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Item: BENCHMARK DAC3 HGC + SoundAffairs Linear PSU & Mods
Location: Bondi Junction, NSW
Price: $4450
Item Condition: Excellent (being conservative, see note below*)
Reason for selling: Have gone 'ethernet'...
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: 

  • BENCHMARK DAC3 HGC. Black version.
  • James Soh SoundAffairs external AC to DC Linear PSU and mods—Ultima Femto Clock, Ultima Voltage Regulator, etc.
  • Have had the unit since March 2019 (bought new). Including retail for the unit (A$3700), the price of the PSU and mods (A$2200), double-freight and import duties via Singapore (A$600), overall retail price is ~A$6500.
  • Reason for selling is that I am moving in a different direction with my sources & DAC, to networked audio over ethernet. This unit USB-based.
  • DAC comes with original remote. 
  • *Some might say the unit is "as new" given that the little nicks on the PSU were there when it shipped to me! However, since it's been modded I suppose technically the Benchmark unit itself is definitely not "as new".
Well, if you're interested in this listing you probably have done your research already. This listing is not for just the highly sought-after Benchmark DAC3 HGC—as if that weren't enough—but for that unit extensively modded by James Soh of SoundAffairs in Singapore, including his all-important custom Linear DC PSU:

For customer reviews, please click here Change the simple oscillator circuit that is used for the ESS9018 Sabre DAC with our Ultima FEMTO low jitter clock then replaced the critical...
Even in its BASE retail form, the Benchmark DAC3 HGC is on a number of high-profile current 'best of' lists, including Stereophile's Recommended Components in its highest "A+" designation:

Digital Processors Editor's Note: The sound of any particular CD transport/digital processor combination will be dependent on the datalink used-see "Bits is Bits?" by Christopher Dunn and...

Quite some cost, logistics and waiting times in orchestrating this combo I can tell you...here's your chance to leverage my expended effort and get hold of this setup, ALMOST NEW, with NO WAIT TIME, and at a STEEP DISCOUNT.


Photos: See extensive pics. The small nicks are visible on the PSU pics.














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Hmmm—no serious interest at the advertised price—so I'm now officially open to offers. Please PM me.

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