"Rarely do I hear a component that's truly a game changer, a component that's so good I can't stop listening through it, and a component that's so good it renders much of the competition irrelevant."

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Berkeley Audio Design was formed with the goal of making that level of fidelity available to music lovers and audiophiles everywhere. The new Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series, the Alpha DAC Series 2 and the Alpha USB represent major achievements towards that goal. High resolution 88.2kHz to 192kHz, non-DRM recordings are available on optical disk and by download from labels such as Reference Recordings' HRx and others that are identical to the original 24-bit masters.

 

 

Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound (Sept 2014) stated, "Berkeley's Alpha DAC Reference redefines what we can expect from digital playback. The Reference is simply stunning in its ability to render instruments as real-sounding objects in three-dimensional space. This startling -and I mean startling- quality is made possible not just by the Reference's spatial precision, but also by the timbral vividness and extraordinarily high resolution of the tiniest micro-details. What's more, the Reference performs this magic trick on all instruments simultaneously, even in the most dense and complex passages. This unprecedented (for digital) quality allowed me to easily follow individual musical lines in a way I never thought possible from digital. The build-quality is many steps up from the original Alpha DAC, including a chassis milled from a solid aluminium block. The Alpha DAC Reference is an unqualified triumph."

Closer to the microphone feed

They realised that few outside of Model One and Two users in the recording industry would ever hear music reproduced with that level of detail, ease and verisimilitude - a level of fidelity they felt was “closer to the microphone feed” than even first generation open-reel analog tapes. To their ears it was a new paradigm of audio fidelity

Berkeley Audio Design was formed with the goal of making that level of fidelity available to music lovers and audiophiles everywhere.  The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is the first acheivement towards that goal.  High resolution 88.2kHz to 192kHz, non-DRM recordings are now available on optical disk and by download from labels such as Reference Recordings' HRx and others that are identical to the original 24-bit masters.