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.]

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.

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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!

jakeintrepid's picture

Nice piece of gear! From a nice company. I would like to have this.

Phil Sommers's picture

This would help my system.  Thanks for the chance to win.

cokemachineglow's picture

AS I have no dac currently I think this one would fit the bill quite nicely! Do send please!



vrax's picture

...with you, my heart will be full!  Please, be mine! heart

TeflonScoundrel's picture

Please let it be mine

brendanh's picture

I deserve this... really!

Doktor Avalanche's picture

Would be a very nice addition. 

RolfeZ's picture

Would love to upgrade from my DAC1

katondepena's picture

If I don't win this, my wife will kill me if I buy another piece of audio equipment this year. Thanks in advance for saving my life.

wellsight's picture

I'd like one of these.

wellsight's picture

I'd really like one of these.

ophan's picture

I'm in.

buckaroo's picture

Me and my Sennheisers are hopeful we win.

WesternWolf's picture


aliahk's picture

It's my birthday today and this week I broke my laptopb screen, my washing mashine and today also my digital tv t-tuner. Please turn my bad luck streak!!!!


Chears from a real music lover

cclay's picture

Me please!

JUNO-106's picture

Sign me up!

georgehifi's picture

I love freebee's, and this would really set me off.


Cheers George

manynvt's picture

Me too - Thanks

tjmack25's picture

and someday this will be mine, oh yes it will!

stereoGoodness's picture

would work nicely in my system

rockoqatsi's picture

...would be very happy indeed.

Triode Breath's picture

This would be swell.

mcd0234's picture

gods i want one of these so badly

saronian's picture

Free DAC, I'm in.

n00b3at3r's picture

Benchmark DAC2 HGC FTW!!!

jmq's picture

Maybe they can use this one for the Beatles mono lps?

bball3748's picture

hope I win...

Ammskore's picture

Sign me up!

Ammskore's picture

Sign me up!