October 5, 2018
Today at RMAF, Benchmark Media Systems announced two new products.
The first is the LA4 line amplifier/preamplifier. The second is the DAC3 B D/A converter.
LA4 Line Amplifier
The LA4 features relay controlled volume and relay controlled input and output switching. It leverages the fully-balanced 256-step attenuators that were introduced earlier this year in the HPA4. According to Sales Manager, Rory Rall, "The HPA4 has been embraced by headphone enthusiasts, but we found that many audiophiles were buying the HPA4 for use as a preamplifier. The HPA4 line stage is pristine and audiophiles have been reporting significant improvements when replacing other preamplifiers." According to Benchmark VP, John Siau, "The LA4 is built on the HPA4 platform. We have eliminated the headphone outputs but have kept the line amplifier unchanged. The LA4 is the perfect device to place between a DAC3 D/A converter and an AHB2 power amplifier. No other set of components will offer better measured performance at the system level. The sound is amazing!" The LA4 will retail for $2495.00 and will ship October 22, 2018.
DAC3 B D/A Converter
The DAC3 B is the latest addition to Benchmark's DAC3 product family. The DAC3 B is a fixed-gain 24-bit D/A converter with studio-level and consumer-level outputs. It offers the full performance of the flagship DAC3 HGC, but eliminates the headphone outputs, analog inputs, and volume functions. It adds a control lock function that can lock the controls to prevent tampering and accidental changes. According to Rall, "the DAC3 B is the perfect companion to the HPA4 headphone amplifier or the LA4 line amplifier." The DAC3 B and LA4 can be controlled in unison from a single Benchmark remote control. The DAC3 B will retail for $1695 and will ship October 22, 2018. According to Siau, "The very first DAC3 B will be delivered to the winner of our drawing at RMAF 2018. Serial number 1 will ship to this lucky winner on October 22."
Today at RMAF, EnjoytheMuscic.com presented Benchmark with their "Best of 2018 Award" for the DAC3 HGC. This award is on display in room 1000.
The Benchmark DAC3 B, LA4, AHB2 system can be auditioned at RMAF rooms 1000 and 8007.
The Benchmark DAC3 B, HPA4 headphone system can be auditioned at RMAF CANJAM tables 32, 33, 34, 66, 77, 78, 2001 and 2010.
Benchmark Media Systems is a privately held audio electronics manufacturer located in Syracuse, NY, USA since 1985. Benchmark products are shipped worldwide. visit https://benchmarkmedia.com for more information.
"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.