THX Achromatic™ Audio Amplifier technology.
Benchmark Media Systems is one of only a few companies whose products have been enthusiastically received by both audiophiles as well as audio production professionals. Their digital converters are used for critical monitoring in professional recording and post-production environments which include the world famous Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound. Benchmark’s converters are essentially free of noise and distortion and when the company decided to launch its first power amplifier, they wanted performance that matched or exceeded that of its converters ensuring that nothing would get in the way of the music. Thus a remarkable partnership of innovation was born between THX and Benchmark, the result of which is the AHB2 amplifier.
THX AAA™ delivers the most accurate performance of any amplification technology now available revealing every detail of even the most dynamic hi-resolution content.
THX Achromatic is a patented all analog amplifier technology that minimizes distortion to vanishingly low levels (0.0001% @ 1 kHz). In addition to being impeccably quiet and accurate, the THX circuit reduces power wasted as heat allowing for a more efficient and compact design that operates at lower temperatures.
The AHB2 truly delivers everything that demanding audiophiles could want – unparalleled detail, nearly immeasurable noise and stable performance even when driving heavy and difficult loudspeaker loads to full output.
Reviewing press give the AHB2 much praise for its astonishing performance:
“The Class G (THX) AAA Amplifier could go down in audio history”
- Keith Howard
“The S/N ratio was about 131.6 dB. Pretty impressive, and this is the lowest output noise level I have seen in any power amplifier I have measured!”
- Bascom H. King (BHK Labs)
“The transients were dead-on accurate — without the shrillness I often hear in bipolar amps. The AHB2’s sonic character is dynamic, open, with quick, taut bass — yet with the silky ease of the best tube amp. But tube amps don’t have the energy and speed in the transients, nor bass, that the Benchmark possesses.”
- John Gatski (Everything Audio)
Benchmark demonstrated the Benchmark DAC3 D/A converter and two Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers driving a pair of PMC MB2S passive monitors. This combination may be the best playback system we have heard anywhere. The low-distortion performance of the PMC monitors compliments the ultra-clean Benchmark signal chain.
This year the show was co-located with the NAB show and it was definitely the busiest AES show in many years.
We want to extend our thanks to everyone who stopped in and visited us at our booth!