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.]

peaveygtr's picture

This would let me enjoy all of the music I have on my computer and free me from sound card reliance or redundant speaker setups. But, aside from luck of the draw, it's also another piece of good equipment I can only wish for currently.

NextGenPhile's picture

Pick Me!

Staxguy's picture

Nice DAC

roscoeiii's picture

I would love to win.

semordnilap's picture

How Great!

alfa1970's picture


mr big's picture

I want.

aboil's picture

would be a very nice addition.

Cavedude13's picture

I cant so no to this offer!

szynkowski's picture

Winning this would make my year!!

volvic's picture

Doubt I'll win.....prove me wrong. 

Cdef's picture

DSD just what i need!!! thanks

betanzo's picture

I need this  DAC!


msog85's picture

Would love this in my studio!

ach's picture

I’d like to congratulate Benchmark for keeping up w/ the competition and adding DSD. Another improvement is simplified gain control. In DAC1, variable vs non-variable gain – non-variable mode required an adjustment of each channel w/ the trim pots, which was quite inconvenient for a regular user. It’s also good to have the indicators for the sample rate and word length. However, I’m surprised that Benchmark didn’t disclose the type of the low-pass filter used (linear phase, minimum phase, or apodizing). It shouldn’t be such a big deal, especially now when everyone uses pretty much similar technology. There is also no option for user-selectable filter, but perhaps the price couldn’t be the same. Also, I found that the manual is not always clear enough in explaining all features available (eg, I couldn’t find what the HT indicator on the front panel is for).

avigers's picture

I'm saving up for one of these anyway, so heck yes - add me to the list!

Thank you.

Larscis's picture

But can it compete with the Schiit Bifrost?

Jack_Mlynek's picture

Oh, Benchmark, be mine ;-)

bpollack's picture

I wouldn't turn one down.

svenska's picture

You betch I want one of those puppies

jdpalmer1's picture

This would be a great way to start my next upgrade cycle.

markhenninger's picture

Nice contest. Can't wait to listen to it!

silverblues's picture

Count me in!

kchuang's picture

Seems like  a significant upgrade- Would love to see a full review in comparison to some of the others in its price range !

smward's picture

So this could be my reference.

pyim's picture

I would love to win one to pair with headphones (HD650, and maybe HD800) !

Aelussa's picture

I'd certainly like to win that!

mstott's picture

replacement for the airport built-in dac!

Modi Hammarstedt's picture

It'd be nice to win since I'm a broke college student!

zen2000's picture

would be great for my logitech touch!

tlayman's picture

Maybe this will be it!!

smorzando's picture



Wow. This is a beautiful contest. I would do a handstand if I won this.

quadlover's picture

What a wonderful bargain.  I would love to replace my Benchmark Dac with this unit.

Tonko Papic's picture


If I win I will have the better DAC in the world.

Best Regards from Chile

auee's picture

for an excellent product.

bplexico's picture

This would be a most welcome addition  to my home!


rbnbob's picture

Oh, to own a Benchmark!

Rxcobb's picture

Would be a great addition to my stuff.

jjgr's picture

Would be cool to compare to my first gen DAC1 which has served me well for 6+ years.  Pick me!

mshelix's picture

Looking forward to Stereophile's review

dynamicmad's picture

To DAC or not to DAC that is the question.'s picture

I have been wanting to get a benchmark DAC but cannot see myself pluncking close to $2000.00 for a DAC...but this maybe an opportunity...

icb's picture

Looks great, can't wait to hear how it sounds. ; )

Heavyp's picture

I want one!

mfoster's picture

I love Sterophile!  You keep giving us great opportunities to win outstanding equipment!  Thanks!

apalena's picture

I want it so bad! I have been through half a dozen DACs and I have not found one that I have truly fallen in love with. I can't wait to try out a benchmark. 

jamesk's picture

This may cure my digititus!

AndrewARCH's picture

I would love this!

AndrewARCH's picture

I would love this!

alemon74's picture



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