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Review - Benchmark DAC3 HGC

Benchmark DAC3 HGC

Benchmark Launch the DAC3 HGC - USB DAC And Headphone Amp
B enchmark's new DAC3 HGC looks very similar to the DAC2 HGC but offers better specifications, such as lower Total Harmonic Distortion and THD+N noise, resulting in better sound quality. The DAC3 also uses the new ESS Technologies ES9028PRO converter chip.

Review - Benchmark DAC2 DX

Benchmark DAC2 DX

Benchmark reveal the Benchmark DAC2 DX
T he Benchmark DAC2 DX (£1,750 in the UK or $ 1,995.00 in the US) is a replacement for the Benchmark DAC2 D and has no analogue inputs. Instead it has a full range of digital inputs and adds the following features not seen in the DAC2 D :-

Review - Benchmark AHB2

Benchmark AHB2

Benchmark AHB2 power amp - more info
T he performance of the AHB2 would not have been achievable without taking a radical approach to power amplification. In many ways, the AHB2 is a complete 180 degree departure from traditional high-end amplifier designs.

Review - Benchmark SMS1

Benchmark SMS1

Benchmark Launch The Benchmark SMS1 - 2 way speakers
T he $ 2,450 (U.K. price is £2,349) Benchmark SMS1 is a first for Benchmark – a speaker ! Perhaps better known for their DACs , Benchmark have recently diversified into amplification with the Benchmark AHB2, and now speakers with the Benchmark SMS1.

Review - Benchmark DAC2 HGC

Benchmark DAC2 HGC

Benchmark launch the DAC2 HGC USB DAC headphone amp
T he Benchmark DAC1 has been very popular and one of the reference DACs to which other converters have been compared. It is rare to find a converter review that does not draw comparisons to the DAC1. The DAC1 has been a best-selling 2-channel reference-quality converter and is in daily use at many of the finest recording studios and mastering rooms. DAC1 converters are also enjoyed by thousands of audiophiles.

Review - Benchmark AHB2

Benchmark AHB2

Benchmark reveal new power amp the AHB2
M ust be many power amps out there so what’s special about this one. Well firstly it claims to offer a Signal to noise ratio of around 120 DB about the same as Hi-Res audio and unheard of in amps that typically achieve 100 DB at best. Secondly it uses feed forward rather than feedback to significantly reduce distortion. Class A sound quality without “egg frying” heat !


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