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Balanced Music Concept (BMC) DAC Features Built-in Headphone Amp

In addition to its built-in headphone amp capabilities, the PureDAC from B.M.C. includes an asynchronous USB input, AES/EBU, Toslink and coax digital inputs, and balanced (XLR) and RCA outputs.


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B.M.C. demonstrated the PureDAC at the recently completed CES show, and it says should be available during the first quarter of 2013 at a price below $1,600.

Given how the digital audio market has developed over the past couple of years the once niche digital-to-analog converter (DAC) product category has turned into a major player player as the consumer audio market continues to evolve as a facilitator of digital audio entertainment.

The Colo.-based distributor Aaudio Imports and its German-based Balanced Music Concept (B.M.C.) recently added to the surging DAC category through the introduction of the PureDAC digital-to-analog converter. B.M.C. says the PureDAC is the first product in the company’s PureLine series of components that are designed to serve the requirements of lifestyle and design-conscious consumers that expect performance, modern aesthetics and value from their purchases of everything from cars and appliances, to clothing and consumer electronics.

One of the DAC’s unique features is the inclusion of a headphone amplifier and this option allows homeowners to listen to their favorite music privately at whatever volume they desire without sacrificing the ability to integrate the DAC into a loudspeaker-based system. Not only does the DAC incorporate a built-in headphone amp, it also features the company’s Digital Intelligent Gain Management (DIGM) volume and amplification control technology that calibrates gain without negatively affecting the input signal. Other design elements built into the DAC include B.M.C.‘s Load Effect Free (LEF) technology that is said to handle a speaker’s current demand separately from the voltage demand, which ultimately helps to streamline the DAC’s internal circuitry.

The DAC’s rear panel offers the choice of asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, Toslink and coax digital inputs, and balanced (XLR) and RCA outputs. B.M.C. also notes the PureDAC includes the option of the company’s direct-to-amplifier Current Injection (CI) link that allows electronics professionals to connect the DAC straight to one of its amplifiers. This option the company explains is designed to facilitate signal purity to increase a B.M.C. system’s overall sound quality.

 





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Product News · Audio · Video · Digital Media · Headphones · Computer Audio · Asynchronous Usb · Digital-to-analog Converters · All topics

About the Author

Robert Archer, Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass.

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