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I have a Lavry DA11 which does the job.Can google for reviews.

Costs around same as Benchmark but different sonic signature.

 

In your experience, how different is the DA11 from DAC1?

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In your experience, how different is the DA11 from DAC1?

 

I havent done a direct comparison. Heard them in different setups, so hard to define the categorically state the sonic signature of just these DACs. IMO different setups will highlight more the character of amps and speakers.

 

But the person from whom I bought my Lavry had originally tried the Benchmark on his Accuphase+Thiel setup. His view was that Benchmark was too refined and lifeless for his setup. Lavry added more body to the sound. After an year he sold Lavry and got an Accuphase CD player for better system synergy....

 

Best to test in your own system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you mean pre amp, would a dac with volume control (headphone amp) be enough? If so, there would be many options like Beresford 7520, Red Wine Audio Isabellina, etc.  ;)

 

I mean I am looking for a dac+pre to be used to feed a power amp. I am not looking for a headphone amp. And also I need one that has balanced output just like the Benchmark and Bel Canto.

 

However, the Bel Canto and Benchmark is abit on the high side $$, so I am looking for alternatives

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I mean I am looking for a dac+pre to be used to feed a power amp. I am not looking for a headphone amp. And also I need one that has balanced output just like the Benchmark and Bel Canto.

 

However, the Bel Canto and Benchmark is abit on the high side $$, so I am looking for alternatives

 

Yup exactly what I meant too. A headphone amp (with volume control) with built in DAC acts as a pre-amp as well. And yes you can connect it direct to the power amp.

 

Just opening you up to more options especially when you say Benchmark and Bel Canto above your budget  ;)

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