California Audio Show, Alpha DAC RS, and Devialet
Just a quick post before heading off to the California Audio Show
. I look forward to this show for many reasons, among them is meeting members of the Computer Audiophile community. I've met several readers at this show and events at local Bay Area dealers and I enjoy talking to them every year. A major plus for me at this show is that the highest density of Computer Audiophile readers is in Silicon Valley. There are tons of computer savvy audiophiles in the Bay Area in addition to the tons of traditional audiophiles looking to finally get on the computer audio bandwagon. At the show this year two rooms will feature the new Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC RS
. I encourage all members of the Computer Audiophile community to spend some time with this DAC
. There's nothing like it on the market today. In addition, those interested in hearing DSD
files converted to high resolution PCM
can do so in the MIT room through the Alpha DAC
RS one main system or a headphone based system. The Bay Area is the place to be and I hope the California Audio Show, now in its fifth year, will prove to be a fun time for all attendees.
One other quick note before I go. I've been living with the Devialet
200 for a few months and have thoroughly enjoyed this revolutionary component. When the Devialet first arrived is was a model 170. Around the time of the Munich High End show Devialet release a software upgrade that turned the 170 into a model 200. There was no charge to Devialet customers for this update. About one week ago I received another Devialet 200 slave unit. Connecting the two units turns the components into a Devialet 400 monoblock system with half the distortion, but double the power (not double the price). Due to current system constraints (a full Linn active system is currently installed in my listening room) I haven't been able to test the 400 monos with my TAD CR1 loudspeakers. Devialet recently added the CR1s to its list of SAM capable loudspeakers. I can't wait to give this full Devialet / SAM system a full workout. Thus far I really like what I've heard and the simplicity can't be beat. However, just as nice is the ability to configure the unit online and download the configuration to an SD card to insertion into the Devialet component. Computer Audiophiles have been updating configs and reconfiguring things online for years. It's about time we can configure our HiFi online.
Toward the end of September I will visit Devialet in Paris and Normandy, France. I'm looking forward to learning more about the product and to see Devialet's state of the art manufacturing facility. Shortly after I return from my visit to France I will publish the complete Devialet 200 / 400 review. I'm excited and I hope the CA
community is excited as well.