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AHB2 - Driving Martin-Logan ESL 11A Electrostatic Speakers

AHB2 - Driving Martin-Logan ESL 11A Electrostatic Speakers

Benchmark Room at Capital Audiofest 2017

DAC3, AHB2, ESL 11A - "Something a Little Different, and Highly Enchanting"

"The folks from Benchmark and Martin-Logan teamed up to do something just a little different, and entirely enchanting, in the Jackson Room!"

"Multi-channel bliss with the Martin-Logan ESLs driven by an all Benchmark system."

Benchmark and Martin-Logan System at Capital Audiofest, 2017

  • 3 Benchmark DAC3 Converters
  • 5 Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifiers (Bridged Mono Mode)
  • 5 Martin-Logan ESL 11A Electrostatic Speakers
  • 2 Martin-Logan Balanced Force 210 Subs

"The resultant sound was extremely clean and fast, surprisingly dynamic, and the space, as you'd expect with good multi-channel, was get-up-and-walk-around through. Well done!"

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Benchmark AHB2 Audio Power Amplifier

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Martin Logan ESL 11A

Martin Logan ESL 11A

"I'm not clear what sources were used, but by using three DAC2 HGC DACs ($2,195 ea.), to feed five Benchmark AHB2 amps (which I reviewed  back in November of 2015), each configured as a monoblock ($2,995 ea.), they drove three Martin-Logan Impression ESL 11A's ($9,995/pr.) across the front, and a pair of ESL X's ($4,000/pr.) for rears. Supported by a pair of Martin-Logan Balanced Force 210 subs, ($2,995 ea.) everything was connected with Benchmark cables."

"The resultant sound was extremely clean and fast, surprisingly dynamic, and the space, as you'd expect with good multi-channel, was get-up-and-walk-around through. Well done!"

- Greg Weaver, enjoythemusic.com

Read the full AHB2 review at Enjoy the Music.com →

Benchmark at Capital Audiofest 2017

Legendary Performance Award - Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

 


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