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.]

mPfohl's picture

Amazing product..... 'nuff said!

dstanszu's picture

Oh yeah, I sure would like to win that!

brucks's picture

Winning a Benchmark DAC would be almost like winning the lottery!

desperaudio's picture

Always has been - right out of the get go. I've just never had the luxury of having one in my rig!!

gabeslotnick's picture

Definitely want one. Benchmark makes great gear.

manatee's picture

Is an awesome company, they make solid no fills AD/DAs.  Glad to just read about their products.

Bent Wookiee's picture

...if I could listen to the Beach Boys on this great DAC!

mainframe's picture

using a DAC1, now wanting a DAC2 !

charlie.carlosjimenez's picture


Pick Me! It sounds like its popular by demand. Thanks!


Chilli's picture

Separate analog and digital. Dsd. What's not to like?

Lece's picture


ren1316's picture

Let it be me

Quoctbui's picture

Would love to win this!

stephsub's picture

I'm an happy owner of the great DAC1 USB but I think it's maybe time to up grade!

audiotweakfreak's picture

Looks sweet! Put me in the contest!

chazoramine's picture

this sounds better than my onkyo receiver? I would guess, probably.

Crossing my fingers the interweb gods let me win this!

Dr. Spivey's picture

A new DAC would be wonderful.

Grayfossil's picture

I can be Random

lostchord83's picture

I love this DAC . 

pbarach's picture

Neve had a standalone DAC

666666's picture

I'm in.

redsandvb's picture

Whatta great prize!  cool

w allen's picture

This would make a great birthday present for my dad! He needs a new pre-amp and could really use a great DAC like this.

capdever's picture

This looks awesome!

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BudgetAudiophile's picture

As a Budget Audiophile, I think winning a great product from Benchmark & Stereophile would be an awesome addition to the further education of my 6 yr old Budding Audiophile son.  He would love to hear some Miles Davis or Jack White pumping through this all purpose component!

ryanyim's picture

DAC Needed... 

archiej's picture

I am new to sterophile equipment and I am just starting to shop for equipment. The Benchmark Dac2 would be nice to win to start off building my system.

batman44's picture

    This is the exact DAC I'd purchase if I had a $2000 DAC budget. My fingers are crossed!

taitg's picture

digital to analog... yes, please.

nile49's picture

but this ones mine! : )

clarus's picture

Just what I needed!

om05964's picture

I really need a new DAC, as in I don't currently have one.

shelbyd's picture

Gimme 'da DAC--please.

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haimoc's picture

Please count me in.  Thanks.

eatapc's picture

Great contest. Count me in.

mr_bill's picture

logged in and ready!

Bill H324's picture

A DAC to die for would round things out nicely!

morthall's picture

Fingers crossed... :o)

JohnBal's picture

Like Benchmark. Good luck everyone.

sharksfan's picture

Thanks for the opportunity

amadeuswus's picture

which probably uses a Benchmark product or two.  A DAC2 would be the perfect stablemate for my DAC1 Pre. 

d.strohmeier's picture

the little bits.

MickeC's picture

...the color?

B9at627's picture

...a contest for people outside the 50 United States and District of Columbia?


like me, for example.  

brett_s's picture

enter me in the drawing!

Derp_jenny's picture

I wouldn't mind if I owned this.

gionaz's picture

congrats for the review


rgcards's picture

nice product

trick211's picture

Yes Please!

BrandonD's picture

Would be an excellent addition.

eeifb's picture

Awesome pre-amp DAC combo! plus DSD support!'s picture

Wow what a DAC and DSD device. Way to go Benchmark!!

beek's picture

I have been tinkin bout pickin one of these up

tcharvet's picture

I will be waiting for it in the mail :)

jeffreyfranz's picture

I want it, I want it!

jayyy's picture

I hope you have a wonderful day.  smiley's picture

Best prize ever!

liav.teichner's picture

Wouldn't it be nice if we were older?

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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!

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gld3gld3's picture

This would just be wonderful!


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