Benchmark DAC3 L Black

2-channel D / A converter

  • 24 bits / 192 kHz
  • Hybrid gain control
  • High-headroom DSP
  • UltraLock2 jitter
  • Sample rate and word length display
  • Dim function
  • Bi-directional 12V trigger
  • Remote control
  • Type: 9.5" (1/2" rack) 1U
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 249 x 44.5 x 216 mm
  • Colour: Black

Connections:

  • 2 S / PDIF coaxial digital inputs
  • 2 S / PDIF optical digital inputs
  • 2 Stereo analog inputs (L / R)
  • 2 Stereo analog outputs RCA (L / R)
  • 1 Stereo analog output XLR balanced
  • USB port

Further Information

Amount Of Channels 2
AD Conversion No
DA Conversion Yes
Max. Resolution 24 bit
Max. sampling rate 192 kHz
S/PDIF Connecor Yes
AES/EBU Connector Yes
ADAT No
Word clock Yes
Number of analog inputs 4
Number of Analog Outputs 6
Headphone connection No
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About as transparent as I have seen
Gabhinne, 12.12.2020
The best complement I can give the Benchmark Dac3L is that it is as transparent as I have heard a DAC to be. Replaces my Arcam irDac-II - not that there is much wrong with the Arcam unit. Like most DACs, whether that's worth 2000 euros more than the DAC it replaced is hard to say. I am glad I have it and enjoy listening to music via it. Will be looking to add a power amp downstream and making this the heart of my hifi system. Useful pre-amp features. Doesn't look like 2250 euros worth of dac (if such things are important to you), nor does it have a fancy display... What it does do well is convert 1s and zeros into analogue sound - something that is more important to me than how it looks or having a fancy screen that tells me information I already know.
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Tættest på sandheden
BjørnBallerupDK, 19.07.2018
Jeg har tidligere været ejer af en Benchmark DAC 1 HDR, men valgte at sælge den, da jeg blev lidt træt at den analytiske klang.Har sidenhen haft andre DAC?s, indtil jeg besluttede mig til, at anskaffe den her.Den bliver min sidste DAC.Både fordi den fylder lidt og lyder godt i mit setup og man sparer udgiften til en forforstærker.Der var en tendens til lidt agressiv og hård lyd i starten, men jeg løste problemet ved at vende mit pseudobalancerede Van den Hul D102III RCA-kabel med Groundsiden mod effektforstærkeren.Nu blev lyden mere blød.Kvaliteten af signalkablet mellem DAC og effektforstærker har stor betydning for den samlede lydkvalitet.Den er dyr, men hvis du er en seriøs audiofil, vil du få glæde af den i mange år.For vinylelskere er dens analogdel også aldeles fremragende, hvis man vel at mærke har en god phonopreamp i nogenlunde samme prisklasse, at tilslutte og den er støjsvag.Min koster en tredjedel af DAC?ens pris.
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Licht und Schatten
Kirk E., 02.06.2020
Ich wollte den Benchmark DAC3L in einer hochwertigen Hifi Anlage zuhause einsetzen, zwischen Laptop, Linnenberg Verstärker, Dynaudio Special Forty Lautsprechern.
Ersetzen sollte er einen ARCAM IRDAC (ca. 400Euro vor 7 Jahren).
Über USB angeschlossen stellte sich die erhoffte klangliche Verbesserung nicht ein. Musikalisch und emotional sprach mich das Gebotene nicht an. Nach einigen Versuchen mit verschiedenen Rechnern und USB Kabeln und mit meinem alten DAC fand ich die Ursache. Der USB Eingang des Benchmark DAC3L hat noch Potential für Verbesserungen. Ich nutzte den USB Eingang meines ARCAM IRDAC und ging von dort per SPDIF in den Benchmark. Diese Kombination stellte mich musikalisch zufrieden und klang besser aufgelöst und tonal etwas ausgeglichener als mein IRDAC alleine. Angesichts des Preises reicht mir das Gebotene nicht aus. Der DAC Teil des Gerätes ist sehr gut, der USB Teil und die gesamte Anmutung entsprechen nicht dem Preis.
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