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.]

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


GeoStudios's picture

I want one too! me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, meeeeeee...............

Byounglee05's picture

I need this one. I was seriously looking into it!

lmf22's picture

I actually had a dream about the DAC2 last night.  I woke up with an intense desire to listen to one.  True story.  But I am a Ph.D graduate student and money is tight right now, so I guess the DAC2 audition will have to wait... unless... I win this.  

AndrewF's picture

That would work quite nicely in my setup.

jhadley's picture

I love the DAC1 and would love to be able to upgrade to the DAC2.

Robfine59's picture

To set this baby up in my library!

internethandle's picture

Always happy to enter an excellent Stereophile contest.



TreAdidas's picture

Count me in on this one!!

s10sondek's picture

Thanks for running this sweepstakes!  This constitutes my entry.

emmanuelv's picture

Would love to win this beauty :)

Bill N's picture

Would love to upgrade to this baby!

stilespj's picture

All your bits are mine!



techtape's picture

I deserve it more than others!

phill's picture


Re-Animator's picture

This would look (and sound) great in my system.  Please pick me!

Eagle13's picture

This looks like the best DAC out there

niten's picture

Cheers to audio!

sfactor23's picture

hopefully! Thanks!

ac714's picture

Count me in!

rnarumi's picture


idigmingus's picture

Ain't nobody got time for that!

I'm your winner!

GloryUprising's picture

For the chance. I am looking into building a balanced setup. 

mvaltieri's picture

I whish I could read more reviews about it, but I was about to get it anyway by December. Better if you send me one free!!

hypernox2001's picture

My logitech needs a mate....

HIFIMAN-HE-400's picture


d99ivar's picture

Nice DAC is nice

evaldoaltino's picture

This is mine! Thanks!

MiLKMAN's picture

This DAC would be great upgrade for enjoying music even more :)

dougsing's picture

Hit me!

lellis's picture

I have been using a Benchmark DAC1 USB since 2008 and it allows me to get a very decent sound even from modest sources like a netbook, the iPad and also my Squeezebox Duet (when it works...).

The DAC2 seems to be a great product and surely would give me a reason to dig deeply in the field of computer audio, starting with a new, up-to-date music server.

js's picture

I have been looking so much at this one to upgrade my system. What a great opportunity! Finger crossed...

daddyx's picture

This would make a nice upgrade to my system. On the other hand, this would force me to upgrade my system. Wishful thinking on my part, I guess.

WishTree's picture

This looks like a great a DAC and might be the right answer for a very long search!

euidon's picture

Rock me baby~~~

dave2dreams's picture

Pick me please.

stebaht's picture

Muchas Gracias :)

ednazarko's picture

I've got just the place for this...

Greg121986's picture

I would love for the DAC2 HGC to transport me into a state of bliss with asynchronous USB. 

Pericomojado's picture

Muchas Gracias!

docdan50's picture

looks good

Pjay's picture

win it

karlrborne's picture

I can't believe how many give aways you all have.  Thanks.

SimplePleasures's picture

I want it!

rep4ever's picture

Direct DSD, one of the best DAC's on the market regardless of cost, and a better chance of winning than the Hoosier Lottery all for free? OK!

mav52's picture

Looks like a nice unit, I want one, But I can't wait for someone to do a comparsion against the Mytek DSD 192 DAC

prerich45's picture

Gimme' dat!!!!! I mean, may I please aquire that dac? winkcool

mohit25's picture

or you won't. i hope you do though :-)

neogeo's picture

This would be great to have.

Jon T. Gale's picture

Direct DSD?! I've been waiting. Count me in!

snorin's picture

Count me in please.

nielsabel's picture

I'm interested.  Looks like a nice piece of equipment.

james's picture

thanks to Benchmark and Stereophile for this contest! Nice feature list on this thing.

Capucco's picture

... is a sublime piece of gear.

I'm crossing fingers (and toes) that I can get hold of it!





WillWeber's picture

a nice musical addition!

James.Seeds's picture

I'm feeling Lucky today

scardeal's picture

I'd take it.

Spotcheck Billy's picture

......please choose me!

SebieDreamtime's picture

Exactly what my system "needs" right now!

johnmotex's picture

Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

andymoore's picture

This would be a dream come true!   Really, honestly, just last night I had this very dream!