Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC Review

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Highly Recommended

The Benchmark Media DAC2 HDC is one of those components that not only raises the bar, it forces the entire industry to step up their game and move forward. While one can expect a fantastic digital to analog converter from the same creators of the classic Benchmark 1, it’s hard to believe this company would also turn out one of the better sounding analog preamps I’ve heard. Combine the fact that you also have a reference class headphone section, and you now have a piece of equipment that is the one to beat. Easy recommendation from New Record Day!

DAC1 customers requested many new features which have been integrated into the new DAC2 HGC:

  • Sample Rate Display
  • Word Length Display
  • More Digital Inputs (5 total)
  • More Analog Inputs (2 total)
  • More Analog Outputs (3 total)
  • Digital Pass Through
  • Native DSD Conversion
  • Polarity Switch
  • Asynchronous USB 2.0
  • Driverless Asynchronous USB 1.1
  • Home Theater Bypass
  • Bi-Directional 12 Volt Trigger
  • Power Switch
  • Low Power Consumption
  • New Benchmark Technologies


  • Hybrid Gain Control
  • High-Headroom DSP
  • UltraLock2™ Jitter Attenuation System
  • Quad 32-bit balanced D/A Conversion System
  • Multi-Mode Asynchronous USB Audio System
  • Distributed Power Regulation
126 dB, A-Weighted
SNR:  123 dB, Unweighted
THD+N:  -109 dB, 0.00035% (1 kHz, 0 dBFS)
THD+N, -108 dB, 0.00040% (20 to 20 kHz sweep at – 3 dBFS)
Frequency Response:  +0 dB/-0.04 dB (20 to 20 kHz at Fs=96 kHz )

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