But is there an advantage or synergy to having a stack of equipment, designed to work together, by the same manufacturer? Benchmark Media Systems provides us with a test case. A stack of 3 highly engineered components that have been well received and regarded on their own, but when used together the company claims they extract the most transparent musical performance possible, from both digital and analog sources. Does the Benchmark Media HPA4 Preamplifier, AHB2 Power amplifier, and DAC 3B comprise a “golden triumvirate” if you will? An ultimate playback chain?
Stay tuned for a full review, complete with bench tests, to appear on the Secrets website soon.