"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.
Announced at RMAF 2018 (Oct. 5) - The LA4 is our newest line amplifier. This new line amplifier is an HPA4 without the headphone outputs.
Announced at RMAF 2018 (Oct. 5) - The new DAC3 B is the latest addition the the award-wining DAC3 family. It is specifically designed to compliment the HPA4 and the new LA4, but has many other applications.
New to AES - The HPA4 headphone amplifier is new to AES. It was introduced in April 2018.
This year the Benchmark equipment was demonstrated in a large room driving a variety of speakers. The Benchmark gear provided the signal source for most of the speaker demonstrations.
Helios is the Benchmark distributor for the Netherlands. This is their third year at XFI.
Three days before the official launch, the DC Hi-Fi Group got a sneak preview of Benchmark new DAC3 HGC D/A converter!
The group members took turns listening to the DAC3 using a variety of headphones. Several members had brought their favorite headphones and they got to try them with the new DAC3 HGC. The new D/A converter received many compliments from the members.
"Benchmark Media stocked their room with their DAC2 HGC DAC ($1,995) and a pair of AHB2 mono amplifiers ($5,990/pr) powering a pair of the new Martin Logan Impression 11a electrostatic loudspeakers ($9,995/pr)."
"The Benchmark electronics did a fine job driving the MLs, with a quick and transparent sound."
- Marty Feldmann, Connoisseur Corner