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Why do you own Benchmark products? - AudioScienceReview.com

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Why Did You Buy Benchmark Gear?

"I'm asking because clearly Benchmark is a highly regarded company here, and plenty of ASR members own Benchmark amplification/DACs."

"We know they are top of the heap in terms of measured performance, outdoing plenty of the competition in terms of typical distortion measurements."

- @MattHooper, Forum Member, AudioScienceReview.com

Some of the Replies from Forum Members:

"I bought the AHB2s because I liked the sound from the get-go and the excellent measured performance was a great confirmation. I also like the size/weight."

- @Kal Rubinson, Forum Member, AudioScienceReview.com, Stereophile Reviewer

"Been using Benchmark since the DAC1 came out. When I find something so much audibly better than anything else I will continue to experiment and try everything else I can get my hands on but the killer product remains in my setup until displaced. So far the only thing to displace a Benchmark product has been newer upgraded Benchmark products."

- @SoundGuy, Forum Member, AudioScienceReview.com

AHB2, LA4, DAC3

  • Subtle aesthetics? Check.
  • Unobtrusive size? Check.
  • Solid build? Check.
  • Made in America? Check.
  • Transparent? Check.
  • Best in class? Check.
  • Superior performance proven by Amir? Check.
  • Superior customer service? Check (and not just in audio world; best customer service I have experienced from any company, anywhere, ever).
  • Expensive? For me, yes. Limit of my budget, but buy once cry once.
  • Worth it? Yes.

The above subjective factors met my human needs. Amir's test results met my rational need. Amir's review was the tipping point in my decision-making process.

Bottom line after two years... Would I do it all again? Absolutely.

- @KellenVancouver, Forum Member, AudioScienceReview.com

Read the entire thread here:

Why Did You Buy Benchmark Gear?

Excerpts from Amir's AHB2 Review and Test Report:

"It goes without saying that the Benchmark AHB2 breaks new ground with respect to performance of power amplifiers."

"Using it, you can be assured that any distortion that you hear is from other sources (speaker, source, content, etc.). This is what I look for in high-end audio: absolutely the best performance so no second guessing is involved. You buy once, and you are happy forever!"

"All of this comes from a company that is a model of transparency with proper and accurate measurements of their products on their site. And importantly, volunteering to have that data shown to be correct by independent sources such as us."

"Needless to say, the Benchmark AHB2 gets my strongest recommendation."

- Amir Majidimehr (@amirm), Forum Founder/Admin, AudioScienceReview.com

Read the entire test report and review at AudioScienceReview.com →


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