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AHB2 - "Pioneering Design Achievement Award" - SoundStage! 2015

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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

AHB2 - "2015 Product of the Year - Pioneering Design Achievement"

"One 'Product of the Year' award is given in each of these categories:

  • "Pioneering Design Achievement"
  • "Innovation in Design"
  • "Aesthetics and Sound"
  • "Hall of Fame."

"This year ... the Benchmark AHB2’s incredible sound quality makes it a no-brainer for the 2015 Pioneering Design Achievement award."

"Last year, in his November editorial, Hans wrote about our lack of consensus in naming the winner for this award."

"Hans reviewed the AHB2 for SoundStage! Access in June, and had read every other product review we published in 2015, and felt that nothing else came close."

"What’s more, for its retail price of $2995, the AHB2 qualifies as a steal."

- Doug Schneider, SoundStage Hi-Fi

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