I'll chime in again. I know I've mentioned earlier in the thread I also felt the internal DAC was a weak point. It wasn't quite my flavor but I've come to enjoy it occasionally. My main gripe with the DAC is the low end/bass just sounds a bit too boomy/loose compared to others I've tried. It definitely sacrifices some up front details that say the Benchmark 2 has. Though the Benchmark to me has a flatter presentation without as much depth. Pick your poison I suppose.