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  • LA4 and AHB2 Award - HiVi Grand Prize 2020

    by Benchmark Media Systems December 25, 2020 1 min read

    LA4 and AHB2 Award - HiVi Grand Prize 2020

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    Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    Benchmark AHB2 - "A compact amplifier with outstanding performance - compatible with AV systems."

    Benchmark LA4 Line Amplifier

    Benchmark LA4 - Part of the Award-Wining Combination

    HiVi Grand Prize 2020 - Benchmark LA4 and AHB2

    About Benchmark

    "Benchmark is an audio brand that started in Texas in 1983. The company then moved to the founder's hometown of Syracuse, New York, and all products are still designed, assembled, and tested at the Syracuse factory. This benchmark has officially arrived in Japan. In addition to preamplifier LA4 and power amplifier AHB2, the lineup includes D/A converters DAC3 B, DAC3 HGC, and headphone amplifier HPA4."

    Benchmark DAC3 B Black front

    Benchmark DAC3 B - The First Component in the Benchmark Chain

    Listening Tests

    "I had the opportunity to listen to all the products of the American audio brand Benchmark Media Systems, and I was very impressed by how well they matched my idea of ​​reference sound."

    We Listened to 4 System Configurations

    Benchmark System Configurations


    "The biggest appeal that all the five models we tested have in common is their sound quality, which you can absolutely trust as a reference. Although you can't judge the sound quality of an audio device based on its specs alone, the reference sound produced by benchmark products is a perfect fit for many audiophiles and people like me who are looking for a reference sound."

    Benchmark Product Family

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    by Benchmark Media Systems September 15, 2023 1 min read

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    AHB2 - Receives Stereophile's Highest "A" Rating for Power Amplifiers

    "Benchmark's AHB2 makes use of THX Corporation's Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA) technology, in which a low-power feed-forward amplifier drives a low-bias class-AB output section."

    - Stereophile, 2023

    "Much more apparent low-level detail in already-familiar recordings" - Kalman Rubinson

    "A tonal balance that sounded more 'right' than any of [the other amps on hand]." - Kalman Rubinson

    "An extraordinary amplifier." - John Atkinson

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    LA4 - Class A Recommended Preamplifier - Stereophile

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    by Benchmark Media Systems September 15, 2023 1 min read

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    LA4 - Receives Stereophile's Highest "Class A" Rating for Preamplifiers

    "Benchmark's usual approach to design is to out-spec the competition, and so it is here. Like other Benchmark equipment he has tested, the affordable LA4 challenged the resolution of John Atkinson's test instruments, with 'superb' channel separation, 'extremely low noise, and virtually no power-supply-related spuriae.'"

    "Benchmark's LA4 is the widest-bandwidth, widest-dynamic-range, lowest-noise, lowest-distortion preamplifier I have encountered." - John Atkinson

    "In his listening room, Kalman Rubinson compared the LA4 to a cable—and couldn't hear any difference. He concludes, 'the LA4 is probably the most transparent and revealing audio component I've ever used. It does not seem to leave any fingerprints on the sound.'"

    - Stereophile, 2023

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    Stereophile 2023 Recommended Component Badge

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    by Benchmark Media Systems September 15, 2023 1 min read

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    Benchmark DAC3

    DAC3 HGC, DAC3 B - Receive Stereophile's Highest "Class A+" Rating

    "The DAC3 B is a stripped- down, lower-priced version of the DAC3 HGC, which omits the headphone amplifier, balanced and unbalanced analog inputs, volume, mute, and polarity controls." - Stereophile

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

    "All I can say is Wow!"

    - John Atkinson

    "In a Follow-Up, JCA 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."

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