DAC2  HGC Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

DAC2 HGC Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

by Benchmark Media Systems October 01, 2013

DAC2 HGC - "This company is called Benchmark for a reason."

"The original DAC1 was aimed squarely at professionals, but was subsequently embraced by the audiophile market. It remains an excellent D-A converter, and its ability to completely isolate interface jitter sets it apart from most D-As, including some of the much more costly models. However, digital audio technology continues to make incremental improvements, and in the eight years since I reviewed the DAC1 the state of the art has clearly advanced."

"The DAC2 HGC is undoubtedly a major step forward in technical performance compared to its forebear and, although it costs almost double the price of a DAC1, it does also offer a lot of additional features and facilities."

- Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound
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ADC1 Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

ADC1 Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

by Benchmark Media Systems July 01, 2006

ADC1 - "Highly recommended for serious applications"

"The ADC1 is expensive in comparison to typical mid-market converters such as those from RME, Lynx and Apogee (the Apogee Rosetta 200 is similarly priced but includes a stereo D-A stage as well, for example). However, I feel justified in suggesting that the ADC1 performs at a significantly higher level and compares more naturally with serious high-end products from the likes of Lavry, Prism Sound and dCS. In that context, the ADC1 represents substantial value for money, giving only a little away in terms of ultimate resolution."

"The ADC1 is highly recommended for serious applications."

- Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

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DAC1 Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

DAC1 Review - Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

by Benchmark Media Systems July 01, 2005

DAC1 - "If you are looking to improve your monitoring ...you really must audition the DAC1"

"Its performance is quite extraordinary for the UK retail price, and it competes favourably against units costing considerably more."

"It is a very neat, well-designed package with an excellent feature set, including an internal mains PSU, usefully clean and powerful headphone monitoring, and the provision to configure the analogue outputs for fixed or variable levels."

"If you are looking to improve your monitoring, or to hear what your A-D converters are actually providing, you really must audition the DAC1. I must warn you, though, that this will be hazardous to your wallet — because you'll have to buy it once you hear it. I did!"

- Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

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