"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.
Benchmark products were in use in many booths and rooms this year at RMAF. Many vendors chose to use our equipment to drive their headphones and loudspeakers.
Take a photo tour of the many Benchmark systems at RMAF 2018!
NEW PRODUCT - The LA4 is our newest preamplifier. This new line amplifier is an HPA4 without the headphone outputs.
NEW to RMAF - The HPA4 headphone amplifier is new to RMAF. It was introduced after the 2017 show. But, due to its ground-breaking performance, you will find it being used by many headphone vendors at this year's show.
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.
Benchmark demonstrated the Benchmark DAC3 D/A converter and two Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers driving a pair of PMC MB2S passive monitors. This combination may be the best playback system we have heard anywhere. The low-distortion performance of the PMC monitors compliments the ultra-clean Benchmark signal chain.
This year the show was co-located with the NAB show and it was definitely the busiest AES show in many years.
We want to extend our thanks to everyone who stopped in and visited us at our booth!
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
At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest attendees were able to experience the latest in transparent electronics from Benchmark in 3 rooms. They listened to the Martin Logan Impression ESL11a speakers driven by the award winning Benchmark DAC2 D/A converter and AHB2 power amp in room 1000. Also in room 1000, for all the headphone listeners, we had the DAC2’s outstanding headphone amp driving a pair of Audeze headphones. In room 1005, Studio-Electricdisplayed their latest loudspeaker models driven by the DAC2/AHB2 combo. 3beez, in room 1015, also demonstrated their latest in Music Management, the Wax Box 4 Special Edition system which could be heard through the Benchmark DAC2DX digital-to-analog converter and AHB2 power amplifier. If you were able to attend we would love to hear your feedback, pleasecontact us!
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"At work on the Phil Collins remasters in Abbey Road's mastering studio were (l-r): mastering engineer Miles Showell; artist/curator Phil Collins; and producer Nick Davis."
Greg is an audiophile, owner of Rushford Hardware, and our AXPONA 2016 winner!
Greg is an audiophile and the owner of Rushford Hardware.
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!
The world’s first amplifier featuring THX Achromatic™ Audio Amplifier technology.
Benchmark Media Systems is one of only a few companies whose products have been enthusiastically received by both audiophiles as well as audio production professionals. Their digital converters are used for critical monitoring in professional recording and post-production environments which include the world famous Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound. Benchmark’s converters are essentially free of noise and distortion and when the company decided to launch its first power amplifier, they wanted performance that matched or exceeded that of its converters ensuring that nothing would get in the way of the music. Thus a remarkable partnership of innovation was born between THX and Benchmark, the result of which is the AHB2 amplifier.
Benchmark 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.