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February 14, 2019 4 min read

Benchmark has introduced several new products in the past 12 months:

  • 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.

  • Resonantly announced - The LA4 is our newest preamplifier. This new line amplifier is an HPA4 without the headphone outputs.



Benchmark HPA4 - Headphone Amplifier

  • listen to it at the following booths: 


Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. and THX, Ltd. have partnered to introduce the Benchmark HPA4 headphone/line amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA™) technology.

THX AAA reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortion by 20 to 40 dB to guarantee a realistic and fatigue-free listening experience. It accomplishes this using a patented feed-forward topology to null conventional distortion and noise mechanisms, resulting in the world's most linear amplifier. THX AAA allows the amplifier to reach its maximum output power and sound pressure level (SPL) without producing the distortion that normally accompanies increased output levels in traditional amplifiers.

Featuring the flagship THX-888 amplifier design, the revolutionary HPA4 headphone amplifier incorporates the same THX AAAtechnology that Benchmark uses in the AHB2 power amplifier. The HPA4 delivers sonic perfection. Hear the music without any contamination from electronic noise or distortion. The HPA4 delivers power, audio fidelity, speed and accuracy over an utterly silent background.

NEW! Benchmark DAC3 B - D/A Converter

  • listen to it at the following booths: 

DAC3 B - Reference Quality - Basic Features

The DAC3 B is the bare-bones basic D/A converter in Benchmark's DAC3 converter series. The DAC3 B is the ideal converter to use in front of Benchmark's HPA4 headphone amplifier or LA4 line amplifier. It is also ideal for many professional studio applications. It delivers the full performance of the flagship DAC3 HGC, but eliminates the volume control, the analog inputs, the mute and polarity controls, and the headphone amplifier.

To make system integration easy, the DAC3 B retains IR remote control (handset optional), 12 V trigger,  and the programmable auto-on feature. The DAC3 B adds a control-lock feature that turns off the remote control and locks the keypad to prevent tampering and accidental changes. The optional 1/2-width rack-mount faceplate allows the mounting of two units in a single 1-RU rack space.

The DAC3 B sounds exactly like the DAC3 HGC because it uses the exact same circuit board and the exact same audio path. Benchmark has simply eliminated the unnecessary parts to deliver a stripped down race car of a converter. If you want a basic D/A converter that delivers the finest conversion available, the DAC3 B is for you. 

The DAC3 B is a 2-channel D/A converter featuring the new ESS Technologies ES9028PRO converter chip. The DAC3 converter has lower THD and THD+N noise than Benchmark's DAC2 converters.

Benchmark's DAC1 and DAC2 D/A converter families have been the reference to which other converters have been compared. It is rare to find a converter review that does not draw comparisons to the DAC1 or the DAC2. Benchmark converters are in daily use at many of the world's finest recording studios and mastering rooms. Benchmark converters are also enjoyed by thousands of audiophiles. Benchmark has raised the bar again ... the DAC3 defines a new reference.

Benchmark can be heard all over the show!

Here are some of the booths the DAC3 B and HPA4 will be in.

  • Benchmark has 3 DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding 3 HPA4 Headphone Amplifiers which can be enjoyed using a wide selection of headphones from our headphone tree. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the worlds cleanest headphone system! 


  • Audeze has a DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding a HPA4 Headphone Amplifier 


  • Audio-Technica has a DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding a HPA4 Headphone Amplifier 


  • Focal has a DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding a HPA4 Headphone Amplifier 


  • Hifiman has a DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding a HPA4 Headphone Amplifier



  • Noble Audio has 2 DAC3 B Digital to Analog converters feeding 2 HPA4 Headphone Amplifiers.

    Noble is proud to announce the debut of the Khan, the latest edition to the Noble line. It is being debuted for the first time to the public at CanJam NY 2019, February 16th and 17th. We are teaming up with Benchmark Media Systems to provide the best consumer experience to listen to all the products in the Noble line. Noble will also be running Tidal so people who stop by the booth can have a massive amount of high quality music to test out anything they want to listen to. Noble will be offering show only discounts on the 2 flagship model customs. The Encore and the Katana will be 15% off, all universals will get a bigger discount of 20% off. For more information, you can visit the website at nobleaudio.com, if you are coming to the show, stop by and say hello, grab a seat and enjoy the ride of any or all we have to offer.  


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