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  • Polkitup2
    Polkitup2 Posts: 1,620
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    Switched to Audioquest Thunderbirds on my T+A DAC 200.

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    I think you're supposed to take off those plastic shipping protector things.
  • Polkitup2
    Polkitup2 Posts: 1,620
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    lol - I always wondered about that. At least I took off the plastic caps on the XLRs!
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,232
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    Definitely would change the dielectric properties of the cables. Removing them will reveal a whole new world of audio.
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Polkitup2
    Polkitup2 Posts: 1,620
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    One good thing about them is that they protect the finish on the connectors. As I was trying my best to install them without incident one end slipped out of my hand and clanked against the side of my cabinet. I was thinking thank god for that plastic cover.
  • Clipdat
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  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,543
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    That’ll buff right out.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,232
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    You like it l I'm digging the smaller one in the desktop rig
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    First impressions are very positive, sounds great.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,232
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    Very nice, pictures of course for proof 😜
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    I gotchu! Will take some when I get home. It's not much of a looker, but its got it where it counts!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    @VR3 Here you go:
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    It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Small, lightweight, cool running, plenty of power on tap - 210wpc. Completely silent in operation and in standby mode, which it goes into automatically after 10 minutes of no signal.

    Very happy and satisfied with the purchase. Did I mention it sounds great?! It's a true pleasure to listen to. I'm planning on writing a formal review after I've spent some more time with it and tried it with my other speakers.
  • jbreezy5
    jbreezy5 Posts: 1,141
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    @VR3 Here you go:
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    It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Small, lightweight, cool running, plenty of power on tap - 210wpc. Completely silent in operation and in standby mode, which it goes into automatically after 10 minutes of no signal.

    Very happy and satisfied with the purchase. Did I mention it sounds great?! It's a true pleasure to listen to. I'm planning on writing a formal review after I've spent some more time with it and tried it with my other speakers.

    Where’s your Benchmark amp?
    CD Players: Sony CDP-211; Sony DVP-S9000ES; Sony UDP-X800M2 (x2); Cambridge Audio CXC

    DACs: Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC III (x2); Denafrips Ares II (x2)

    Streamers: ROKU (x3); Bluesound Node 2i and Node N130 w/LHY LPS // Receivers: Yamaha RX-V775BT; Yamaha RX-V777

    Preamps: B&K Ref 50; B&K Ref 5 S2; Classe CP-800 MkII; Audio Research SP16L (soon)

    Amps: Niles SI-275; B&K ST125.7; B&K ST125.2; Classe CA-2300; Butler Audio TDB-5150

    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR55; Focal Chorus 705v; Wharfedale Diamond 10.2; Monitor Audio Silver-1; Def Tech Mythos One (x4)/Mythos Three Center (x2)/Mythos Two pr.; Martin Logan Electromotion ESL; Legacy Audio Victoria/Silverscreen Center; Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.1; SVS SB-1000 Pro; REL HT-1003; B&W ASW610; HifiMan HE400i

    Turntable: Dual 721 Direct-Drive w/Audio Technica AT-VM95e cart

    Cables: Tripp-lite 14ga. PCs, Blue Jeans Cable ICs, Philips PXT1000 ICs; Kimber Kable DV30 coaxial ICs; Canare L-4E6S XLR ICs; Kimber Kable 8PR & 8TC speaker cables.
  • Toolfan66
    Toolfan66 Posts: 17,026
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    @VR3 Here you go:
    eb6bpzcqirtn.jpg
    dnnmmzjmds6c.jpg

    It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Small, lightweight, cool running, plenty of power on tap - 210wpc. Completely silent in operation and in standby mode, which it goes into automatically after 10 minutes of no signal.

    Very happy and satisfied with the purchase. Did I mention it sounds great?! It's a true pleasure to listen to. I'm planning on writing a formal review after I've spent some more time with it and tried it with my other speakers.


    Looks like you have a nice and clean cable management going on there..
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,548
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    jbreezy5 wrote: »
    Where’s your Benchmark amp?

    Hopefully gone.

    Tom

    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    jbreezy5 wrote: »
    Where’s your Benchmark amp?

    Put in the closet for now. Funny story, the whole reason why I wanted a different amp is because the standby PSU in the Benchmark was making a subtle very quiet high pitched noise. Since my system is in my bedroom I could sometimes hear this noise during quiet mornings when laying in bed. Got tired of having to unplug the power cord from the outlet to get it to go away.

    Would likely be a non-issue for most people who have their system in a living room or dedicated room. And for those who don't have incredibly sensitive hearing.

    But yeah, I'll be holding onto it for when I have a dedicated listening room. The Benchmark AHB2 is still an absolutely incredible amplifier and I love how it sounds. "Flawless" is a great way to describe it's performance.

    But for a $3k amp with impeccable measured performance with no audible noise anywhere else, it's perplexing to me that the standby PSU in there makes an annoying high pitched noise.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,232
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    Bat hearing!

    Clean setup for sure!
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • stangman67
    stangman67 Posts: 2,240
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    jbreezy5 wrote: »
    Where’s your Benchmark amp?

    Put in the closet for now. Funny story, the whole reason why I wanted a different amp is because the standby PSU in the Benchmark was making a subtle very quiet high pitched noise. Since my system is in my bedroom I could sometimes hear this noise during quiet mornings when laying in bed. Got tired of having to unplug the power cord from the outlet to get it to go away.

    Would likely be a non-issue for most people who have their system in a living room or dedicated room. And for those who don't have incredibly sensitive hearing.

    But yeah, I'll be holding onto it for when I have a dedicated listening room. The Benchmark AHB2 is still an absolutely incredible amplifier and I love how it sounds. "Flawless" is a great way to describe it's performance.

    But for a $3k amp with impeccable measured performance with no audible noise anywhere else, it's perplexing to me that the standby PSU in there makes an annoying high pitched noise.

    Are you implying measurements don’t mean everything?

    2 Channel in my home attic/bar/man cave

    2 Channel Focal Kanta 3 I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Modwright PH9.0X I Modwright KWA-150SE I VPI Prime Signature w/ Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC I Lumin U2 Mini I North Star Designs Intenso DAC I Audience OHNO ICs/Audience Furutech FP-S55N and FP-S032N Power Cables/Acoustic Zen Satori I Isotek Sirius
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,548
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    "Put it in the closet for now" and, "flawless" doesn't mix in my world.

    It's either one way or the other.

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • stangman67
    stangman67 Posts: 2,240
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    "Put it in the closet for now" and, "flawless" doesn't mix in my world.

    It's either one way or the other.

    Tom

    Truer words have never been spoken. The comments above are a perfect example of the “measurements mean everything” narrative being pushed by ASR and others is complete BS
    2 Channel in my home attic/bar/man cave

    2 Channel Focal Kanta 3 I Modwright SWL9.0 Anniversary Pre I Modwright PH9.0X I Modwright KWA-150SE I VPI Prime Signature w/ Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC I Lumin U2 Mini I North Star Designs Intenso DAC I Audience OHNO ICs/Audience Furutech FP-S55N and FP-S032N Power Cables/Acoustic Zen Satori I Isotek Sirius
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
    edited April 2023
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    stangman67 wrote: »
    Are you implying measurements don’t mean everything?

    I'm not implying anything, I'm just factually answering @jbreezy5's question about where I put the Benchmark amp.

    treitz3 wrote: »
    "Put it in the closet for now" and, "flawless" doesn't mix in my world.

    It's either one way or the other.

    Tom

    Sure Tom, whatever you say. bow.gif


  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 3,046
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    I was wondering the same thing about Drew's AHB2. Mine is also boxed-up at the moment since I have the Butler TBD 2250 in situ. I did have to send the Butler in for servicing, but I've had it back for a bit and all is well again.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    stangman67 wrote: »
    treitz3 wrote: »
    "Put it in the closet for now" and, "flawless" doesn't mix in my world.

    It's either one way or the other.

    Tom

    Truer words have never been spoken. The comments above are a perfect example of the “measurements mean everything” narrative being pushed by ASR and others is complete BS

    LOL! Because I'm one of probably under 5 customers of Benchmark that have EVER complained about this particular issue? And it's such a specific use-case and only because I have inordinately sensitive hearing. I'm pretty sure you guys wouldn't even be able to hear what I'm describing, it's incredibly subtle and quiet. Likely a non-issue for 99.9% of people who buy this amp.

    But yeah by all means start dogpiling and foaming at the mouth about ASR and measurements even though this is neither here nor there.

    Sure seems fun and easy jump on a forum and **** on an amp you've never had any first hand experience with in your own system. Definitely a lot easier than buying one and listening to it for yourself I guess.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,548
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Sure Tom, whatever you say.[/img]

    It's not what I said.....it's what you said.

    Tom

    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • invalid
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    LOL! Because I'm one of probably under 5 customers of Benchmark that have EVER complained about this particular issue?

    How do you know there aren't more than 5 customers complaining about this issue?
  • msg
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    hehe, I'm glad I'm not the only one hoarding favorite gear for one reason or another. sometimes I like to swap it up. but then, when I start thinking about it, I almost feel like I'm cheating on the piece about to be replaced. yeah, I got issues.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,696
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    invalid wrote: »
    How do you know there aren't more than 5 customers complaining about this issue?

    Google it and prove me wrong then. Literally nobody online discussing this.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,232
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    Not to mention only a very small portion of the population has bat ears... Even smaller are audiophiles.

    I believe the last one to have bat ears was @dorokusai wife... And not an audiophile!
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • mantis
    mantis Posts: 17,098
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    I'm going down an old school habit hole. I got Turntables to research, Needles to learn about, MM and MC
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.