Synergy is a word used to make people buy more/new equipment. What other reason could a body have for replacing perfectly good equipment. It's all nonsense.
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The only observation that I'd share is in regard to the DAC-1. It's got a specific sound (transparent, but lean) that many love (including me...in the right system), but it is not for every taste . Moreover, ultimate satisfaction for many folks who do like the DAC-1 will still be system dependent.
Further, if you do decide that you like the Benchmark sound, you might consider the DAC-1 Pre, which adds a pre-amp section to the DAC-1 for an additional $400ish and would allow you to skip the X-10 and pocket the difference.
Compared to what's coming out these days, the DAC-1 is getting long in the tooth. The Sept. issue of Stereophile did a comprehensive review of the Musical Fidelity V-DAC mk ii and--decoding via asynchronous USB--jitter was pretty much non-existent. I'd never seen test result plots like that, and this on a DAC at a list price of $379. It should sound even better with the Pangea power supply upgrade package.
John Atkinson's conclusion after running the tests was:
The Musical Fidelity V-DAC II may be affordably priced, but its measured performance is almost beyond reproach. Extraordinary!