8 hours ago, HIFI said:

I may be in search of a new DAC after 8 years of Mytek Stereo192 experience. 

I can’t remember why, may have been price, but the Mytek one me over vs Benchmark.  

So…. Is the latest Benchmark still a “benchmark “ in it’s price range today?

Thank you in advance for any new recommendations?

Newest version of the BM is still considered a leading DAC. But there are so many good DACs on the market today – and some for less money.

Schiit, iFi, RME, Chinese DACs like SMSL, Gustard, Topping, and Matrix, or Cambridge, Denafrips, and many more.


Hard to tell you one DAC. I would look at some and compare features and prices to see what appeals to you. 

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Path: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Cayin iDAC6 MKII (tube mode) (XLR)>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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