Here is our winner unboxing his new DAC1 HGC!
After hooking up his new DAC1 HGC, he had the following comments:
"I was satisfied with the sound I was getting from the Sabre DAC in my Oppo 105 while playing lossless wave files, but when I played those same files through the Benchmark DAC I was surprised at how much more detail was present. The Soundstage widened and the clarity was unbelievable. This is definitely a quality product and I would not hesitate to recommend it."
Bennett visited our booth and dropped his card in our fishbowl, never expecting to win. Yesterday was his lucky day!
Rory emailed Bennett to let him know that he had won. Here was his response:
"Hey Rory, I checked my email... holy ...! Well, that's about as exciting as email gets. I didn't forget I dropped my business card into the fish bowl, but I had no hope. Hope leads to the dark side, or something."
April 15-17, Westin O'Hare, Chicago VISIT BENCHMARK AT AXPONA 2016! You are not going to want to miss this rare opportunity to experience true HD Audio! We have partnered with AIX Records, Dolby Laboratories, Oppo Digital, DH Labs Cables, JVC, and Revel to create...
The AHB2 and SMS1 will be demonstrated at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 10-12, 2014. Come experience this stunning combination in person. Meet Sales Manager Rory Rall and Speaker Designer Dave MacPherson. Enter to win a Benchmark DAC (1 winner per show). We will be accepting orders for the AHB2 at the show.
The AHB2 and SMS1 will be on display at the AES Convention in LA October 9-12, 2014. Stop by booth 1421 to meet John Siau and other members of the engineering team. Enter to win a Benchmark DAC (1 winner per show). We will be accepting orders for the AHB2 at the show.
Benchmark demonstrated the Benchmark DAC3 D/A converter and two Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers driving a pair of PMC MB2S passive monitors. This combination may be the best playback system we have heard anywhere. The low-distortion performance of the PMC monitors compliments the ultra-clean Benchmark signal chain.
This year the show was co-located with the NAB show and it was definitely the busiest AES show in many years.
We want to extend our thanks to everyone who stopped in and visited us at our booth!
You are not going to want to miss this rare opportunity to experience true HD Audio! We have partnered with AIX Records, Dolby Laboratories, Oppo Digital, DH Labs Cables, JVC, and Revel to create the ultimate stereo and surround system.
In the spacious Lakeshore B ballroom we will have a stereo and surround demo featuring 3 Benchmark DAC2 DX digital to analog converters, 5 Benchmark AHB2 power amplifiers, and 5 Revel Salon 2 full-range speakers. Whether you prefer stereo or surround you are not going to want to miss this opportunity to experience an extraordinary system. This is one room you do not want to miss!
NAMM Show 2016 - January 21-24, Anaheim, CA Coming to the NAMM show? Be sure to visit us at booth 6928 in hall A! One lucky visitor to our booth will win a DAC2 L (a $1695 value). Just...
AHB2 - "2015 Product of the Year - Pioneering Design Achievement"
"Last year, in his November editorial, Hans wrote about our lack of consensus in naming the winner for this award."
"This year ... the Benchmark AHB2’s incredible sound quality makes it a no-brainer for the 2015 Pioneering Design Achievement award."
"Hans reviewed the AHB2 for SoundStage! Access in June, and had read every other product review we published in 2015, and felt that nothing else came close."
- Doug Schneider, SoundStage Hi-Fi
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DAC3 - "The DAC3 soundstage is highly accurate, and its sound is among the best at any price."
"Benchmark Media began in the mid-1980s providing audio equipment to television broadcast facilities. Today it is recognized amongst recording professionals and high-end audio enthusiasts for producing high-end, sonically transparent components. This philosophy is inherent in all of Benchmark's products--digital-to-analog converters, analog-to-digital converters, preamps, and amplifiers--and it plays right into the sweet spot of high-resolution audio."
"After Benchmark announced the release of the DAC3 HGC, I was quick to contact the company and request a review sample. I was excited after reading about Benchmark's enthusiastic endorsement of the new ESS PRO SABRE chips and had a hunch that the new DAC3 could be a significant step forward in Benchmark's DAC lineage."
"The DAC3 also possesses an uncanny ability to resolve hidden details that typically get lost in a mix. With more resolved detail, the tonality of instruments sounds more real."
- Ben Shyman, Home Theater Review