Digital-To-Analogue Converter

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Product Description

The Alpha DAC Series 3 uses breakthrough Series 3 technology that redefines the potential of digital audio quality. In addition to its excellent PCM audio quality, the Alpha DAC Series 3 also has MQA Rendering of unsurpassed audio quality.

The Alpha DAC Series 3 has four two channel digital signal inputs: AES – XLR connector, 110Ω termination; SPDIF1 – BNC connector, 75Ω termination; SPDIF2 – BNC connector, 75Ω termination; TOSLINK – optical connector.

The Alpha DAC Series 3 has four analog signal outputs – RIGHT and LEFT balanced on XLR connectors and RIGHT and LEFT unbalanced on RCA connectors.  All outputs are always active and may be used simultaneously.

IR remote control of all functions including volume and balance allows direct connection to power amplifiers. The analog outputs are designed to drive long cable lengths and connecting directly to a power amplifier avoids any loss of fidelity from routing signals through a preamplifier.

  • Input sampling rate: 32kHz to 192kHz

  • Input word length: 24-bit

  • Ultra-low phase noise Precision Clocking at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz sampling rates ± 100 ppm

  • Two channel analog stereo outputs: XLR balanced with pin 2 positive and RCA unbalanced

  • Digital Inputs: AES – XLR, 110Ω; SPDIF1 – BNC, 75Ω; SPDIF2 – BNC, 75Ω; TOSLINK – Toslink optical connector

  • MQA rendering automatically detects MQA Core decoded signals and performs MQA rendering to 384kHz and above

  • HDCD decoding detects 16-bit flag at 44.1kHz or 24-bit flag at all sampling rates

  • Multiple digital filter options

  • Balanced analog output level: +18dBu (6.15Vrms) maximum, +12dBu (3.1Vrms) or lower recommended

  • Unbalanced analog output level: 3.25Vrms maximum, 2Vrms or lower recommended

  • Digital volume & balance control: 0.1dB/step with .05dB/step L/R gain trim, 60dB range

  • Frequency response at ≥ 88.2kHz sampling rates: ± 0.1dB from < 0.1Hz to 35 kHz, – 3dB at 59kHz for 176.4kHz and 192kHz sampling rates

  • Distortion at recommended levels: all products ≤ -120dBFS

  • THD+N at maximum level: < -110dBFS

  • Firmware is upgradeable through signal inputs

  • Enclosure dimensions: 2.3”H X 16.7”W x 10.6”D

  • Weight: 11.6 lbs.

  • Mains power: 100/120/240VAC, 50/60Hz

  • Power consumption: 25W


Berkeley Audio Design

Berkeley Audio Design has brought first-rate digital-to-analog conversion to both pros and audiophiles by with the new Alpha DAC converter. Berkeley Audio Design also created High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD), as well as the Pacific Microsonics Model Two, widely considered among both pros and knowledgeable consumers as the finest analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters found in the world’s best mastering rooms. Overture, nationally recognized as the leader in the field of high end audio, home theater and home electronics, is America’s premier analog dealer. We are proud to offer Berkeley Audio Design components. If you are interested in purchasing a Berkeley Audio Design product, you can trade-in any electronic component toward a Berkeley Audio Design component by filling out Overture's Trade-In Form.