Benchmark Media DAC3-L - DAC/Preamplifier - 4 months old in perfect condition in silver
All original accessories included: double boxing, extensive bound manual, power cord, USB cable, stereo analog mini plug cable, extra fuses, metal remote (still has plastic film protector on it).
I’ve upgraded to the considerably more expensive AURALiC VEGA G2 combining my ARIES G2 streamer with the VEGA DAC in one box. This has given the DAC3 a quick turn around for me. From reviews and reading, there isn’t a better DAC at the $2000 price level. It does sound impressive. Lot’s of rave reviews.
This is the “L” model, not the “HGC” that most of the reviews discuss. They are identical except the “L” doesn’t have the headphone jacks. Multiple digital and analog inputs including a home theater bypass function. Balanced and unbalanced analog outputs. Very cool motorized volume knob. The reviews and Benchmark site give more info and specs than you’ll ever need.
March 31: Was just reading the April issue of Stereophile, their 2018 recommended components issue and found they gave the DAC3 their highest rating, A+, for digital processors (https://www.stereophile.com/content/recommended-components-2018-edition-digital-processors)!
Benchmark product page:
Stereophile review praise:
The ever entertaining Ron from Zero Record Day! (this is the DAC2, but worth watching):
I would like to net $1700 (after shipping and any transaction costs). I think this is reasonable - save $295 over a new one for a basically new unit that has had two months’ use. Will list on Audiogon this weekend if not sold. Shipping dimensions: 16" x 12" x 7" and 7 lbs. Shipping from 99509.
100% positive feedback on audiogon and ebay over many years. No worries.
Photos can be seen in my AudioCircle listing here:
Thanks for looking!