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AHB2 Award - "Most Wanted" - Stereo Times 2022 Publishers Choice Award

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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

The Stereo Times "2022 Most Wanted List" - Amps & Preamps

Benchmark Media Systems AHB2 Power Amplifier

"Merriam-Webster defines a benchmark as "something that serves as a standard by which others may be measured or judged." This is what the AHB2s has become for me."

"The Class-H Benchmarks give me what I was searching for; great sound, lightweight, and cool operation at an affordable price. They can be operated in either stereo or monoblock mode."

"I initially scoffed at the Benchmark website claims and did not consider trying them because they did not "cost enough." I was very wrong. I experienced equal or better performance to more expensive Class A/B amplifiers without the weight, expense, or heat."

"Benchmark AHB2s offer high-quality but affordable performance."

"A pair of AHB2s are now part of my dedicated summertime amplification for my Sound Lab 545PX loudspeakers."

- Don Shaulis, The Stereo Times

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Read the Full AHB2 Review by Don Shaulis  →

Another AHB2 Review in Stereo Times:

"Is the AHB2 the “perfect amplifier?” The truth is that it could be when paired synergistically with certain components and speakers."

"What is perhaps most impressive about the AHB2 is its very natural presentation of brass horns, piano and percussion in general."

"The Benchmark AHB2 is a powerful and efficient amplifier with prodigious low levels of noise and distortion. The fact that it is also very musical and non-fatiguing, courtesy of THX’s patented AAA™ technology, is the icing on the cake. Benchmark Media and THX have a lot to be proud of for the development and implementation of the new technology the AHB2 represents."

"The AHB2 provides deep, impactful, and articulate bass, a very musical and transparent midrange, and ultra-clean high frequency reproduction."

- Frank Alles, Stereo Times

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