B.M.C. Audio DAC 1 Digital-to-Analog
All prices in euros () unless otherwise noted.
At time of report, 1 is approximately 1.37 US dollars.
Frankly, DACs don't usually thrill us very often, but the
more we looked at the DAC 1 from Germany's B.M.C. Audio, the more impressed we were with
its build quality and feature set. The price, 2698 , certainly isn't low, but the
DAC 1 packs a lot of technology and features inside.
The DAC 1 is modular in design, and each section is also
available to the do-it-yourself community as a platform for amateur projects. But as
assembled into a finished product, the separate modules -- power supply, DAC, decoder, and
variable output -- combine to make a very ambitious unit indeed -- the centerpiece of a
high-quality stereo system.
One interesting thing about the DAC 1 is the way it
interfaces with a transport like the B.M.C. BCD 09, which we featured on May 23. Its Superlink system is I2S based and
uses using four 75-ohm BNC-terminated digital cables that, among other things, allow the
DAC to slave the transport from its own clock to eliminate jitter. AES/EBU, TosLink and
USB inputs are also included.
B.M.C. is a brand-new company based in Germany, but we're
hoping to acquire one of these new DAC 1 units for review after we get back to North