DAC3 HGC Award - Stereophile

by Benchmark Media Systems September 13, 2018 1 min read

DAC3 HGC Award - Stereophile

DAC3 HGC - Class A+ Recommended Component - Fall 2018 - Digital Processors

Jim Austin wrote:

"In fact, I found the sounds of the two DACs quite different. The DAC1 was brighter. . . . The DAC3 was all about depths, in several respects: the sound was weightier, with a darker frequency balance; the soundstage was deeper—I heard deeper into the music." The more concise conclusion to JA's Measurements sidebar: "All I can say is 'Wow!'"

'Class A+' is Stereophile's highest classification for digital processors. Stereophile defines Class A and the digital processor Class A+ as follows:

"Best attainable sound for a component of its kind, almost without practical considerations; "the least musical compromise." A Class A system is one for which you don't have to make a leap of faith to believe that you're hearing the real thing. With Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio, and Hi-Rez PCM and DSD files now available, we have created a new Class, A+, for the best performance in those digital categories."

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Stereophile Overall Component of the Year - Winner

The DAC3 HGC was one of three products to receive Stereophile's top award for 2018, the "Overall Component of the Year".

Stereophile Headphone Product of the Year - Finalist

The DAC3 HGC was also nominated as a finalist for Stereophile's "2018 Headphone Product of the Year". Ultimately, this award went to the Audeze LCDi4 in-ear headphones. 



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