Garry Gill, Capital Audiofest with Matthew Wong
"I have built my own music server and loaded it with FLACs and connected it to the Benchmark. Works great!"
"Now that I have been listening to the Benchmark DAC1, here are my impressions of its performance in my system, which consists of: Quicksilver Mid Mono amps, Manley Shrimp preamp, Revel Performa M20 loudspeakers. The transport for feeding the digital signal into the Benchmark is the Sony NS999ES. Prior to the Benchmark I was using the Kora Hermes DAC. So, my impressions here can be viewed in the context of a comparison between the two DACs."
"Stable image. With the Benchmark, the sound image seems to be more stable. The left and right boundaries of the stage appears to more defined. The sound image is anchored, that is to say that it is not susceptible to breaking down when I move my head or change to slightly different listening position."
"Space in the image. I also got a better sense of space between the instruments. This is evident with Tequila Sunrise track on the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over CD: the space between the different guitars, and other instruments."
"Firm bass. On Fleetwood Mac's The Chain from The Dance CD, Fleetwood's driving drums and McVie's bass line were firm and taut. I think the bass response was better in terms of quantity and quality with the Benchmark."
"Upshot here is that for my taste the Benchmark DAC1 made an improvement in my system."
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"If you’re on the lookout for a new power amp, headphone amp, DAC or line converter, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Benchmark Media stand at this year’s CanJam."
"The HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier is an absolute must see… or listen!"
AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the largest high-end audio show in North America. The three-day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, The Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, a dedicated Ear Gear Expo, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.
The event features over 185 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs.
At CanJam NYC for the first time the new DAC3 B is the latest addition to the award-wining DAC3 family. It is specifically designed to compliment the HPA4 and the new LA4, but has many other applications.
At CanJam NYC for the first time the HPA4 headphone amplifier was introduced summer of 2018. But, due to its ground-breaking performance, you will find it being used by many headphone vendors at this year's show.