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RE: Quad and Benchmark amps: same type?

If you're considering the purchase of a Benchmark AHB2, I'd suggest caution. It is very speaker dependant and can (with normally exciting speakers) sound drain the life from them.

I have Avantgarde speakers and, on the raving recommendation by a fellow AG owner, I bought the AHB2 unheard - it was brand new and not available on demo in UK and no reviews. What a disappointment - it's DULL. It has now been sold and I have a number of MUCH better suited amplifiers to use. Read the Stereophile review and its add-ons by other reviewers to see what I mean. They liked the amp with serious reservations.

I'm not sure which Quad amp you're talking about but (again while looking for a good amp for my speakers) home tested a Quad Platinum Stereo. I wasn't impressed with that either.

Edits: 03/20/17

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