"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." - July 4, 1776 - Declaration of Independence - USA

0

Your Cart is Empty

Stereophile 2018 Product of the Year - Editors' Choice Awards

by Benchmark Media Systems January 03, 2019 1 min read

Stereophile 2018 Product of the Year - Editors' Choice Awards

AHB2 - Stereophile 2018 Editors' Choice Award

"I was impressed by this revolutionary stereo amplifier but it became an obsession when I mated three as monoblocks to a trio of Benchmark's DAC3s."

"The AHB2 is deadly silent, musically revealing, surprisingly compact, and quite powerful."

- Kalman Rubinson

DAC3 HGC - Stereophile 2018 Editors' Choice Award

 

"Benchmark has created a long line of DACs (several of which I've purchased) that present recordings with as little embellishment as is possible at their price points. The latest incarnation, the DAC3, is no exception, and excels at presenting the unvarnished truth, as the artist intended."

- Jon Iverson

Read More at Stereophile →



Also in Reviews

LA4 Review - The Audio Beatnik
LA4 Review - The Audio Beatnik

by Benchmark Media Systems April 20, 2022 2 min read

"Before I dig into the sound of the LA4 it is important to know that it employs a wide bandwidth design. The LA4’s bandwidth is specified at 0.2 Hz to 500 kHz."

"Most of the wide bandwidth designs I have heard exhibit ... a purity in tone with superb timing and speed ... the LA4 proved to be no exception."

"The Benchmark LA4 yielded a change that was quickly apparent in several areas. Notably were; bass, upper midrange, treble, low-level listening, and the ability to distinguish the colorations of other components that were contributing to my overall sound."

"Acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonica among many other instruments are presented with speed, clarity, and coherency that made them sound more “present” in the room and less like a recording."

"The Benchmark LA4 is simply the most transparent, least colored, and most revealing component I have had in my system to date. I look forward to it joining my stable of reference components."

"Highly recommended."

- Ken Redmond, The Audio Beatnik

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

by Benchmark Media Systems October 15, 2020 1 min read

"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

Read More
DAC3 - "A+ Recommended Component" - Stereophile 2020
DAC3 - "A+ Recommended Component" - Stereophile 2020

by Benchmark Media Systems September 30, 2020 2 min read

Jim Austin wrote, "The DAC3 was all about depths, in several respects . . . I heard deeper into the music."

The concise conclusion to John Atkinson's Measurements sidebar: "All I can say is 'Wow!'"

In a Follow-Up, Jim Austin wrote of using the Benchmark processor with the same company's AHB2 power amp—a combination of high source output voltage and modest amplifier gain that he describes as "optimal for minimizing noise and distortion"—and reported hearing "richer and more interesting" reproduction of very subtle details.

- Stereophile Magazine

"Class A+" is Stereophile's highest award for Digital Processors

Read More