Benchmark DAC3 HGC (w/ ESS Sabre 9028PRO)
Jan 21, 2022 at 3:44 AM Post #301 of 315

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how do you like the DAC3 HGC? Is the headphone output powerful enough?
Works incredibly well with iems. It’s fast clean and transparent and very low impedance. That being said I don’t think it sounds particularly good with planars. My Audeze 4z and LCD2 sound a bit on the thin side although still very detailed. The amp stay absolutely neutral and flat and you’re not going to get any additional note body anywhere on the spectrum.
 
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Works incredibly well with iems. It’s fast clean and transparent and very low impedance. That being said I don’t think it sounds particularly good with planars. My Audeze 4z and LCD2 sound a bit on the thin side although still very detailed. The amp stay absolutely neutral and flat and you’re not going to get any additional note body anywhere on the spectrum.
Those are valuable information. I appreciate it :)
 
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Hi guys,

anyone tried the Benchmark DAC 3 HGC with the Arya?

I woul like to know if the amp section is able to drive some full size or not.

Thx
 
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I'm using it with Hifiman Ananda and there is lots and lots of headroom. Volume knob is usually at 11am, while I installed jumper inside to attenuate the headphone output by 20dB. That is standard feature of DAC3, no custom modification. So I believe it can handle Arya as well.
 
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But the DAC 4 is on the way?…I am also interested in the DAC:)
 
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Thanks, how's the sound signature? Too bright?
 
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Thank you so much @tesarpa!

I was wondering if could be a good choice for my Arya. The Violectric V281 is excellent, but a little bit too warm. And the DAC section is "budget", since it's included free.
 
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I would look into the Burson Soloist 3xp. Class A amplification. Paired with my DAC3 the sound is exquisite, powerful and reference class. Drives anything. A number of people have commented how the Burson really brings out the bass in the Arya.
 
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Jan 28, 2022 at 9:02 PM Post #312 of 315

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Seems like Benchmark is behind on implementing the newer chips. I have owned the DAC2 and demo’d the DAC3. The DAC3 is noticeably better. Imagine if they made one with the 9038pro.
I'm not across the dac chips but my understanding was the main difference was mqa as an option on the 9038 which benchmark have said they won't support.
 
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My understanding is that Benchmark is engineering company. They produce the best product they can for reasonable price. And they don't update it only for marketing purposes. If ESS 9038 doesn't bring performance advantage, they don't feel the need to implement it. BTW, they are no alone still using 9028. See OCTO DAC8 - one of the best measuring products, also based on 9028Pro.
 
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My understanding is that Benchmark is engineering company. They produce the best product they can for reasonable price. And they don't update it only for marketing purposes. If ESS 9038 doesn't bring performance advantage, they don't feel the need to implement it. BTW, they are no alone still using 9028. See OCTO DAC8 - one of the best measuring products, also based on 9028Pro.
The latest RME ADI-2 DAC iteration is also ESS 9028-based.
 
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We’re also still in the midst of supply problems, chip fabrication shortages etc. I doubt a DAC4 is going to happen anytime soon, plus Benchmark wouod likely only do it if there was a distinct measureable performance advantage.
 

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