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RE: Benchmark DAC2

Posted by AbeCollins on March 11, 2023 at 09:17:31:

The Benchmark DAC2 is a decade old which is pretty old by digital standards. There are much better DAC chips out now and even better DACs for less money. But if you expect your digital setup to sound like a turntable I think you'll be disappointed. You might get closer with the softer, warmer, [and more veiled sound IMHO] of some R2R NOS DACs.

I had the current model Benchmark DAC3 B in my setup on loan from a friend. We both agreed that it was neutral, brutally honest, transparent, crisp, clean, and very detailed but ultimately found it too clinical and lacking any warmth. I switched back to my old favorite PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC.

Benchmark DAC 3B on loan in my system. I prefer my old PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC and the RME ADI-2 DAC FS.

Mac Mini M1, Benchmark DAC3 B, Raspberry Pi Streamer, RME DAC, Benchmark LA4 preamp + AHB2 Amp, PS Audio M700 Amps.