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.]

Slee ZZ's picture

Well, this just might be an EXTREMELY WELCOME addition to my system.

robm321's picture

This DAC is a beaut

dougspeterson's picture

I can't imagine how much fun I would have with this version.

labjr's picture

Count me in.

Gold503's picture

I just broke a mirror and walked under a ladder so....

babbu99's picture

I would love to have the new benchmark system...

jonahsdad's picture

I'm in.

Frank G's picture

  Pick me please

slappyjoe's picture


cmonache's picture

Looking forward to Stereophile's review of this unit!!!

EndersShadow's picture

This would make my computer setup ROCK! 


Pick me!!!!

coffmand27's picture

Ooooh. Jitter attenuation. Nice.

Wmiles49's picture


Benchmark DAC2 HGC Digital-to-Analog Converter Sweepstakes

RBrooks's picture

Thanks in advance.

Veniogenesis's picture

This would be perfect for replacing my old Parasound DAC! :D

Moukamal's picture

Worth the effort..

Philer's picture

Pick me, please1

fourxmotion's picture

I want one!

jnani's picture


Vatsan's picture

Totally worth the effort!

sonicsmoke's picture

Have mercy! I've always wanted a Benchmark and would love to have one of these. Thanks for the opportunity!

Syrez's picture's what you play with your DAC that matters.

bsn64's picture

This Benchmark DAC2 HGC Digital-to-Analog converter would truly raise the bar in my system. 

poopfeast420's picture

Looking forward to hear how greatly it trounces my DAC1.

BobMc's picture

This would be the most expensive component in my system

jb26's picture

Please please please

dennis69's picture

Good morning and greetings from Germany :) I'm also in for this nice offer.

daadaa's picture

damn ... this is what i need in my stereo!

lonceros's picture

hope to win! 

Ombudsmann's picture

I am all in for the Benchmark. Thanks so much.

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.

zoltanvarga's picture


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

malvo's picture

to say how lovely this would look at my house? -M

Travis Klersy's picture

C'mon, get me into computer audio at last.

Samac's picture

Outstanding sweepstake! Thanks!

Axiom05's picture

It must be my turn to win something! 

HIFIMAN-HE-400's picture


stevo's picture

Holy cow...this is the reason I've not won anything so prize ever!

Kilgore Trout's picture

Chicken dinner

Ormy51's picture

Holy googlymoogly

chriswild's picture

Winning this would bring my what seems like endless DAC search to and abrupt and incredible ending.

Thanks for the consideration.

david.parker83's picture

Benchmark would be tasty!

timmawhinney's picture

Pick me! ;-)

blownrx7's picture

Love to have one! Count me in.

chris huys's picture

I would like to win this!!

chriseuph's picture

Oh Boy.

Timbana's picture

Come to poppa!!!

matthra's picture


Keith P's picture

Cool idea.

cvillevideo's picture

I've been looking for a new DAC.

srilitz's picture

Would love to win this awesome dac!

1audio1's picture

Beautiful DAC. A great upgrade.

ABQOkami's picture

Please, oh please. Thank you

Tony's picture

Much appreciated...

WJT7's picture

for another great giveaway.



edahlen's picture

Here's hoping I win!

alexwgoody's picture

I've wanted to hear one for so long

10sephirot's picture

need it.  Gots to have it.

Ahat07261983's picture

Created an account just to win this...

breadman's picture

yes it will fit on the rack!

Synaptic's picture

Good Enough for me

Dat007or's picture

I really, really want this DAC to be mine!

funambulistic's picture

Yes, please!

jdmcderm's picture

You guys run some cool contests, but this one might be the best so far.  Thanks for a great mag, site and for being gracious with us readers at shows.  Cheers!  

HiFi Man's picture

Pick me!!!

ashman's picture

And on my office desk!

mattgur's picture


Serge's picture

Thanks to Stereophile,  plus i need a dac like this for my work as new sound engineer.

nish.nandankar's picture

I'm in! 

SpinMark3313's picture

Most definitely needs the Benchmark DAC.  Thanks for the opportunity...

sgibson389's picture

Being a random winner at Stereophile is better having a random at work!

The Benchmark product line is impressive.

Bem's picture


if you pick me, I'll send you my adress

and a huge "thank you" postcard.

(and may be even wooden shoes)

nandrosa's picture

Currently in the market for an asynch USB DAC to use with my lossless audio collection.

jcband's picture

I need an upgrade on my DAC!!!!

eganz's picture

Looks like another great unit. It's nice to see DSD inputs appearing on DACs, I was always a great lover of SACD.

antubaro's picture

The big question is whether DSD is ever going to be the answer to our quest for a great sound.

Andrea Tubaro

shaynet98's picture

This new product certainly looks interesting!

MattArmstrong's picture

Holding my breath.

ninjagosg's picture

yes please!

popluhv's picture

for me!

ftzoeckler's picture

Watchin' the chips roll in...Otis Redbook

nckslvrmn's picture

I would love to own this bad boy!!

wcarpenter's picture

Pick me!

tevirs's picture

Best Prize Ever!

attilahun's picture

Wow, this is an awesome giveaway!

I'd love to win this!

seander77's picture

This is an awesome giveaway.  I would love to win a Benchmark DAC2!!!!!

prattkidd's picture


bsm539's picture

I won

philipjohnwright's picture

I've been thinking about a new DAC; this would fit the bill perfectly.

torturegarden's picture

This would be a nice replacement for my budget DAC. 

stella's picture

Happy President's Day.

JamesGeee's picture

Yes please

Ulogin's picture

Pick me

MatthewSTL's picture

The Benchmark would fit beautifully in my system and would provide hours of enjoyment for my four-month old and would probably help me finish my dissertation by, in other words, it would be very welcome!


Thanks for offering another fantastic sweepstakes.

Wcwc's picture

Looks like a good DAC. I really wish I win it.

MeCurious's picture

Just what I been looking for.

Thank you.

sumbuba's picture

Hoping it's me !

kabjunk's picture

count me in...

remlab's picture


Cklinkha's picture

Already been saving for one of these.

TwoChannelJunkie's picture

gimmmme gimmmme gimmmme!

npoguy's picture

I really need this!!!

failynn's picture

Make a great day!

jelyon's picture

I say "please," and "thank you."

desennium's picture

I'm currently listening on my motherboard's sound card. Boy, wouldn't it be nice to have a real digital source!!!!!!!?

p@perplanes's picture

I want this DAC sooooo bad! Please consider me as it will help me listen to music the way it was intended to be.

zapper's picture

I'll take it!

jluimda's picture

it would make my stereo sings

KDub's picture

Pick me to win this fantastic unit!!!

rhirsch's picture

I would love to win this.

bonhamcopeland's picture


Tony von Krag's picture

I could use one.

pelodyn's picture

Looks very nice! Please register me- I'll need this to listen to the new MBV album in high-res!

chris87's picture

By all accounts a fantastic DAC and preamp - wouldn't mind adding it to my stereo system!

WIlksFiveFive's picture

I didn't win when I entered for the dragonfly; I expect this time will be different.

Fullbull111's picture

Would love this product

JeffP's picture

neither profane nor spam.

And good luck to me.

Erkit's picture

Fingers crossed....

NewHTbuyer's picture

Hope I finally win one of these!

yossarian1010's picture

Winning would be a push in the right direction to upgrade the rest of my system, which was built for a beginner's home theater.

Malcolm02's picture

I would love to have one.

Michael Dixon's picture

A great opportunity to improve my system - thanks Stereophile for giving me the chance!