Benchmark LA4 preamp and AHB2 power amplifier review

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  • JayDog
    JayDog Posts: 260
    Solid review thread, thanks for the info, everybody over at ASR is freaking out about the Benchmark amp and how it tested.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    Measurements are a useful data point, but hearing is believing. In this case, the measurements correlate directly to the listening experience.
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,188
    Apparently, Paul Seydor of The Absolute Sound shares your opinion of Benchmark equipment, Drew.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    The LA4 and AHB2 deserve every bit of praise that they get!
  • JayDog
    JayDog Posts: 260
    They have been sold out for the last month, I think they are back in stock now. Clipdat I was hoping you would say "its a nice amp but not much better then a Parasound A21 ". This way I can get this amp out of my mind and move on.

    I have been avoiding ASR for a couple months because of its test results and all the buzz this amp has been generating, I like to spend money and hearing reviews like this all over the place is what makes it even harder, So thanks..I think :D
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    IIRC, you have a mixed use system, correct? I wouldn't upgrade from the A21 to the AHB2 for this use case.
  • JayDog
    JayDog Posts: 260
    edited January 2021
    Your right, I need to get back on the golf course and on the water soon, Spring seems like it is never going to get here.
    I think its a mix of cabin fever and upgraditis, I sit and read these wonderful reviews and well.. enough said.. thanks!
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    I'll have more reviews coming soon for you to read!

    In the mean time, enjoy the A21, it's a fine amplifier!
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,405
    How about a Benchmark DAC3/HGC as a pre into a McCormack DNA power amp? Do you think the AHB2 would be an improvement there? :)
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    Not sure! I'd need to get ears on both amps powering the same speakers, in order to be sure which one would sound best to me!

    If you are curious about the AHB2 I would encourage you to take it for a 30 day test drive from Music Direct. The only thing you "have to lose" is the return shipping fees. :)
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,188
    Great advice from any professional reviewer right there. Listen for yourself, preferably in your own room with your specific equipment.
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,492
    Looks like someone is living the dream....congrats man!
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amp: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: MartinLogan Motion 60XTi - Shop Rig: Yamaha A-S501 Integrated - Speakers: Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2
  • JayDog
    JayDog Posts: 260
    I would like your reviewer position Clipdat, but i would be afraid I would want to buy all of the top gear.. :)
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,530
    Pretty nice Nu-Vista there
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,571
    @jdjohn Great looking setup!
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Musical Fidelity M6si integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, Audiolab 6000CDT CD Transport, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Fluance RT85, Ortofon 2M Bronze, Polk L600's, L400, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios, Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables.