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CanJam 2019 Preview - Outer Audio

by Benchmark Media Systems April 15, 2019 1 min read

Brands to Look Out for at CanJam 2019

"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!"

- OuterAudio.com

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by Benchmark Media Systems April 12, 2019 2 min read

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.

April 12 - 14, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
​Schaumburg, IL

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CanJam NYC 2019

by Benchmark Media Systems 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.
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AES NY 2018

by Benchmark Media Systems October 17, 2018 3 min read



  • 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.

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XFI Show - Veldhoven, Holland

by Benchmark Media Systems October 02, 2017 1 min read

XFI Show - Veldhoven, Holland

Helios Pro Audio Solutions demonstrated Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers and DAC3 Preamplifiers at the 2017 XFI show in Veldhoven, Holland. The show ran September 30 through October 1, 2017.

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.


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DC Hi-Fi Group gets Sneak Preview of Benchmark DAC3

by Benchmark Media Systems November 14, 2016 1 min read

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.

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"RMAF 2016 Recap - Mile-High Music..!" - Marty Feldmann, Connoisseur Corner

by Benchmark Media Systems November 09, 2016 1 min read

"RMAF 2016 Recap - Mile-High Music..!"

"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."

"Very nice…"

 - Marty Feldmann, Connoisseur Corner

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AES Los Angeles 2016

by Benchmark Media Systems September 07, 2016 1 min read

Register Now for Your FREE AES Los Angeles Convention Exhibits-Plus Badge!

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Visitors to the 141st AES Convention will have the opportunity to see over 150 leading professional audio brands displaying the latest technologies and services and offering sneak peeks at what is to come. See first-hand what everyone will be talking about for next year at the expansive Pro Audio Exhibition.Register Now to attend this and much more for FREE. Get Your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge by entering promo code AES141SHOWNEWS at checkout.


Visit Benchmark at Booth 806 for your chance to win a DAC2 L! 

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AXPONA 2016 - DAC Giveaway Winner!

by Benchmark Media Systems April 19, 2016 2 min read


Greg Norstad

Greg is an audiophile, owner of Rushford Hardware, and our AXPONA 2016 winner! 

Greg is an audiophile and the owner of Rushford Hardware. 






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Axpona 2016

by Benchmark Media Systems April 12, 2016 2 min read

Axpona 2016- April 15-17, Chicago

You are not going to want to miss this rare opportunity to experience true HD Audio! We have partnered with AIX Records, Dolby Laboratories, Oppo Digital, DH Labs Cables, JVC, and Revel to create the ultimate stereo and surround system.

In the spacious Lakeshore B ballroom we will have a stereo and surround demo featuring 3 Benchmark DAC2 DX digital to analog converters, 5 Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers, and 5 Revel Salon 2 full-range speakers. Whether you prefer stereo or surround you are not going to want to miss this opportunity to experience an extraordinary system. This is one room you do not want to miss!

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Benchmark Celebrates 33 Years!

by Benchmark Media Systems March 08, 2016 2 min read

Celebrating Our 33rd Year!

Allen H. BurdickBenchmark began in 1983 as the "Benchmark Sound Company", a small operation working out of a garage in Garland, Texas.

Our founder, Allen H. Burdick, began by building very high-performance audio equipment to meet the specialized needs of television broadcast facilities. The company quickly grew, and was incorporated as Benchmark Media Systems, March 5, 1985. Benchmark expanded into additional audio markets, and relocated to Allen's hometown, Syracuse, NY. To this day, all Benchmark products are designed, assembled and tested in our Syracuse facility.

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"These are the Amplifiers You are Looking For"

by John Siau January 29, 2016 1 min read

"These are the amplifiers that you are looking for."

Rory Rall whit the AHB2 and a Storm Trooper

Rory Rall shows a Storm Trooper the AHB2 power amplifier at the NAMM 2016 Show, and explains the new THX AAA Technology. Rory was heard to say: "These are the amplifiers that you are looking for."


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NAMM 2016 DAC2 Giveaway Winner!

by John Siau January 29, 2016 2 min read

And our NAMM 2016 winner is ...

Bennett Prescott

Bennett is Director of Front End Operations for Sound Forums.

Bennett visited our booth and dropped his card in our fishbowl, never expecting to win. Yesterday was his lucky day!

"About as exciting as email ever gets."

Rory emailed Bennett to let him know that he had won. Here was his response:

"Hey Rory, I checked my email... holy ...! Well, that's about as exciting as email gets. I didn't forget I dropped my business card into the fish bowl, but I had no hope. Hope leads to the dark side, or something."

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NAMM Show 2016 - January 21-24, Anaheim, CA

by Benchmark Media Systems January 21, 2016 2 min read

NAMM Show 2016 - January 21-24, Anaheim, CA

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DAC2 L Winner - AES 2015

by Benchmark Media Systems November 15, 2015 1 min read

And our AES 2015 Winner is ...

Rick Slater

Rick Slater, Audio by Rick Slater

Rick Slater from Audio by Rick Slater

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Visit us at the AES Convention in NYC - October 29 - November 1, 2015

by Benchmark Media Systems October 20, 2015 1 min read

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DAC1 HDR winner - Axpona 2015

by Benchmark Media Systems May 28, 2015 1 min read

And our Axpona 2015 winner is ...

Gary Pinto

At Axpona 2015, the prize was a DAC1 HGC.
It pays to visit the Benchmark room or Benchmark booth at audio shows! At every show we give away a Benchmark DAC to one lucky winner. Just drop off a business card or fill out an entry form - the odds are much better than the lottery!

Here is our winner unboxing his new DAC1 HGC!

After hooking up his new DAC1 HGC, he had the following comments:

"I was satisfied with the sound I was getting from the Sabre DAC in my Oppo 105 while playing lossless wave files, but when I played those same files through the Benchmark DAC I was surprised at how much more detail was present. The Soundstage widened and the clarity was unbelievable. This is definitely a quality product and I would not hesitate to recommend it."

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Benchmark is at AXPONA

by Benchmark Media Systems April 02, 2015 3 min read

Visit Benchmark Media Systems in room 322 & the lobby-level Lakeshore Ballroom B at AXPONA, North America's Premier Event for Audiophiles and Music Lovers, April 24 - 26, 2015. We can't wait to see you there!

The Lakeshore B Ballroom will feature a very special multi-vendor high-resolution surround-sound demonstration featuring Benchmark conversion and amplification. 

Room 322 is an all-Benchmark room featuring the DAC2 HGC preamplifier, the AHB2 power amplifier, and SMS1 speakers. Visitors to room 322 are eligible to win a Benchmark DAC1 HDR.

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 - DAC1 Drawing Winner

by Benchmark Media Systems November 12, 2014 1 min read

And our RMAF 2014 winner is ...


Dan won a DAC1 HDR by participating at our drawing at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014.
We give away one Benchmark DAC at every audio show. Visit our booth or room for a chance to win.
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2014 AES Show - Los Angeles

by Benchmark Media Systems October 01, 2014 1 min read

Stop by our booth and listen to our new AHB2 and SMS1. The Benchmark Pre-Engineered System High-Resolution Audio Music System is something you can't miss. Make sure to tell your friends too!

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