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Berkeley Reference DAC 1 MQA - Preowned

Berkeley Reference DAC 1 MQA - Preowned

$5,995.00

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Berkeley Reference DAC 1 MQA - Preowned

$5,995.00

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    Here's a great opportunity to pick up on of the very best digital to analog converters on the planet at significant savings!

     

    MY TAKE: Without a doubt, the Alpha DAC Reference DAC from Berkeley Audio is the very best sounding DAC I've heard. Paired with a good dedicated music server, the Reference will re-establish your benchmark for digital reproduction. - Galen Carol

     

       The Absolute Sound 50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio


    REVIEWS - Series 1:


    The Computer Audiophile: "The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series is a DAC for the ages. Delicacy, detail, and unparalleled transparency are hallmarks of the RS. Reproducing soft yet present background instruments as clearly as the lead guitar is something only the Alpha DAC RS has done in my system. This DAC is capable of hooking the listener in to hours long listening sessions even at the expense of getting other work done. In other words, the Alpha DAC RS reproduces addicting sound. The Reference Series is what the term "game changer" was meant to describe. It's a PCM only DAC that renders most other universal DACs on the market irrelevant. Irrelevant because they cost more and don't sound as good. A DAC that can make standard resolution (16/44.1) material sound as good as high resolution is a true game changer. The advanced digital filtering algorithms created by Berkeley Audio Design do exactly that with 16/44.1 music. I know of no DAC available today that can reproduce Redbook CD content as well as the Alpha DAC RS. Period. If I could afford it and my job allowed it, the Alpha DAC RS is the only DAC I'd use for the foreseeable future." - Chris Conaker


    The Absolute Sound: "I'll have a lot more to say about this extraordinary new product in my review next issue, but for now you should know that 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 tinniest 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 aluminum black. The Alpha DAC Reference is an unqualified triumph." - Robert Harley


    The Absolute Sound: "The Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series is not only the absolute state of the art in digital-to-analog conversion, it also goes far beyond even this superlative to redefine what’s possible in digital playback. This is a landmark product in that it crosses a threshold of sound quality and musical expressiveness that renders moot the idea that digital can only aspire to mimic analog rather than offer its own set of virtues.

    "I won’t reiterate the Alpha Reference’s merits, but can guarantee that you’ve never heard digital audio sound like this. This is a product that you have to hear for yourself to believe just how far digital has traveled. I’m also heartened by the Reference’s price. Although not inexpensive, $16,000 for the unquestioned state of the art in digital playback makes it seem like a bargain.

    "On a personal level, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to experience an entirely new and unexpected level of musical involvement from my library of standard-resolution CDs and files. After one particularly rewarding session, I reflected on how Berkeley Audio Design epitomizes the highest ideals of high-end audio.

    "Ritter and Pflaumer toiled for years, researching the finest minutia of design details that affect sound quality to create a product that has allowed me to experience a deeper level of musical involvement and appreciation. Their single-minded pursuit of performance above all else exemplifies the ethos behind the landmark breakthroughs in the history of high-end audio.

    "And breakthrough the Alpha Reference is. I’m confident in saying that the Alpha Reference will be remembered decades from now as a turning point in digital audio sound quality." - Robert Harley


    SPECIFICATIONS:

     

    Input sampling rate: 32kHz-192kHz
    Input word length: 24-bit
    Inputs: AES /EBU, SPDIF on BNC (x2), TosLink
    Outputs: Balanced on XLR jacks, unbalanced on RCA jacks
    Output level: 6.15Vrms at 0dBFS (balanced); 3.25Vrms at 0dBFS (unbalanced)
    Digital volume control and balance: 0.1dB steps, 0.05dB L/R balance, 60dB range
    Remote control: Volume, balance, input selection, absolute polarity reversal
    Digital filter: Custom, user selectable
    THD+N: <–110dBFS at maximum output
    Firmware: Upgradable through signal inputs
    Warranty: Three years parts and labor
    Dimensions: 17.5" x 3.5" x 12.5"
    Weight: 30 lbs.

     

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Berkeley Reference DAC 1 MQA - Preowned

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Description

Here's a great opportunity to pick up on of the very best digital to analog converters on the planet at significant savings!

 

MY TAKE: Without a doubt, the Alpha DAC Reference DAC from Berkeley Audio is the very best sounding DAC I've heard. Paired with a good dedicated music server, the Reference will re-establish your benchmark for digital reproduction. - Galen Carol

 

   The Absolute Sound 50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio


REVIEWS - Series 1:


The Computer Audiophile: "The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series is a DAC for the ages. Delicacy, detail, and unparalleled transparency are hallmarks of the RS. Reproducing soft yet present background instruments as clearly as the lead guitar is something only the Alpha DAC RS has done in my system. This DAC is capable of hooking the listener in to hours long listening sessions even at the expense of getting other work done. In other words, the Alpha DAC RS reproduces addicting sound. The Reference Series is what the term "game changer" was meant to describe. It's a PCM only DAC that renders most other universal DACs on the market irrelevant. Irrelevant because they cost more and don't sound as good. A DAC that can make standard resolution (16/44.1) material sound as good as high resolution is a true game changer. The advanced digital filtering algorithms created by Berkeley Audio Design do exactly that with 16/44.1 music. I know of no DAC available today that can reproduce Redbook CD content as well as the Alpha DAC RS. Period. If I could afford it and my job allowed it, the Alpha DAC RS is the only DAC I'd use for the foreseeable future." - Chris Conaker


The Absolute Sound: "I'll have a lot more to say about this extraordinary new product in my review next issue, but for now you should know that 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 tinniest 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 aluminum black. The Alpha DAC Reference is an unqualified triumph." - Robert Harley


The Absolute Sound: "The Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series is not only the absolute state of the art in digital-to-analog conversion, it also goes far beyond even this superlative to redefine what’s possible in digital playback. This is a landmark product in that it crosses a threshold of sound quality and musical expressiveness that renders moot the idea that digital can only aspire to mimic analog rather than offer its own set of virtues.

"I won’t reiterate the Alpha Reference’s merits, but can guarantee that you’ve never heard digital audio sound like this. This is a product that you have to hear for yourself to believe just how far digital has traveled. I’m also heartened by the Reference’s price. Although not inexpensive, $16,000 for the unquestioned state of the art in digital playback makes it seem like a bargain.

"On a personal level, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to experience an entirely new and unexpected level of musical involvement from my library of standard-resolution CDs and files. After one particularly rewarding session, I reflected on how Berkeley Audio Design epitomizes the highest ideals of high-end audio.

"Ritter and Pflaumer toiled for years, researching the finest minutia of design details that affect sound quality to create a product that has allowed me to experience a deeper level of musical involvement and appreciation. Their single-minded pursuit of performance above all else exemplifies the ethos behind the landmark breakthroughs in the history of high-end audio.

"And breakthrough the Alpha Reference is. I’m confident in saying that the Alpha Reference will be remembered decades from now as a turning point in digital audio sound quality." - Robert Harley


SPECIFICATIONS:

 

Input sampling rate: 32kHz-192kHz
Input word length: 24-bit
Inputs: AES /EBU, SPDIF on BNC (x2), TosLink
Outputs: Balanced on XLR jacks, unbalanced on RCA jacks
Output level: 6.15Vrms at 0dBFS (balanced); 3.25Vrms at 0dBFS (unbalanced)
Digital volume control and balance: 0.1dB steps, 0.05dB L/R balance, 60dB range
Remote control: Volume, balance, input selection, absolute polarity reversal
Digital filter: Custom, user selectable
THD+N: <–110dBFS at maximum output
Firmware: Upgradable through signal inputs
Warranty: Three years parts and labor
Dimensions: 17.5" x 3.5" x 12.5"
Weight: 30 lbs.