The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is arguably the best and most versatile DAC available at any price in high end audio. If you are in the market for an outboard Digital to Analog Converter, the Alpha DAC should be at the top of your list!
“The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is the best-sounding outboard digital-to-analog converter I’ve heard. The fact that is decodes high-resolution sources of any sampling rate is icing on the cake… The real story is that this performance and functionality is possible at $4,995… The Alpha DAC competes and outperforms much more expensive converters. At $5k, the Alpha DAC is a spectacular bargain. It is my outboard converter of choice for both CD and high-resolution sources, regardless of price.”
– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Issue #189
“There is a very valid reason why Berkeley Audio Design is selling Alpha DACs as fast as it can produce them. The Alpha DAC is simply stunning. The Berkeley Audio Design team is one of the most respected in the industry. They have succeeded in their goal of making a very high level of fidelity available to music lovers everywhere… At $5,000 the Alpha DAC is a high-end audio bargain.This level of quality and features could honestly sell for twice or three times the price. Every Alpha DAC owner and audiophile I’ve talked to who has heard the DAC has been very impressed. In a recent DAC shootout for the Bay Area Audio Society the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC took first place hands down. I would not be surprised to see the Alpha DAC ascend to the top of many lists and receive much deserved accolades in the weeks and months ahead. Whether I’m using Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows the Alpha DAC from Berkeley Audio Design is my reference DAC for the foreseeable future.”