Benchmark DAC2 HGC Digital to Analog Audio Converter

The Benchmark DAC 2 HGC outperforms any digital to analog converter in this price point and represents great value for money in a market where a small increase in quality can mean a significant increase in price. The DAC2 HGC outperforms the DAC1 in every respect. It has lower noise, lower distortion, improved accuracy, outstanding musical detail, precise stereo imaging, an advanced digital filter design, and a new high-sample-rate Asynchronous USB Audio interface. All inputs are fully isolated from interface jitter by Benchmark's new UltraLock2™ jitter attenuation system. 


      Internal digital processing and conversion is 32-bits, and includes 3.5 dB of headroom above 0 dBFS. Four balanced 32-bit D/A converter are summed together for each balanced output. The performance of the DAC2 HGC exceeds the measurement limits of today's state-of-the art test equipment. Discover the analog sound of the DAC2 HGC.  DAC1 customers requested many new features which have been integrated into the new DAC2 HGC:

      • Sample Rate Display
      • Word Length Display
      • More Digital Inputs (5 total)
      • More Analog Inputs (2 total)
      • More Analog Outputs (3 total)
      • Digital Pass Through
      • Native DSD Conversion
      • Polarity Switch
      • Asynchronous USB 2.0
      • Driverless Asynchronous USB 1.1
      • Home Theater Bypass
      • Bi-Directional 12 Volt Trigger
      • Power Switch
      • Low Power Consumption
      • New Benchmark Technologies
      • Benchmark introduces some exciting new technologies in the DAC2 HGC:
      • Hybrid Gain Control
      • High-Headroom DSP
      • UltraLock2™ Jitter Attenuation System
      • Quad 32-bit balanced D/A Conversion System
      • Multi-Mode Asynchronous USB Audio System
      • Distributed Power Regulation
      • Hybrid Gain Control


       HGCTM (Hybrid Gain Control) - combines motor-driven active analog potentiometer, 32-bit digital attenuation, and passive analog attenuators, to achieve state-of-the-art performance
      • SABRE - 32-bit PCM D/A conversion system, four 32-bit D/A converters per channel
      • SABRE - Native DSD D/A conversion system, four 1-bit DSD D/A converters per channel
      • HPA2TM reference-grade headphone amplifier with dual outputs - “0-Ohm”, high-current
      • Multi-Mode Asynchronous USB Audio 2.0 - 24 bit/192 kHz, DSD (DoP 1.1)
      • Driverless Asynchronous USB Audio 1.1 - 24-bit/96 kHz
      • Benchmark UltraLock2TM Jitter Attenuation System - eliminates jitter-induced distortion
      • Sample Rate Display - 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz and DSD
      • Word Length Display - 16-bit, 24-bit
      • 2 Coaxial Digital Inputs - 24-bit/192 kHz PCM, DSD (DoP 1.1)
      • 2 Optical Digital Inputs - 24-bit/96 kHz PCM
      • 1 Coaxial Digital Output - digital pass through from USB, Coax, and optical inputs when jumpered
      • Aluminum IR Remote provides control of all functions
      • 2 Stereo Analog Inputs - 2 pairs, unbalanced (RCA)
      • 3 Stereo Analog Outputs - 1 pair, balanced (XLR), plus 2 pairs unbalanced (RCA)
      • Low-Impedance Passive Output Pads - 0, 10, and 20 dB - optimize output level to power amplifiers to maximize SNR
      • 2 HPA2TM Headphone Outputs - one output has option to automatically mute main outputs
      • HPA2TM gain jumpers for customizing headphone output gain for headphone sensitivities
      • 12V Trigger I/O - bi-directional 12V trigger can act as input, output, or both
      • Home Theatre Bypass - places selected input(s) in a fixed-gain pass-through mode
      • Polarity Switch - inverts the polarity of selected digital inputs
      • Mute and Dim Functions - accessible from remote or front panel
      • Automatic De-Emphasis - in response to consumer pre-emphasis bit (44.1, 48 kHz)
      • Power Switch - very low standby power - <0.5 w="" at="" 120="" vac="" span="">
      • High-Efficiency Low-Noise Power Supplies - only 12-15 W, 88-264 VAC, 50-60 Hz
      • Meets FCC Class B and CE emissions requirements
      • Tested for immunity to radiated and conducted RF interference
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