Amin to that! That’s why in my OP i stated that i am not aiming to knock them down. They have a lot going for them. They have an amazing team! Great service, great warranty, solidly engineered products, built to last, and here in the US. John has done a fantastic job educating us audiophiles and I have tremendous respect for him and his engineering team, which i have expressed in other threads. I support the company wholeheartedly too, that’s why i bother writing these posts, because I care about the company and want to continue using their equipment. The sound has given me nothing but tremendous listening pleasure. I guess I am just more picky about the looks and since I spend a lot of time in front of them and I want to buy that matching LA4 and DAC4, and if they throw in a streamer, i’ll take it too, after which i would wish everybody happy listening and go back to enjoying my music and the Benchmark looks.Benchmark: Made and supported by a great team of no BS folks in the USA (New York). I hate the idea of "throw away" electronics, these guys give you a great product with 5 yr warranty and will actually repair your equipment if it has a problem. They answer emails in a few hours and pick up the phone when you call. Hang out in the forums with no BS sales tactics and lots of technical info. Equipment built for function not looks.
Doesn't get much better than that, I'm Happy to support them and am seriously enjoying their equipment!