DACs

Benchmark DAC2 HGC

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Introduction to the Benchmark DAC2 HGC

I think it's fair to refer to the Benchmark DAC2 HGC as a DAC since that is its official title, or a headphone amplifier but the owner's manual refers to it as a 'Reference Stereo Preamplifier'. Whatever you call it, this little box does a lot. I reviewed it mostly as a DAC but tried out the preamp and headphone functions as well.

BENCHMARK DAC2 HGC SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Stereo DAC, Preamp and Headphone Amplifier
  • Connections: Inputs (analog): 2 x Stereo Unbalanced, Inputs (digital): 2 x Toslink Optical, 2 x Coaxial, 1 x USB
  • Outputs: 2 x RCA (unbalanced), 1 x XLR (balanced)
  • 1 bi-directional 12 volt trigger
  • Dimensions: 1.7" H x 9.5" W x 9.3" D
  • Weight: 3 Pounds
  • Price $1,995 USD
  • Benchmark
  • SECRETS TAGS: DAC, Preamplifier, Headphone Amplifier