Keitiklis DAC3 L



All digital inputs on the DAC3 support native PCM or DSD conversion. From any input, DSD is transported with bit accuracy over DoP 1.1. DSD and PCM are both natively converted to analog. There are no DSD to PCM or PCM to DSD conversions to compromise the quality of the music. The DAC3 conversion system seamlessly switches between native PCM and native DSD conversion. DSD over DoP 1.1 is supported by many media players, and DSD downloads are now available from several sources.


Benchmark DAC1, DAC2, and DAC3 converters are designed to directly drive power amplifiers and 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). This unique Benchmark feature optimizes the gain staging between the DAC and the power amplifier. Proper gain staging cannot be overemphasised. When audio stages are properly matched, each component in the audio chain is able to operate at its optimum signal level, and the system performance is significantly improved.


The DAC3 is Benchmark’s newest 2-channel D/A converter featuring the new ESS Technologies ES9028PRO converter chip. The DAC3 converter has lower THD and THD+N noise than Benchmark’s DAC2 converter.

Benchmark’s DAC1 and DAC2 D/A converter families 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 or the DAC2. Benchmark converters are in daily use at many of the world’s finest recording studios and mastering rooms. Benchmark converters are also enjoyed by thousands of audiophiles. Benchmark has raised the bar again … the DAC3 defines a new reference.

Audio performance

SNR – A-Weighted, 0 dBFS = +27 dBu
128 dB

SNR – Unweighted, 0 dBFS = +27 dBu
126 dB

THD+N, 1 kHz at 0 dBFS
-113 dBFS, -113 dB, 0.00022%

THD+N, 1 kHz at –3 dBFS
-119 dBFS, -116 dB, 0.00016%

THD+N, 20 to 20 kHz test tone at –3 dBFS
-113 dBFS, -110 dB, 0.00032%

Frequency Response at Fs=192 kHz
+0 dB, -0.015 dB (20 to 20 kHz); -0.015 dB at 10 Hz; -0.005 dB at 20 kHz; -0.031 dB at 40 kHz; -0.15 dB at 80 kHz

-116 dB at 20 kHz; -130 dB at 1 kHz; -137 dB at 20 Hz

Maximum Amplitude of Jitter Induced Sidebands (10 kHz 0 dBFS test tone, 12.75 UI sinusoidal jitter at 1 kHz)
< -144 dB

Maximum Amplitude of AC line related Hum & Noise
< -133 dB

Digital audio inputs

Number of Digital Inputs (switch selected)
5 (1 USB, 2 Optical, 2 Coaxial)

Number of Channels

Input Sample Frequency Range
28 to 210 kHz (Coaxial Inputs); 28 to 96 kHz (Optical Inputs); 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz (USB Input)

Maximum Input Word Length
24 bits

Digital Input Impedance
75 Ohms (Coaxial Inputs)

Minimum Digital Input Level
250 mVpp (Coaxial Inputs)

Balanced analog outputs

Number of Balanced Analog Outputs

Output Impedance
60 Ohms (Attenuator off); 425 Ohms (Attenuator = 10 dB); 135 Ohms (Attenuator = 20 dB)

Analog Output Clip Point
+30 dBu

Unbalanced analog outputs

Number of Unbalanced Analog Outputs

Output Connector

Output Impedance
30 Ohms

Analog Output Clip Point
+13.5 dBu (3.7 Vrms)

AC power requirements

Nominal Input Operating Voltage Range (VAC RMS)
100 – 240V

50-60 Hz

< 0.5 Watts Idle; 12 Watts Typical Program; 15 Watts Maximum

Min/Max Operating range (VAC RMS)
90 – 260 VAC; 47 – 63 Hz

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
9.5” (249 mm) x 1.725” (44.5 mm) x 9.33” (237 mm)

3 lb (1.36kg)

Keitiklis DAC3 L