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Alpha DAC Series 3

Alpha DAC Series 3

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In Store Only ! To order, please call us at (702) 910-4913. You can think of the Alpha DAC Series 3 as a distillation of the Reference Series 3 in a less expensive implementation with a breakthrough in value. Free Shipping to Continental US only !

Alpha DAC Series 3 - A Breakthrough In Audio Quality & Value

- The Alpha DAC Series 3 has superb resolution of low-level detail, including three-dimensional sound staging.

- The Alpha DAC Series 3 uses advanced technology from the award winning Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 to provide Reference Level Performance never available before at this price.

- Compare the Alpha DAC Series 3 to any DAC at any price and hear its superior audio quality.

- Excellent PCM audio quality from 32 kHz to 192 kHz

- Excellent MQA Rendering quality to beyond 384 kHz

- Ultra-low phase noise conversion clocking

- Outputs can connect directly to power amplifiers

- All metal Series 3 IR Remote Control

- Available with a Silver or Black front panel

Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Series 3 User's Manual

Alpha DAC Series 3 Receives TAS 2021 Golden Ear Award

2021 Golden Ear Award


Controls & Indicators

- Input selects AES, SPDIF1, SPDIF2 or Toslink inputs

- Lock LED indicates input signal lock

- HDCD LED indicates HDCD code detected

- Phase sets absolute phase

- Invert LED indicates absolute phase inverted

- 3 digit LED display of Stereo/L/R attenuation, Sampling Rate and Filter type

- ± controls set attenuation level and select Filter type

- Mode selects Stereo/L/R attenuation, Sampling Rate and Filter type display modes

- Dim selects multiple display brightness levels


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

Balanced Analog Output Level: +18 dBu ( 6.15Vrms ) maximum, +12 dBu ( 3.1Vrms ) or lower recommended

Unbalanced Analog Output Level: 3.25Vrms maximum, 2Vrms or lower recommended

Digital Volume & Balance Control: 0.1 dB / step with .05 dB / step L/R gain trim, 60 dB range

Frequency Response at ≥ 88.2kHz Sampling Rates:

± 0.1dB from < 0.1Hz to 35 kHz, - 3dB at 59kHz for 176.4kHz & 192kHz sampling rates

Distortion at Recommended Levels: all products ≤ -120dBFS

THD+N at Maximum Level: < -110 dBFS

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

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

Shipping Weight & Dimensions:   14.6 Lbs, 21" x 15" x7"

Firmware is upgradeable through signal inputs !