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RE: Berkeley Alpha DAC-2

Good point - a post in a moment of exuberance!

I hooked it driving my Ayre V-5xe directly - using the DAC's volume control. It was being driven by the Squeezebox Touch via SPDIF (Black Cat Silver STar and a Home Brew cable I am in the midst of developing)

First impression is the midrange is perfect, and the upper midrange and treble - which has always been an issue for me in hardness or glare - is crystal clear but without an ounce of harshness or glare. The treble is perfect and clear!

There is plenty of bass with tons of detail from as low as I can reproduce (around 35Hz) to the limits of my hearing! (I beleive it is about 15kHz given my age).

The stereo image is large and deep - and given my Thiels 2.4's are not great imagers - this is quite a feat!

I'll have more later, of course.

As it has 4 digital inputs: AES/EBU, SPDIF(BNC), TOSLINK and BADA(RG45?) - I'll be able to try out at least the SPDIF and TOSLINK...

Initial impressions are very positive.

I'll do some more listening over the next week - and will also try it going through my preamp.

"We have met the enemy and he is us" - Pogo

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