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February 15, 2007. Chicago, IL
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CEntrance Helps Client Improve PC Audio Quality

Benchmark Media Systems announces first native 24/96 USB DAC



 
 
Benchmark Media's DAC-1 USB
 
 
 
 

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Chicago, IL - February 15, 2007 - CEntrance Inc., a leader in pro audio technology, added a high profile client to its already extensive client roster today. Benchmark Media Systems of Syracuse, NY is the first licensee of CEntrance's advanced USB interface technology, which is natively compatible with both OS X™ and Windows™. Known for the pristine audiophile quality of their products, Benchmark turned to CEntrance for help in developing a professional quality, 24-bit 96-kHz USB solution for their flagship DAC1 product.


The new, USB-enabled DAC1 offers both audiophile performance and easy setup. The product does not require installation of any custom drivers, offering a level of simplicity previously not possible for products in this category of quality. CE1706, the CEntrance USB microphone reference design served as the backbone for the USB audio solution.


"We worked with driver teams at Apple and Microsoft to make sure that neither OS resampled the audio on its way to the DAC", notes Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. "This way we could avoid the audible artifacts of sample rate conversion, at all sample rates and bit depths. The resulting audiophile-quality solution performs equally well on OS X and current flavors of Windows, including Vista."


"The DAC1 USB is the only PC audio interface device that is fully satisfactory; in terms of bit-accuracy, sample-rate, and word-length performance," added Allen Burdick, President of Benchmark Media Systems, "it's intuitive, it's easy - it's USB audio done right."


"We conducted stringent audio-quality tests on four different operating systems using a variety of audio playback applications", noted John Siau, Director of Engineering at Benchmark Media Systems. "Other design firms told us that we were asking for the impossible, but CEntrance delivered an advanced USB solution that met all of our exacting specifications."


CEntrance is a proven leader in audio product design. From Alesis to Zoom, audio companies select CEntrance for quality, timeliness and value. The company's lowest latency audio drivers are compatible with the majority of FireWire audio chips. Drivers and reference designs are available for USB, FireWire, PCI, and Ethernet solutions. Please call 847-581-0500 for a quote on your next project.


About CEntrance, Inc.
Founded in 2000, CEntrance is a full-service design firm that brings to market differentiated audio and entertainment products. The company's holistic, customer-focused approach blends product strategy, design, innovation, and outsourcing coordination. CEntrance helps increase its clients' profitability by consistently delivering products that reinforce business goals and brand identity. CEntrance is headquartered near Chicago with offices in California, Wisconsin, and Russia. For more information, visit www.CEntrance.com or call 847-581-0500.


About Benchmark Media Systems
Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. is a privately-held manufacturer of precision audio electronics providing leading-edge performance to broadcasters, recording studios, sound reinforcement contractors, and home audiophiles since 1978. For more information, visit www.benchmarkmedia.com or call 800-262-4675.