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Morning!

I'll explain my situation so far. I have my benchmark DAC connected to my mac by optical connection and then from the DAC to my K&H O300's

Now the DAC unfortunately does suffer from a bit of crackle when I adjust the volume (something I've heard happens to a quite of couple of units after time)

What I'm looking for is some kind of audio controller to be able to adjust the monitoring level with (Either rack mount or on the desk would be handy)

Not looking for anything flash, just 1 or 2 stereo outs with headphones out. Without degrading the sound too much.

Does anybody have any thoughts on the best way to go about this?
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Hi Jonathan,

I've had the pot replaced in my DAC1 for that reason and the problem appeared again after a year. A common problem indeed.

Here it's only at the beginning of the day so i just quickly jog the dial until it stops crackling and it remains quiet the rest of the day of use.
I can live with that rather than adding another unit to the monitor path.

Best way probably is to replace the potmeter with a better type??
mmm ... should ask Benchmark about that.


(sorry i know it's not an answer to your question)
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I've been doing that so far to clear the crackle away, my only worry is, will this problem get worse if I keep doing this to the pot?

How long have you been running yours for if you don't mind me asking?
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Jonathan -

Have a look at the Grace Design range: not cheap, but there are simpler options that might suit, and they sound (and look) very good.

Alternatively, you could bypass the DAC-1's pot with a passive attentuator - Goldpoint do some ready-made boxes, for example.

And then there's this -

http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipmen...enuator--51232
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No, it doesn't get worse (yet).
I had the first one replaced after 2 years of which half a year crackling approx.
Then this new one started to crackle after a year and a half also. Has been like this for 4 years now without getting worse though. And the trick works for the rest of the day.
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Thanks guys, that SM series looks pretty nifty and at a nice price point. With it being a passive design does that mean it will minimise audio degradation?
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Originally Posted by lowland View Post
Alternatively, you could bypass the DAC-1's pot with a passive attentuator - Goldpoint do some ready-made boxes, for example.
Exactly!

Quite happy with my Goldpoint controller.

JT
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