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The MusicHall, like Cambridge TEAC and many others, are tuned for a particular sound. A house sound if you will. Each is different. The Benchmark is a studio DAC. Precise and analytical without coloration. My ears prefer Esoteric, TEAC, MF, Cambridge and not the Benchmark- in my systems. It is the synergy of source amplification and loudspeaker that you want. If I ever develop the performance studio of my dreams it will have the Benchmark. But not for the pleasure of just experiencing reproduced music. I believe no one DAC is better than another. It is system dependent and you pick the sound you prefer. BTW, my DACs are: Oppo, Minimax, Cambridge and TEAC 503. Good luck!