1. headwhacker

    Benchmark DAC3 HGC (w/ ESS Sabre 9028PRO)

    Bad timing on my part? I just bought a DAC2 couple of weeks ago. Now they release the DAC3.   I wonder how much can they improve from DAC2. Apparently using the latest Sabre DAC. Unfortunately, the headphone amp...
  2. T Bone

    Comparing Oppo HA-1 & Benchmark DAC-2 HGC

    I currently own an Oppo HA-1 (and I love it!)   That said, I feel like I can get a lot more out of my Audeze LCD-3 headphones.   I have been researching worthy upgrade candidates.  I have focused my search on DAC/AMP combos that are similar to my current HA-1, but with superior sound. One of...
  3. shuttleboi

    New Grace Design m920 DAC/amp with DSD decoding

    Grace Design updated their m903 with a new m920 model that has an ESS Sabre DAC with DSD decoding. More information here:   Stereo analog inputs - balanced (+4dBu) XLR and unbalanced (-10dBv) RCA. Ultra low distortion 32-bit /384khz Sabre...
  4. absent

    Purchasing LCD-X Amp DAC Suggestions.

    So I'm going to take the leap and get a pair of LCD-Xs.  I was wondering if you all had some suggestions on AMPs/DACs to go with them.  I was eyeing the Bifrost Asgard 2 combo but would like some other suggestions.   Fist thing, definitely looking for something solid state at this point...
  5. kawaivpc1

    Grace Design m920 vs Benchmark DAC2 HGC??

    Has anyone heard both of these units?   I'd like to hear your opinion...
  6. bareyb

    Most POWERFUL DAC/Amp all-in-one?

    Looking for the most powerful DAC/Amp "all-in-one". Any suggestions? So far it's looking like the Burson Conductor but that bad boy costs $1,850.00.... Hopefully something as powerful but not as expensive? Under $1200.00? 
  7. kali77

    Dual listening: Amp with two headphone outputs

    So my wife has really started to get into listening to my rig lately. Are there any good amps that have dual headphone inputs so we can listen together? I was literally getting ready to purchase the new oppo ha-1 last night and then she stated she wanted to get a set of cans. So I figured if the...
  8. ascNYC

    Comparison and thoughts btw Benchmark DAC2 HGC and Burson Conductor

    Hello,    I'm just getting into higher-end headphone listening and am trying to make a decision on purchasing an amp/DAC for my Audeze LCD-X headphones which I recently purchased. I'm coming from a pair of Grado MS1's.   The amount of information, number of reviews and opinions are a little...
  9. Martijn W

    Will the Violectric V200 become obsolete for Sennheiser HD800 when using Benchmark DAC2 HGC?

    Hello,   Currently I use an E-MU 0404 USB DAC with a Violectric V200 setup in combination with my HD800 headphone.   My current E-MU 0404 USB has only 1 balanced stereo output and I want to purchase another DAC (with multiple outputs) so I can power both my monitors and my Headphone without...
  10. RebelRising

    Matrix X-Sabre vs Benchmark DAC2

    Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the two (hopefully in the context of the HD800, but not required)? Specifically looking to find out which one is warmer/smoother, but detailed testimonials are always appreciated. 
  11. vincentm66

    Amp recommendations for Grado PS1000 + Benchmark DAC2

    Hi All,   I'd like to get feedback about PS1000 users,    I currently own a PS1000 connected to a Benchmark DAC2, I’m happy with it, but wonder if adding an amp would give more life, or improve the dynamic.   I’m open to both SS or tube amps. My budget would be around 2500$   Thanks...
  12. roscoofyore

    My Lame 3 DAC comparo.

    First off brilliant thread to Gary for his massive “December 2013 Mid-Level DAC Comparison”.  Massive kudos to Gary.  Before the holidays that thread was a mere 20 or so pages, wow it’s grown.  I was going to post my below findings there but decided against it, so here goes for anyone...
  13. S

    The best looking DACs

    I noticed that we have a number of "best looking" topics on the forums here - best looking headphones, best looking tube amplifier for example, and other image-heavy topics such as the "show us your vintage headphones" topic, but we don't seem to have anything for DACs despite their increasing...
  14. Krolik

    AKG K702 / Benchmark DAC2 - not enough power?

    Hey guys!   A week ago i got myself 702 65th Annies and listen through my dac2.. well, to get more or less good volume i need to turn the knob to 3 o'clock.. while for my audio technica ath-m50s 10 o'clock is pretty loud. i guess the Benchmark is just not powerful enough to drive those akg's? ...
  15. Gary in MD

    December 2013 Mid-Level DAC Comparison

    Folks:   I intend to do a comparison of mid-level (~$500-2500) DACs in December 2013.  I will test multiple DACs and keep the one I like the best.  Period.  Everything else gets sent away.  If I end up liking my current $200 Emotiva XDA-1 best, that's the one I'll keep and everything new gets...
  16. Keac241

    Noob question on hiss sounds from headphones

    Hi guys,    I have a beginners question, at the moment, I don't have any external DAC or amps so I'm just running my music from my laptop's minijack output and into my low-end akg K77 headphones.    Now, whenever I plug the headphones into the laptop, with nothing playing, I can hear a...
  17. nspindel

    Anyone in NYC area want to do a shootout between your Wyred4Sound DAC2 vs. my Benchmark DAC1 Pre?

    Title kind of says it all.  I have the Benchmark, but I've heard so many good things about the W4S that I'm curious to compare one to the other.  So this is an invite to a head-fi'er in reasonable driving distance to Stamford, CT to bring their W4S DAC2 over for a test drive in my system:  ...
  18. firev1

    A nice new DAC2 from Benchmark showing at RMAF

    The DAC2 from a manufacturer Benchmark,, Benchmark will have their demo at Room 1000 at RMAF. 
  19. LIJOE848

    New Benchmark DAC2 D

    Has anyone heard this? looks like it is the same DAC as DAC2 HGC with less inputs.
  20. Xcalibur255

    DAC with more than one unbalanced output?

    I've been looking into an upgrade to the Channel Islands VDA-2 that has served me well for some years now.  One of the features of this DAC that I rely on is the fact that it has dual unbalanced analog outputs.  I've been looking for an upgrade in the 1K to 1.5K range but after combing through a...
  21. zenpmd

    Grace m903 vs Benchmark 2 HGC

    I want to love the former because it can be had on the 2nd hand market. And it does not have the stupid features of the Benchmark, such as the popping on turning off, the unintuitive on/off system, and the noisy volume. I dont have opportunity to demo it, but I hope it wil be more of the same -...
  22. HPiper

    Benchmark DAC2

    I was wondering if any of you are using this dac and if so how you like it. Any comparisons would be helpfull too. I am also interested inknowing how the headphone amp is, the specs on it look very very good. Aside from the specs on this unit I just like the modern way it looks, really nice. I...
  23. Krolik

    Benchmark DAC2 for Audeze LCD3/Grado PS1000/Hifiman HE-6...?

     Hello everyone! to your opinion will my pro amplifier in the Benchmark DAC2 drive all those phones to perfection? at least good quality?   Regards
  24. Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    A New Reference Benchmark's DAC1 family of D/A converters have been the reference to which other converters have been compared. It is rare to find a converter review that does not draw comparisons to the DAC1. The DAC1 has been the best-selling 2-channel reference-quality converter and is in...