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Anyone had a chance to compare the sound of the Benchmark direct to amp with the new Mytek DAC+?
I brought up the (original) Brooklyn, not to burst a bubble, but to offer an alternative that AudioStream.com ranks 'Class A' versus Benchmark DAC2 HGC that they rank 'Class B'. Note that Michael Lavorgna, main reviewer for AudioStream.com, owns the Brooklyn and uses it for his reviews, but the Benchmark was reviewed earlier by Steven Palskin (and as they say, especially in the DAC world, 'the first lair never stands a chance').Mytek DAC's reportedly have a house sound, while Benchmark DAC's are simply honest and devoid of noise. OTOH Brooklyn offers phono preamp and MQA features while as you mentioned Benchmark has a HT bypass.Neither are reported to be the best, but chasing that dream would be a frustrating, time consuming, and quite expensive way to chase your tail, IME.
Had A Benchmark DAC2-DX, and really like how it sounded. I wound up replacing it with a McIntosh D-150 for two major reasons:1) The D-150 has both fixed and variable XLR outputs, which I need for driving both the power amp and the headphone amp (KGSS-HV). The Benchmark was not quite as flexible in that regard.2) The D-150 turned out to be a better match for use with KGSS-HV. For whatever reason, the headphone setup sounded more neutral with the D-150, with better low level detail. Still, my time with the Benchmark was most enjoyable, and I would be keen to audition a DAC-3 with my system. I'm sure it would be an excellent performer.
Review and Measurements of Mytek Brooklyn DAC https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-mytek-brooklyn-dac.1828/Again, your Benchmark DAC3 is an excellent purchase.
Brooklyn DAC+ features the following improvements as compared to Brooklyn DAC:- Sabre 9028 Pro chipset ( 9018 in older model)- Higher grade, more transparent and less noisy analog attenuator circuit.- Improved analog input performance- Improved Phono Stage transparency- Improved Headphone Amp sound (more detail, more definition)- Dual mono analog path
My opinion: your DAC 3 is not the bottleneck of your system. I think it would be better to identify the bottlenecks you have in your system and try to solve them before changing the DAC. Like me with my VERY BIG problems with noise, RF/EMI interferences, DC at mains and high voltage (almost 240 volts while in the EU is 230 volts).
..I find the music out of the DAC 3 a little clearer/cleaner and feel I get more music out of whatever source I am using. I guess that's all the trite things I have to say about that...I am definitely encouraged to try Benchmark's amp next to see how it compares. I know it has a lot more power. I want to see if more "veils" can be "lifted" I guess.
Question; does the Benchmark allow output signal routing to both RCA and XLR as the Brooklyn does? I'd like to feed my AVR as well when I want to feed other zones throughout the house. I was trying to find this in the manual (I do agree, it's a bit complicated). Thx!JD
But WOW eliminating the preamp and 2 sets of interconnects lifted yet another veil , bringing out even more clarity and layers to the music.
Peter, thanks for starting this thread. My latest update....... After enjoying the DAC3 L for several weeks as a DAC only I finally began using it as a DAC/Pre a couple of days ago. I pulled my preamp (Nuforce P9) out of the loop, BTW I have really been pleased with the P 9 over the last 10 yrs and it was still sounding great. But WOW eliminating the preamp and 2 sets of interconnects lifted yet another veil , bringing out even more clarity and layers to the music. The DAC 3 L as a DAC took my system up to an entire new level and using it as a pre/DAC was another significant step upSB Touch (Bolder digital mods, Bybee power rails) > Benchmark DAC 3L > itube2 > Bryston 14B sst2 > PMC PB1i speakersBTW I use RCA connections out of the DAC
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