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.]

marci's picture


egg3000's picture

Come on Stereophile!

JIGF's picture

Okay, time for another sweepstake, hope my luck is better for this one.

Timnlex's picture


Would love to upgrade to this!

legacyguy's picture

Sign me up for the Sweepstakes!  If I win, this will be my first real standalone DAC!

VTdG's picture

it will be mi lucky charm

quiller's picture

My treehouse needs this!! cool

simpsonjp's picture

Oh Lord want you give me a Benchmark DAC2

My Digits are longing to be converted by you!

alexgerli's picture

I am seeing this as a great fit for my rack mount system, I currently use a portable dac/amp that doesn't decode 192, or DSD. This will help my music sing!

alexgerli's picture

I am seeing this as a great fit for my rack mount system, I currently use a portable dac/amp that doesn't decode 192, or DSD. This will help my music sing!

billmk's picture

Wow, this would be a nice upgrade.

genoaz42's picture

I've been looking for a DAC that does DSD.

corrective_unconscious's picture

I see you're not fooling around with this sweepstakes stuff.

verstunken's picture

I had a DAC1 and enjoyed it. But it is gone and this new delicious one, which has a preamp, is for me. Would be most happy to win.


oncojoon's picture

I love my Dac1 but this looks to be a nice upgrade!

Sbozarth's picture

love it!

StevenBozarth's picture

Count me in for the sweepstakes!

Cgideon's picture

What a great gift for my husband!!

Headphonefan's picture

  This would be a wonderful addition to my computer setup, and would sound wonderful with my AKG 702 headphone's.

mattpk's picture

Winning this would end my endless daydreaming of optimizing the sound quality from my computers library! Thank you for the opportunity! 

vinht23's picture

Fingers crossed. Can't wait.

briang007's picture

Love the sound of the new Benchmark DAC2 HGC! Tons of detail with an easy natural sound. I like the new DSD decoding abilities as well.

stevelk58's picture

I need a DAC. Heard this one sounds great!

DanStarr1155's picture

What a serious addition this would be as I add a MacMini to my audio system!  Now if I could only find a player to supplant iTunes... 

cesson2054's picture

I can`t wait for a review of this unit and how it compares to the NAD M51

damballah's picture

Would love to add one of these to my desktop system.  Great looking product.  

jacobg12's picture

My old garage sale MSB just went out, so I could use some new equipment!

Aalders's picture


gld3gld3's picture

This would just be wonderful!

caveatemptor's picture

Would be awesome. 

Pony Coyote's picture

I'd love to win!

mike walters's picture

Music Sweet Music!yes

tubeman76's picture

I have the DAC1 and love it, but would like to hear the upgraded DAC.

xkaapie's picture

This would make my day, to win this beauty!

davidjarvis's picture

I would love to own one!!

MET_ENGR's picture

I need this. *fingers crossed*

Shmoopy's picture

Checking in. I hope it's me!

IvoV's picture

Looks like it should be the right thing for my system. One more analog input would be nice and I hope that remote build quality is as good as preamp itself. So many manafacturers seem to forget that remote is the thing user is in direct contact with and judges build quality by the quality of the remote

Supica's picture

Lovely thing, just what I need

curtdog's picture

would love to have

Musicaltruth's picture

Thanks for the opportunity to win this great piece of gear! Count me in!

blucat13's picture

The DAC-1 sounds fantastic - so much clarity - would love to hear the v.2 on my system!

blucat13's picture

The DAC-1 sounds fantastic - so much clarity - would love to hear the v.2 on my system!

bracondale's picture

Just what I need.

lenbell's picture

Would love abenchmark of my won

kuaya's picture

bless me with this beauty audiophile god.

calvin.yoa's picture

hope to win!

paul.raulerson's picture

When can we expect a full review of this little jewel? And oh, sign me up for the giveaway please! 


jr285714's picture

I hope I win this.

NEvans87's picture

Thanks in advance for this excellent prize!

Ned's picture

Look's great, I'm in.

schugh's picture

Would love to have this one even more.

agnotologist's picture

I would love to own such an amazing piece of equipment. I hope there is a review forthcoming.

Izuall's picture

"Four balanced 32-bit D/A converters" O.O ..heart.

Calcifer's picture

hope to win!

malong's picture

Own the DAC1 for years and I love it. Good to know DAC2 supports DSD finally!

agaray66's picture

Already dreaming...

rkakkar's picture

DACs help

salt air's picture

Worth giving up the ol' email address for this!  I could REALLY use the upgrade.


mike.akimbo's picture

This is the Cat's Meow!

Matching_Mole's picture

Want to touch it, and love it, and listen to it!

Thomaskl's picture

I want one!

xridel's picture

Would love to add this to my system cheeky

adwit19's picture

this would be very nice to have-so I hope I win!!!!!

IMWorks's picture

The Benchmark DAC2 HGC is truly an outstanding piece of digital gear -- one that I had the fortune to audition a few weeks ago in partnership with my company.  All said, the Benchmark DAC2 HGC is truly giant killer that would make a terrific cost-no-object addition to anyone's high-end system, but the fact that it can be had for under $2K makes it a vitual steal.

Nuz1's picture

Would love to add this to the rack!

pcharlesd's picture

Nothing better than setting a New Benchmark!

konkaree's picture

I have a DAC1 and love it, but I'm sure I can find room for a DAC2!

alvt's picture

I've been moving all my music to PC.  I haven't bought a DAC yet and this is the one I desire.  Pick me and save me 2 grand!

danp's picture

Hey, I could use this.  And, I've got enough cables to fill up the back!

kimchi2's picture

I guess it''s about time I replaced my PAS-3.... 

christopherb's picture

Can't wait to see if I am lucky enough to win this. Thanks.

aopu.mohsin's picture

Love to rediscover digital music with it.

stereophilereader's picture

my digital is so out-of-date this is just what's needed to bring it into the 21st century.


simbleone's picture


mrobin425's picture

This looks like fun.

VERNON's picture


adresdaniela's picture

One for me and audionirvana is done :)

Packgrog's picture

Oh good lord, yes please!

Borneogoat's picture

This would work might schmick with my system!

lpaudio2's picture

Look forward to a review, curious how this compares to the PS Audio NuWave. 

dmantel's picture

Nice dac! I want one :)