26/10/2013
Benchmark Media introduces new high-resolution AHB2 power amplifier

The AHB2 stereo power amplifier introduces groundbreaking advances in power amplifier design and performance. Its entirely new patented technology eliminates most sources of distortion while extending the dynamic range well beyond that of most high-end amplifiers. High-resolution audio recordings are now available in a variety of digital formats, but none of these formats can be experienced to their full potential using a typical power amplifier. Only the AHB2 power amplifier is designed to deliver the details, texture, and dynamic range of the finest best high-resolution recordings.

Benchmark's AHB2 power amplifier delivers musical details without introducing the masking effects of amplifier noise. The dynamic range of the AHB2 approaches 130 dB, making it 10 to 30 dB quieter than the typical audiophile power amplifier. 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 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. The AHB2 has a high damping factor that augments its extended low-end to deliver solid, well-controlled bass. It’s a stunning experience to finally hear full bandwidth high-resolution playback. The AHB2 allows you to escape the distortion limitations of classic amplifier topologies and enter the world of high-resolution audio playback.

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11/10/2012
Benchmark Media launches new DAC2 HGC

Benchmark Media Systems, the creator of the award-winning DAC1 family, is proud to announce the DAC2 HGC, a new reference stereo preamplifier with headphone amplifier and PCM/DSD D/A converter.

The DAC2 HGC packs more processing power and features in the same compact DAC1 series form factor. Under the hood, eight balanced 32-bit D/A converters are summed together to form a pair of balanced outputs. DAC2 HGC supports 24- bit/192kHz PCM as well as native DSD conversion. Other features include sample rate and word length display, UltraLock2 jitter attenuation, asynchronous USB Audio 2.0, polarity switch, home theater bypass, bi- directional 12V trigger, additional analog and digital inputs and outputs, digital pass-through, and high-efficiency low-noise power supplies.

Benchmark is introducing Hybrid Gain Control (HGC), a system that combines active analog gain control, passive low-impedance attenuators, a 32-bit digital gain control, and a servo-driven volume control. These components are combined to maximize dynamic range while minimizing distortion.

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09/03/2012
Weiss MAN301 Music Archive Network Player

The MAN301 is a system for music archiving, music library maintenance, music playback, CD ripping, Internet radio streaming and more.

The MAN301 comes in two versions, the "DAC" version includes a D/A Converter (the MAN301DAC), the "SERVER" version has digital outputs only for connecting an external D/A Converter (the MAN301SERVER). The SERVER version can be user upgraded to the DAC version at any time.

A complete MAN301 system consists of:

  • The MAN301 Base Station as pictured below
  • An external NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, typically a harddisk or an array of harddisks. This allows for virtually unlimited storage space for music files.
  • An iPad device with the Weiss app for remote control of the Base Station.
  • A means of accessing the Internet by the Base Station for fetching CD cover art and CD metadata

MAN301 front view:

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Features:

  • external music storage on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or USB device, no internal storage for music files. Recommendations for suitable NAS devices are supplied
  • remote control via an Apple iPad, no keyboard, mouse, monitor required
  • digital inputs for external audio sources: AES/EBU or S/PDIF on XLR, RCA, TOSLINK
  • digital outputs to external D/A Converters: AES/EBU on XLR and RCA, FireWire, USB
  • DAC Version: Analog outputs on XLR and RCA
  • DAC Version: The built-in D/A converter is of similar design to our renowned DAC202 unit
  • wordclock input and output on BNC for synchronization
  • Ethernet for connecting to NAS, local network
  • WiFi antenna for connecting to iPad, local network
  • typical setups: 1) MAN301 connected directly to the NAS and iPad, in addition (optionally) to the in-house WiFi for Internet access. 2) MAN301, NAS, iPad connected to a WiFi Router.
  • multiple MAN301 devices can be controlled from within a single iPad
  • multiple users per MAN301 device are supported, each with his/her own music library, playlists, searches etc.
  • multiple NAS units can be added to the library for unlimited storage
  • all common audio file formats (uncompressed, losslessly compressed, lossy compressed) are supported for playback and ripping
  • up to 192kHz / 32bit supported
  • music library displayed according to album names, artist names, genres, recently played, recently added
  • powerful search facility, allows to store searches which result in dynamic playlists
  • playlists are easily added, edited and can be set safe
  • volume control in 4 coarse analog steps and with a high resolution, dithered digital fader
  • start, stop, skip, back controls
  • repeat single track or repeat whole playlist function
  • powerful cover art search algorithm which allows the user to select the most appropriate cover art out of an intelligent pre-selection
  • CD ripping in all common file formats (uncompressed, losslessly compressed, lossy compressed)
  • CD playback without the need to rip the CD
  • CD metadata fetching from various databases
  • comprehensive user interface on iPad, easily to be handled even by computer novices
  • software upgradeable via Internet
  • internet radio streaming
  • future software upgrades will include various DSP facilities

MAN301 back view (full version w/ DAC):

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09/03/2012
Weiss DAC202U with USB connectivity now available!

The non-compromise DAC for computer playback now is even easier to integrate with your Mac or PC, thanks to the new DAC202U which offers also USB connectivity next to the Firewire connectivity of the standard DAC202.

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