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post #2266 of 2683

sorry to go off topic again, but how are benchmark dacs (1 or 2) with gs-x?

post #2267 of 2683

I have a DAC2 HGC and a GS-X mk2.

 

IMO, the DAC2 is a very accurate and uncolored DAC; it gives you what you put into it. So, if a recording is well mastered and sounds good, the output sounds the same.  If a recording is very hot and maxed out because of the loudness wars, then the DAC2 is not going to sweeten the sound at all...you'll hear this recording in all its "glory", for good or mostly bad.  Remember, Benchmark sells a lot of their products to the recording industry and if you're mixing a song, you don't want any coloration unless you put it there deliberately, which is why the DAC1 and DAC2 are so popular in studios.

 

The GS-X mk2 may add a little warmness to the DAC2's sound, but it isn't much.  So ultimately, your choice of cans probably would determine if the combo would work for you.

 

As for me, I sometimes find my set up a little too "truthful/analytical" when I use my HD-800s, so I just picked up a used QB-9 (24/192, not the upgraded DSD model) to see if sounds more musical with the HD-800s.  Ayre products are supposed to be a little "warmer" so it might match better with the HD-800s.

 

The other thing to consider with the Benchmark and Headamp combo, is the GS-X mk2 has 3 analog inputs and is a very nice preamp.  The HGC is a full blown preamp and DAC with 2 analog inputs, USB and 4 digital inputs (and remote) So unless you need all of the inputs that are available on the Benchmark, you are spending money for options you won't use...that's what I'm finding now that I added the Headamp.  The D version omits the analog inputs but still has USB and 4 additional digital inputs, so unless you really need all of this, you may want to head over to Gary's mid-level DAC shootout and find another DAC that sounds the same (he largely found that all but 2-3 of these DACs sounded the same to him including the DAC2 HGC, but YMMV).   Here's the summary of his results: http://www.head-fi.org/t/689783/december-2013-mid-level-dac-comparison/1170#post_10141530

 

If you already have the GS-X mk2, you could always test drive the Benchmark in your own rig (they have a generous 30 day return policy) and let your ears decide.


Edited by 7ryder - 1/7/14 at 7:24pm
post #2268 of 2683

hi folks,

I have to admit you definately are a contagious bunch ;):beerchug:.

 

After contemplating that my 20 year old Stax Lambda Pro  [SRD7-MkII & ED-1, ASR Emitter 1] might not be up to par anymore with my e20 DAC, I was "searching headphones" on the web and somehow got stuck on head-fi.

 

I do like the resolution and honesty of the Stax and consequently I am looking at HD800 and a suitable amp to drive it properly.

The apperant reason that my first post is showing up here is very simple. After working my way through all of the 150+ pages of this thread, I tonight pulled the trigger and ordered a HD800 from Justin and put the deposit down for a GS-X MkII DACT. Of course, I hope to be able to jump into the current batch :D, wish me luck.

Maybe I'm in :) 

post #2269 of 2683
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hi folks,

I have to admit you definately are a contagious bunch ;):beerchug:.

 

After contemplating that my 20 year old Stax Lambda Pro  [SRD7-MkII & ED-1, ASR Emitter 1] might not be up to par anymore with my e20 DAC, I was "searching headphones" on the web and somehow got stuck on head-fi.

 

I do like the resolution and honesty of the Stax and consequently I am looking at HD800 and a suitable amp to drive it properly.

The apperant reason that my first post is showing up here is very simple. After working my way through all of the 150+ pages of this thread, I tonight pulled the trigger and ordered a HD800 from Justin and put the deposit down for a GS-X MkII DACT. Of course, I hope to be able to jump into the current batch :D, wish me luck.

Maybe I'm in :) 

good luck.....

post #2270 of 2683
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good luck.....


 Thanks a bunch, if that doesn't help so quickly ;).

post #2271 of 2683

Yippie ki yay !

I'm in, got a confirmation from Justin last night :D:D:D.

And I did NOT ask how long it will take... guess when jumping in so late on this batch, I should better be quiet:o.

post #2272 of 2683
He confirmed you're in the current build batch? Lucky you! Someone must have dropped out. It was full a few months ago.
post #2273 of 2683

Yessss, indeed I'm one lucky son of a &#%$@ , big grinn ;-)))).

post #2274 of 2683

And....   sorry about your wallet..

post #2275 of 2683
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Yessss, indeed I'm one lucky son of a &#%$@ , big grinn ;-)))).

 

what is your name? i don't remember this email. the end of the current batch being built, pending cancellations is mid-october. 

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what is your name? i don't remember this email. the end of the current batch being built, pending cancellations is mid-october. 


Hi Justin,

 

I hope I didn't misunderstand the mail you sent me... you have an e-mail on this.

post #2277 of 2683

Such is life ... if it souds too good, it probably is. :eek:

I'm in but for the next batch too be completed in 4 to 6 month.

Popped the cork too early :(:( .

post #2278 of 2683

Waiting 4-6 months for something from Justin is nothing, totally worth the wait. 

post #2279 of 2683

The reality of great custom gear. Place your order and then get on about other things. One day Surprise!

post #2280 of 2683

So when will this batch ship / approximately?

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