance of the DAC1, with the additional flexibility
    that many customers have requested."

    The new DAC1 PRE is expected to begin shipping worldwide in February, 2008
    and will retail in the USA for $1,575.00. It can be ordered now, from
    Benchmark Media Systems or from any of their authorized dealers.

    Very detailed pdf from Benchmark Media Systems