Apr 28, 2011 · There is no comparison, the Benchmark is a decent dac, but no where near the class of the SA 50, I had a customer trade in a Benchmark and I listened to it, when it came out a few years ago it was ahead of the pack, today, it is a decent sounding dac for the money with numerous dac’s which outclass it, I would take the new Hegel HD 20, which if it sound better than the remarkable HD 10 will …
Benchmark Media Systems DAC1 HDR When Benchmark Media’s DAC1 digital to analog converter was introduced a few years ago, it not only garnered rave reviews, but those reviewers who performed rigorous laboratory tests only wound up confirming Benchmark’s claims that it was a virtually distortionless device.
Jul 18, 2013 · I use a Hegel HD20 as a DAC and preamp to a Mark Levinson N0.331. Speakers: System Audio Explorer Master. Great sound, deep sound stage, great with live recordings, specially jazz, blues.
Jun 01, 2013 · The Bel Canto DAC2.5 is another good one if you could find one used. I recently got one for under $1300 and also bought their uLink USB converter ($675). It has a very natural sound with large soundstage. Bel Canto’s lower end model, the DAC1.5, is on Computer Audiophile’s C.A.S.H. list.
Personally, I think the Hegel smokes the Benchmark in terms of sheer musicality and listenability. It was a pleasure to listen to the Hegel for extended periods of time – hours in fact – where the Benchmarks, both the DAC1 and the DAC Pre (we’ve reviewed both) became fatiguing after awhile.
Mar 02, 2015 · This matters to me a lot which is why I decided to pass on it. Also, the HPA is good, but nowhere near as good as the other 2. Again, that might not matter to you. My 2 cents. I do think the Hegel a very good DAC and a very good value; just wasn’t the DAC for me.
A product that further begs that question is Hegel Music Systems’ flagship DAC, the HD20. Description. Based in Oslo, Norway, Hegel Music Systems was founded in the late 1980s, but has begun to distribute their products in North America only in the past few years.
The HD30 is the ultimate digital control center. It does everything you can dream of, and does so with world-class quality. There is an abundance of inputs, ranging from balanced AES/EBU and BNC connectors, to Network and USB connections – with the latter also accepting DSD signals.
Aug 22, 2011 · New Hegel HD2 Discussion in ‘ and the HD-25 and other time the DD converting using a Benchmark DAC1 HDR and the T1 without a significant difference.. Digital: BCA PK DAC | Thingee I’d say the HD10 has 90-95% of the sound of a HD20 and that the biggest difference is that the HD20 can be a pre-amp with volume control while the HD10 can’t
Again, as with the Mahler and Led Zep, the Hegel’s Filter 2 gave the music a very slight push in midrange forwardness and dynamic contrasts, and sounded better to me. Conclusion. Both the Hegel Music Systems HD25 and Eximus DP1 are splendid products. I could easily live with either.
Hegel HD30 32-bit/192kHz DAC A truly exceptional DAC! Bent Holter, founder of the company, says, «The HD30 is, without a doubt, HEGEL’s most advanced product to date. In my humble opinion, it’s the finest product ever created by HEGEL.» By any measure, that is a strong statement.
Sep 24, 2008 · Samme med fx Hegel HD10, som HIFI&Musik bedømmer som havende bedre soundstage, mere dynamik og bedre sammnhæng i lydbilledet, mere detaljeret, men alligevel blødere og mere behagelig at lytte til end Benchmark. Og min egen mening er, at G-DIS DAC V slår Hegel HD10 på parametre som detaljeringsformåen, transparens og dybde i lydbilledet.