Benchmark DAC2 HGC Digital-to-Analog Converter Sweepstakes

Register to win an Benchmark DAC2 HGC Digital-to-Analog Converter (MSRP $1995) we are giving away.


According to the company:

Benchmark has just raised the bar with the new DAC2 HGC, defining a new reference. With over 15 new features, the DAC2 HGC packs more processing power in the same DAC1 series form factor.

The DAC2 HGC is a reference-grade digital to analog converter, stereo system pre-amplifier, and headphone amplifier with infrared remote control. It supports D/A conversion of PCM sample rates up to 192 kHz, as well as direct DSD conversion. Other features include sample rate and word length display, UltraLock2™ jitter attenuation, asynchronous USB Audio 2.0, polarity switch, home theater bypass, bi-directional 12V trigger, additional analog and digital inputs and outputs, digital pass-through, and high-efficiency low-noise power supplies.

The DAC2 HGC builds upon Benchmark’s highly successful DAC1 family. Every DAC1 subsystem has been redesigned and upgraded to achieve higher performance. The DAC2 HGC includes an updated version of Benchmark's highly effective UltraLock™ jitter-attenuation system. DSP processing is 32-bits, DSP headroom is 3.5 dB, sample rate is 211 kHz, and jitter-induced distortion and noise is at least 140 dB below the level of the music - well below the threshold of hearing. Benchmark's UltraLock2™ system eliminates all audible jitter artifacts.

Click here for more info.


To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on this website. If you don't already have one, click on the link labeled "register" at the bottom of this announcement or "Create new account" in the right column (under the ads). Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the "Create new account" button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a comment right here on this announcement—any comment will do, as long as it's not profane or spam. Then, when the sweepstakes closes, a lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive the prize. So post a comment, and good luck!

For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

sanba's picture

This looks like a great piece of kit!

DH's picture

to win this!

Isaac.'s picture

I'll take one.  Thanks!

DH's picture

I think Stereophile's lawyers need to go back to law school (or grade school) - the contest rules refer to the above non-existent dates.smiley


...Somebody didn't proofread the contest rules form when he put in the month of February.

pstvone's picture

I would love a Benchmark DAC please

donahewj's picture

i need this

ChrisS's picture


chaco1's picture

Please help me get started in digital audio.  I need this!

Audio_newb's picture

Can't complain if they keep offering up free stuff.  Nice to see a substantial update from Benchmark.  While the DAC1 was one of the first shots across the bow of megabuck disc spinners, it has been growing a little long in tooth, especially as the affordable USB DAC space has exploded in recent years.

ejohnsen627's picture

Yes please enter me in the contest

Jedimstr's picture

I want!

MrGneiss's picture

My turn to win!! :-D

ytl's picture

but the product itself seems no longer the bargain the original version was.

brw's picture

Thank you, Stereophile team, for a quality publication and these generous giveaways.

Devil Doc's picture

This, would be a wonderful addition.

rjbat's picture

I want one :>

bertdw's picture

Thanks, Stereophile.

john_doherty63's picture

Great magazine. Happy to register to win this product

TheGuyInTheHat's picture

i'll try to find a place to put this

Mdo's picture

Lets get DAC'in !!!

eburbeck's picture

Would love to win it!

JR_Audio's picture

Please sign me on.

Shaffer's picture

I'd love this!

liuj88's picture

Pick me, please!

filmfresser's picture

Hopefully, it sounds warmer than the dac1.

Dick James's picture

Sure looks like a good product.

nutcase's picture

This will work great in my system.

markbrauer's picture

Just what I need.

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nirodha's picture

I'll even write a review for you (comparing this unit to my ancient dCS Elgar Plus ;-) if you pick me.

Hey, I'm not too lazy to do my share cheeky


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