Made in USA - A Video Tour of Benchmark's Manufacturing Operations

March 16, 2016

Made in USA - A Video Tour of Benchmark's Manufacturing Operations

Since 1983, Benchmark products have been designed, assembled, and tested in the USA. Our products are now shipped to every continent, but we are firmly committed to keeping our manufacturing in the USA.

In celebration of our 33rd anniversary, we have released a series of four videos that show our USA manufacturing operations. These videos show many of the operations required to build top-quality professional audio products. You will see automated hi-tech manufacturing equipment, but you will also see plenty of good old-fashioned hand craftsmanship.


Watch us transform a solid bar of aluminum into a finished Benchmark faceplate


Watch us transform raw sheets of metal into finished enclosures


Watch as hundreds of tiny electronic components are accurately placed on circuit boards


Watch the final assembly and test process


We hope you enjoy these videos. If you would like to ask questions or make comments, we encourage you to post them on the Benchmark Media Systems FaceBook Page.



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