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AHB2 Award - Best of 2015 - Enjoy the Music.com

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Benchmark AHB2 Black

AHB2 - "A Non-Traditional Design"

"The Benchmark Media AHB2, while assuredly a non-traditional design, is a true linear (not a Class-D) amplifier, built on technology developed and patented by THX Limited."

"Measuring just 11.04" wide by 3.88" tall and 9.34" deep and weighing in at only 12.5 pounds, this amp is slightly less than one quarter of one cubic foot!"

"Bass offers exceptional detail, speed, and depth, with jaw dropping, chest-thumping impact, while still rendering accurate and refined pitch definition."

"Midrange is simply captivating, rich in both musical resolve and harmonic texture, with a well-balanced mixture of tonal truth and emotional expression."

"Treble is extended, airy, and resolute, and rendered with a sense of ease and relaxed enchantment virtually unheard of in this price point."

"Instruments and vocalists occupy an uncannily realistic sense of size and locale, and are presented in an incredibly lifelike soundstage."

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