The Benchmark DAC2 DX is a product of yore (in hi-fi time), yet has kept up with the competition in every way, all at a price at the low end of the audiophile scale. DACs are a high profile item as we close in on 20% into the 21st century. It’s 1.5 years old, and the Note 5 has just been released.
These days, when I look at a catalog from companies who sell hifi products from numerous companies, I am struck at the large number of DACs of various sorts. There are the tiny USB DACS in the $100 range, as well as the large chassis DACS for the esoteric-minded audiophiles who can write a check for the DAC with one hand and a check for a BMW with the other at the same time. DACs are a high profile item as we close in on 20% into the 21st century.
I wanted to see what has changed in terms of performance over the past couple of years, so I selected a DAC that has been around for a while, yet has made small improvements at the same time. Keep in mind that a five years old product, even with small improvements over that time period, is considered ancient. If you disagree, how old is your smart phone? Mine is the Samsung Note 2. It’s 1.5 years old, and the Note 5 has just been released. I will probably update when the Note 6 hits the shelves.