Benchmark Headphone Power Amplifiers

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The HPA4 is Benchmark's newest headphone amplifier. Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. and THX, Ltd. have partnered to introduce the Benchmark HPA4 headphone/line amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA™) technology.

THX AAA™ reduces harmonic, intermodulation, and crossover distortion by 20 to 40 dB to guarantee a realistic and fatigue-free listening experience. It accomplishes this using a patented feed-forward topology to null conventional distortion and noise mechanisms, resulting in the world's most linear amplifier. THX AAA allows the amplifier to reach its maximum output power and sound pressure level (SPL) without producing the distortion that normally accompanies increased output levels in traditional amplifiers.

Featuring the flagship THX-888 amplifier design, the revolutionary HPA4 headphone amplifier incorporates the same THX AAA technology that Benchmark uses in the AHB2 power amplifier. The HPA4 delivers sonic perfection. Hear the music without any contamination from electronic noise or distortion. The HPA4 delivers power, audio fidelity, speed and accuracy over an utterly silent background.

The THX-888 amplifier is driven by a Benchmark line amplifier that features relay gain control, relay input selection, and relay muting. The line amplifier incorporates the finest gold-contact relays available. The gain control has 256 steps in 0.5 dB increments. It also features a balance control. Relay closures are precisely timed to deliver silky-smooth volume changes. No other relay gain control offers this level of precision and performance. The HPA4 includes 4 independent 256-step attenuators: two for the L&R headphone outputs, and two for the L&R line outputs. To make this all happen, the HPA4 includes a total of 64 precision relays.

  • THD < -125 dB (0.00006%)
  • SNR > 131 dB, unweighted, 20-20 kHz
  • SNR > 135 dB, A-weighted
  • Frequency Response - 0.003 dB at 10 Hz, -0.001 dB at 20 kHz
  • - 3 dB Bandwidth exceeds 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz
  • Output Impedance, near 0 Ohms
  • Output Noise < 2.45 uV at Unity Gain, 20-20 kHz
  • Maximum Output Power, 6 Watts into 16 Ohms
  • Maximum Output Voltage, 11.5 Vrms into 300 Ohms
  • Crosstalk < -133 dB @ 1 kHz, -115 dB @ 10 kHz (XLR4)
High Current and High Voltage
  • The HPA4 easily delivers the high current and high power demanded by low-impedance headphones.
  • The HPA4 delivers the high voltages demanded by low-efficiency headphones.
  • The HPA4 is designed to driveall types of headphones with ease.
Wide 0.1 Hz to 200 kHz Frequency Response
  • Bass extends down below 0.1 Hz.
  • High frequency response extends beyond 500 kHz.
  • The HPA4 is fast, detailed, and phase accurate.
High Damping Factor
  • The near 0-Ohm output impedance of the HPA4 provides a very high damping factor.
  • The HPA4 maintains tight control of the headphone drivers.
  • Damping providing tight bass control.
  • The high damping factor reduces distortion.
  • The high damping factor provides a smooth and predictable frequency response.
Clean and Quiet
  • The HPA4 maintains less than 0.00006% THD, even while delivering a full 6 W output into a 16-Ohm load.
  • The HPA4 remains remains clean when driving two sets of headphones simultaneously.

HPA2 Reference Headphone Amplifier

The HPA2™ is Benchmark's reference-quality high-current, 0-Ohm headphone power amplifier. This high-power headphone amplifier is an integral part of many Benchmark products.

The HPA2™ can place a substantial load on the internal power supplies. For this reason, each Benchmark product that includes an HPA2™ is equipped with a large power supply that is designed to deliver the required power. The headphone jacks on Benchmark products aren't just an afterthought or convenience feature. The HPA2™ is a high power headphone amplifier that outperforms almost every stand-alone headphone amplifier.

  • THD < -108 dB (0.0004%) into 300 Ohms
  • THD < -100 dB (0.0010%) into 30 Ohms
  • - 3 dB Bandwidth exceeds 0.1 Hz to 500 kHz
  • Output Impedance, near 0 Ohms
  • Maximum Output Power, 1.25 Watts into 30 Ohms
  • Maximum Output Voltage, 9.2 Vrms into 300 Ohms

The HPA2 is Available in many Benchmark Products

  • The HPA2™ is available in most of our D/A converters and microphone preamplifiers.

Headphone Application Notes


    The following Benchmark Products are Equipped with HPA4 (THX-888) or HPA2 Headphone Power Amplifiers:

    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier from $ 2,999.00
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    Benchmark DAC2 HGC - Digital to Analog Audio Converter from $ 1,995.00
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    Benchmark DAC2 DX - Digital to Analog Audio Converter from $ 1,895.00
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    Benchmark PRE420 - Microphone Preamplifier / Mixer Sold Out
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    Benchmark DAC1 HDR - Digital to Analog Audio Converter - Factory Refurbished $ 1,150.00 $ 1,895.00
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