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DAC3 Review - Head-FI

DAC3 Review - Head-FI

Benchmark DAC3 HGC Silver with remote

DAC3 HGC - "Everything You Like About the DAC2 Only Mo' Better"

"The older Benchmark DAC2 and the new DAC3 are practically indistinguishable visually."

"The underlying ES9028PRO chipset is the big difference in the new DAC3 – everything else is pretty much the same. …even the USB drivers are the same."

"In short – it's everything you like about the DAC2 only mo’ better."

"I think it’s a fantastic sounding D/A converter. On well recorded material it does an outstanding job with detail and resolution."

"It brought new life to CD quality 16/44.1 material - even on tracks that weren’t particularly well mastered."

The Benchmark DAC3 HGC is a sonic marvel and an engineer’s wet dream."

"The DAC3 offers the following improvements over the DAC2:

• Active 2nd Harmonic Compensation
• Active 3rd Harmonic Compensation
• Lower THD
• Lower passband ripple
• Improved frequency response
• Increased Dynamic Range
• Faster PLL lock times
• Faster switching between inputs

In short – it's everything you like about the DAC2 only mo’ better."

"I started my evaluation with the Black Keys’ El Camino album and their track “Sister”."

"The big bass drum kick that anchors this track has left me disappointed on other systems and pairings. The DAC3 HGC nailed it and kicked with the authority that I've often found lacking."

"Immediately impressed with the “grunt” of the HPA2 amp section, I moved on to my all-time favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers song – their cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. I love Flea’s bass guitar in this track. The benchmark had me toe tapping to the “chicka-wow-wow” rhythm."

"I have some Florence + The Machine tracks that sounded dull and lifeless on other equipment, but popped on the DAC3 with new clarity and energy. You know you’re onto something special when a piece of gear can breathe new life into flat tracks."

"I queued up one of Dr. Chesky’s evaluation discs and got to listening. Perhaps the most interesting test (to me at least) was Rebeca Pidgeon’s cover of “Spanish Harlem”. Each shake of the shaker was indeed different. The DAC3 did an excellent job of resolving minute details in the material. Compared back-to-back against the DAC section of the ES9018 based Oppo HA-1, the Benchmark nailed it. It wasn’t one of those subtle differences that makes you go “hmmm” – it was a “wow” moment."

"I have some great tracks in my collection that are in DSD format. So Benchmark’s support for DSD was “must have” feature for me."

"I think it’s a fantastic sounding D/A converter. On well recorded material it does an outstanding job with detail and resolution. It brought new life to CD quality 16/44.1 material - even on tracks that weren’t particularly well mastered."

- "T Bone", Head-Fi.org

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