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.]

Phil Sommers's picture

This would help my system.  Thanks for the chance to win.

cokemachineglow's picture

AS I have no dac currently I think this one would fit the bill quite nicely! Do send please!



vrax's picture

...with you, my heart will be full!  Please, be mine! heart

TeflonScoundrel's picture

Please let it be mine

brendanh's picture

I deserve this... really!

Doktor Avalanche's picture

Would be a very nice addition. 

RolfeZ's picture

Would love to upgrade from my DAC1

katondepena's picture

If I don't win this, my wife will kill me if I buy another piece of audio equipment this year. Thanks in advance for saving my life.

wellsight's picture

I'd like one of these.

wellsight's picture

I'd really like one of these.

ophan's picture

I'm in.

buckaroo's picture

Me and my Sennheisers are hopeful we win.

WesternWolf's picture


aliahk's picture

It's my birthday today and this week I broke my laptopb screen, my washing mashine and today also my digital tv t-tuner. Please turn my bad luck streak!!!!


Chears from a real music lover

cclay's picture

Me please!

JUNO-106's picture

Sign me up!

georgehifi's picture

I love freebee's, and this would really set me off.


Cheers George

manynvt's picture

Me too - Thanks

tjmack25's picture

and someday this will be mine, oh yes it will!

stereoGoodness's picture

would work nicely in my system

rockoqatsi's picture

...would be very happy indeed.

Triode Breath's picture

This would be swell.

mcd0234's picture

gods i want one of these so badly

saronian's picture

Free DAC, I'm in.

n00b3at3r's picture

Benchmark DAC2 HGC FTW!!!

jmq's picture

Maybe they can use this one for the Beatles mono lps?

bball3748's picture

hope I win...

Ammskore's picture

Sign me up!

Ammskore's picture

Sign me up!

shiitaki's picture

I would like to enter the drawing for the DAC please!  

DJs-Theater's picture

I'll take one please.

RyanJL's picture

Prepare to enter to win!

Preparing to enter to win.

Enter to win!

Entering to win.

HiFiHighjinks's picture

I would love to win this.

ikymagoo's picture

Would love to win this!

Prole's picture

Please accept my entry.

thomasrhee's picture

especially if it improves upon the the original.  Oh and btw.. would sure love to win this!

jpbas1's picture

Thankful for consideration....angle

mokgoldway's picture

i like stereos 

jlock438's picture

I would love to try Benchmark's latest.  Thanks!

Mortsnets's picture

random lucky commenter

JakeLaBonte's picture

Me want

Will762's picture

Perusing the information superhighway,
I came across a delightful sweepstake,
It's an excellent DAC,
And it's going free chaps!
I hope I'm bloody lucky today.

AVnerdguy's picture

Wow, I've never seen so many "comments" before.

moog man's picture

benchmark DACs are the best!

remmy04's picture

Shiny and New....the benchmark...something something awesome.

acawaigmail's picture

My DAC badly needs to be upgraded.

jba's picture

would be amazing to win a Benchmark!

spyder1's picture

Benchmark has always set the highest standards in development of DAC's. I hope I win!

rodeobrett's picture


jmdallas's picture

I hope I win this. It would be an awesome upgrade.

CaptainVinyl1's picture

Me want! Bad

maelob's picture

I want one please.

hondo's picture

Benchmark DAC's are excellent.

1ghostorchid's picture

I'm in like Flynn!

rmh2345's picture

I'd love to audition a new DAC.

sssceo's picture

I really, really, hope I win! 

bjsanta's picture

Let's make every post a winner.

msagar's picture

I'm in

street deezy's picture

This is unbelievable. I could only dream of being able to own one of these. Good luck everybody.smiley

Barihunk's picture

I would love to have one!

Elsound's picture

The resolution will be heard!

Mainelli's picture

Win, please!

Tari's picture

To my Mytek.

bmilwee's picture

Fingers crossed. Pick me!

Landon Thorpe's picture

for my DAC1....

bigdish's picture

Thank you in advance!!

alexandrov's picture

I want one.

ssimon's picture

as I said, I want it now....

colormeandrew's picture

Wow, this tank looks like an wonderful way to get away from "low fi"/"medium fi" and start on my first hifi.

mikakaar's picture

Thank you for this!

kind-of-blue's picture

absolutly cool

lyoung's picture

Wow do I need this !!!

RobertS's picture

"Baby, even the losers... get lucky sometimes".....

ybinter's picture

 to my setup

panicroom's picture

Count me in!

stochasticJim's picture

... I may have to commit to getting it better company. :-)

JJW's picture

This would be a great addition.

BluesDaddy56's picture

Wouldn't mind adding this to my system one bit!

Mwilllie's picture

WOW!!!! This is Great!

JXK24's picture

I would love this as a new headphone amp.

timflood23's picture

Count me in, please.

onemorecappa's picture

Nice dac

harryr6574's picture

I could sure use something like this.  The DAC I currently use is outdated and could surely be improved.

germay0653's picture

DSD is the new frontier and I want to ride that train!

PTA's picture

Better than dac 1 plus dsd  and maybe free?What more could you ask for?

pallol's picture

Gimme gimme!

DanSpruce's picture

I'll take one please!

HB's picture

Nice but I cannot afford it. Maybe I will win, maybe not.

deckeda's picture


katie's picture


noggers's picture

Hope I get to say thank you.

fdr186's picture

Let give luck a chance

wmocomtn's picture

Sounds like Benchmark has raised the level of its already impressive DAC.

srayancha's picture

Well I'd certainly love one of these!

pete86's picture


evanolynuk's picture

Sign me up!

kchamblin's picture

Can I have it, please.

Michael.Chernay's picture

Would love to have that in my system, may have to either way!

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


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!