THX® Partners with Benchmark® to Launch Its New Power Amplifier Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 18, 2013 — THX Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Benchmark Media Systems, Inc., Syracuse, NY, to launch the world's first power amplifier incorporating THX's patented all-analog amplifier technology, which combines ultra-low distortion with low dissipation.

The Benchmark AHB2 is a 2-channel audio amplifier that features low distortion (less than 0.00013% THD @ 1 kHz) and dynamic range of 130 dB. Power is 2 x 170 W into 4 ohms or 340 W bridged mono into 8 ohms. Housed in an enclosure of only 3.5 x 11 x 9 inches, it runs cool, thanks to THX's novel low-dissipation analog amplifier technology.

"Benchmark is a great partner to roll out THX's patented all-analog amplifier technology," said Laurie Fincham, Senior VP at THX Ltd. "Having used Benchmark's excellent DAC2 stereo pre-amp, one that is widely used in broadcasting and recording venues throughout the world, we feel that the AHB2 power amplifier will be the perfect mate."

The Benchmark Media AHB2 is an ideal choice for high-resolution recording applications and broadcasting where the highest performance and reliability are needed.

"We have enjoyed working with the THX team to bring this amplifier to market. The performance of the finished product has exceeded our expectations, and it’s made in the USA," said John Siau, VP and Chief Engineer at Benchmark Media.

To see and hear more about this inviting new product, visit Benchmark at the 135th AES Convention in New York, 18-20th October 2013 at stand #2935.

About THX:

Founded by George Lucas 30 years ago and recognized by audiences around the globe, THX is synonymous with the design and certification of world-class cinemas and recording studios, premium audio systems for home and automotive applications, high definition displays and multi-media systems. THX develops and licenses IP and new technologies for audio and video applications.

About Benchmark:

Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. is a privately-held manufacturer of precision audio electronics providing leading-edge performance to audio professionals and enthusiasts since 1983.


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