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Benchmark DAC3 B vs. iFi Zen Dac Signature

ajramirez

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Hi all,

Would you deem a switch from an iFi Zen Dac Signature v.1 to a Benchmark DAC3 B to be a worthwhile upgrade? I have the opportunity to pick a slightly used one at a significant discount. For reference, I am feeding the iFi from a MacBook Pro running Audirvana, through a Primare i25 amp, Dynaudio Evoke 10 and a KEF KC62 sub.

Thanks in advance.

Antonio
 

HorizonsEdge

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Generally speaking changing your DAC does not do much assuming the DAC is in working order and transparent. Why do you think it is a good investment?
 

Jim Noyd

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The iFi Zen Dac Signature v.1 is a ‘universal DAC’ owing to its all-encompassing input options and it takes the DAC stage from the What Hi-Fi? 2021 Award-winning Zen DAC V2. The Zen One Signature’s digital engine is based around the Burr-Brown DAC chipset that iFi uses extensively, plus a low-latency, 16-core XMOS microcontroller delivering enhanced processing power (the same one found in the firm's premium portable iDSD Diablo DAC/headphone amp). I think you're in good hands.
 
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