Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier – £3295

The Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier is on sale in our Edinburgh showroom, ready for demonstration. The AHB2 is a high performing but compact amplifier offering a tight and focused sound normally reserved for amplifiers at a far higher price point. If you are looking to buy an new amplifier to upgrade your current sound the Benchmark AHB2 is well worth adding to your short list. We have been matching the Benchmark AHB2 and DAC2 with the new Amphion 3S monitor speakers with excellent results.

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No audio power amplifier offers lower noise or lower distortion than the Benchmark AHB2. Benchmark has raised the bar by introducing a new and revolutionary amplifier!

The AHB2 is the ideal match to the performance limits of High-Resolution-Audio (HRA) formats. Benchmark’s AHB2 power amplifier delivers musical details without introducing the masking effects of amplifier noise and distortion. The dynamic range of the AHB2 is 132 dB, making it 10 to 30 dB quieter than the typical reference-quality power amplifier. The frequency response extends beyond 200 kHz. With the AHB2, you will discover previously overlooked nuances, dynamics, and detail in your favorite recordings and experience the full potential of the latest high-resolution 24-bit PCM and 1-bit DSD audio formats.

The musical details and emotion captured on today’s finest High-Resolution-Audio recordings can only be fully appreciated when every component in the signal chain is capable of true high-resolution performance. The AHB2’s extended frequency response, ultra low noise, and vanishingly low distortion are key parameters contributing to accurate reproduction of high-resolution musical recordings. Experience the full emotion and detail captured in your finest recordings.

Experience high resolution audio as you have never heard it before. The AHB2 is a ground-breaking product. Benchmark has leveraged patented technology from THX to create an amplifier that defines a whole new level of performance. No audio amplifier delivers lower noise or lower distortion.

The frequency response of the AHB2 extends beyond 200 kHz, to deliver the ultrasonic detail and fast transients captured by high-resolution recordings. At the other end of the audio spectrum, the low-frequency response extends below 0.1 Hz, for solid well-controlled bass.

The extended frequency response delivers a nearly perfect impulse response, and a nearly perfect phase response, over the entire audio spectrum.

Other than loudspeakers, power amplifiers are usually the weakest link in the audio chain. Until now, high-resolution recording formats and converter technology have rapidly outpaced the development of audio power amplifiers. For example, Benchmark DAC2 D/A converters outperform most high-end power amplifiers by very significant margins. Most power amplifiers limit system noise performance to the equivalent of a 16 to 18-bit digital system. The differences between 16-bit and 24-bit recordings are inaudible when the power amplifier can only deliver 16-bit noise performance. In most audio systems, the details captured by today’s high-resolution 24-bit PCM systems are lost in a veil of amplifier noise and distortion.

Benchmark’s goal was to build a power amplifier that could deliver the full performance of their flagship DAC2 converters, as well as that of today’s finest high-resolution recordings. The AHB2 realizes this goal.

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Manufacturer: Visit the Benchmark website HERE

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Additional information

colour

Black, Silver