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BushPilot

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Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« on: July 21, 2010, 12:17:50 pm »

The changes to Audio Setup in respect to the DSP & Output Format section has given a substantial improvement in sound quality with my music system. Windows 7 Home Premium. This was updated on Aug 16th.

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Device: Speakers (Benchmark 1)
X Open device for exclusive access, UNCHECKED

Output Format

Bitdepth: Bitdepth: 24

Channels: Channels: Source number of channels

Sample Rate:     Resample: All sources, Sample Rate:96,000 Hz

Track Change: Switch to smooth - 0.2 - 0.5 sec

Hope this is helpful for other Benchmark DAC owners.
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HiFiTubes

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Re: Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 01:39:05 pm »

Good to hear. I had recently posted about my Zodiac+ losing sync, using the WASAPI settings you describe here. Since I am setting a constant sample rate in MC at 96 or 192kHz (since I like crossfading), I have recently had success going from Aggressive .5 seconds to Smooth 1 Sec.

I always used to make mixes with such a hard "on top" fade and MusicHawk here also likes the aggressive setting as he feels it's more like the radio technique he has much experience with, but I feel the smooth setting even down to .5 seconds sound more pleasing and natural to me.

Post your rig for the gearheads here in the MC Audio Hardware Inventory.

cheers
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Re: Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010, 09:00:18 pm »

I am using a "BenchMark DAC1 USB". Losing sync alot. Cannot seem to get the right setting to stop it. Are u using this equipment? Been through the manual, it helped some.
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JimH

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Re: Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2010, 07:28:34 am »

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tkleinbe

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Re: Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010, 05:03:31 pm »

The "Benchmark DAC1 USB" works excellent on my system with the following settings:
1 Use fiber port instead of USB
2 Use "Direct Out" instead of WAV or WASPI

This allows tuning the whole system for max capabilities limited by the data stored. Gets real close to as good as my analog components.

After spending the day testing other programs against MC15, I pick MC15 as best found to date.
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imeric

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Re: Media Center 15.0.73 & Benchmark HDR DAC setup is superb.
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2014, 09:33:50 pm »

Indeed!!...Old post but still applies Today!! For me with optical instead of USB but do not agree with the direct sound part. Using the Motherboard optical output is sufficient in my case...The DAC1 just opened up!!! A lot closer to my dearly beloved vinyl setup!!! Currently running 19.0.121
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