So matey boy round 5he corner has just bought some new bits. He replaced his BPBP and mod86p (bridged monos) with a Topping Pre 90 and just this weekend a Benchmark AHB2.
I heard the topping a week or two ago and the difference was quite marked, just quieter and cleaner and more finely resolved all round. I'll get one for mine no doubt about it.
The benchmark is a different story, it might be, a tiny bit better. I couldn't really tell, it was right on my limit for hearing a difference, maybe a smidge smoother at the top, just a hint of this effect, it did seem marginally more resolved in the bass than the mod86p monos. If pushed I'd say it was better in the bass, but I'll not be buying one. The returns aren't worth the outlay.
But, it's frigging tiny and it runs almost cold into Paul's quad 989s and onto his twin subs.
If you want a little amp it delivers all that ncores promise, but fail to deliver for me due to their coarse upper frequencies.
I have heard the Benchmark driving some ESL63s. This is what sent the old brain i to "what if" mode, and then the talk started about the Mod686, which .easures nearly as well, and I could build cheaper. You all know what happened next.
When CV19 is finally over, the 686 will be compared to the Benchmark. I don't really think we are going to hear much of a difference.
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