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.]

ghostman's picture this thing on? Hello? Hello? come I ....oh. there I am. :) Good luck!

KP Mishra's picture

It will be a great addition to any stereo setup,



Ric Flinn's picture

I have been *very* interested in this product. Winning one would make my whole year.

Jer99's picture

Bought one a couple of weeks ago - it is absolutely sensationally good .. a step change in quality and pleasure .. don't dream about winning competitions guys, try one out at home now!

Vicolindo's picture

Just got the Sennheiser HD-650 cans! With this DAC I will be in audio nirvana!

CosmicHippo's picture


and thuaaaaaaaaaank you

CThru's picture

Fingers crossed...

TiFramelock's picture

This would certainly be a nice way to start...thank you for the opertunity. The funny thing is that I'm in the market for a new DAC right now and that's what brought me to the website in the first place. 

Thanks again.

martin_leves's picture

Would be great to win this dac!

kylewest's picture

fingers crossed!

nonoise's picture

I love it when Christmas comes early.

chrisartuad's picture

Dream into reality
Benchmark of hope

Et Quelle's picture

I was saving for the Primaluna and thought about buying the Centrance at T.H.E Show in Las Vegas last month. It was one of the few products you can buy and haul from T.H.E. Show in one punch. He offered it for $500 bucks. I do not know if it was new though it probaly was out of the box. Better than the $795, I have seen on the net. Just building my listening room, apart from the home theatre. I would love to start it with a free Benchmark, even though you guys believe it is more subtle than Centrance. Isn't a dac supposed to drastically improve the sound. Although you recommend the Benchmark!cheeky

mjazz's picture

for a long time. Would love to try DSD

bmad's picture

Looks like a great DAC

Meta's picture

Very nice, I thank you in advance!

KoSe's picture

coluld be a welcome addition to my system.

bprochford's picture

Please let it be this one.

Scloue's picture

There is someday, being a canadian is so difficult to accept

wudai_e's picture

Been dreaming for one for so long!

desmondjim's picture

Me Please

StCugat's picture


hutmacher's picture

Pick me

nowave's picture

Bring it on! 

sbjork's picture

  . . . would be nice.

cortes's picture


It would be great to win one of these.

GuyinVictoria's picture

The new Dac2 HGC from all accounts will be music to my ears.  Please include me in this contest & my ears will thank you.

selarom's picture

I've been looking at this particular DAC for a while. It has some very cool features. I personally like the HT bypass mode so I can integrate it directly to my home theather system.


Please, I want one!!

niarfe's picture

Thank you Stereophile and benchmark for giving us the chance to win this!!

I cannot afford one right now, and winning this would mean a lot to me and my music passion!!


Please choose me!


Thanks again.

jajur's picture

This would go extremely well with my SBT -> Naim Nait XS -> Dynaudio Contour S1.4

It's exactly what I need!


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