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AHB2 Award - "Legendary Performance Award 2020" - EnjoytheMusic.com

by Benchmark Media Systems October 15, 2020 1 min read

AHB2 Award - "Legendary Performance Award 2020" - EnjoytheMusic.com

 

Benchmark AHB2 Stereo Power Amplifier

"This little unit will change the way you look and listen to amplifiers."

"My first taste of this remarkable new amplifier came earlier this year in April at Chicago's AXPONA where I discovered it driving a newly redesigned Studio Electric Pasadena loudspeaker, also bearing the Benchmark trademark. Now called the SMS1, the Pasadena's crossover had been reworked by Benchmark, upgraded with very low tolerance components, and the new look, more in line with the look of the rest of the Benchmark product line up, had been adopted."

"The subsequent sound in this room was one of the most musically engaging I encountered at this year's event, a remarkable result considering its modest overall system price of just over $7000, sans source."

Greg Weaver, EnjoythMusic.com

Legendary Performance Awards page →

AHB2 review, Greg Weaver, EnjoytheMusic.com →



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