The review, by Paul Seydor of the Benchmark Media AHB2 power amplifier ($2,995) in The Absolute Sound (#262), was very interesting. He gave it a “high, enthusiastic, and confident thumbs up. The product review was interesting and alerted me to a new product that I had not heard of before. Please note that reviewers, friends, Audiogon, etc. recommenations are interesting BUT I always listen and decide for myself.
Since the Benchmark DAC2 DAC has its own volume control, it means it can be connected direct to the power amplifier (no pre-amp). The Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier can also be used in stereo or a mono only version for increased power.
I am not in the market for new products since I am very happy with my Bricasti M1 DAC and my Hypex NCore NC400 mono block power amplifiers. However, if I was in the market, I would review the Benchmark AHB2 and the Benchmark DAC2 DAC. I like the fact that Benchmark products are engineered and manufactured in the USA. Please see:
I like their transparent audio path and their design looks very good. Does anyone have any comments, or experience, with the Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier and/or the Benchmark DAC2 DAC? Thanks.