• 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.
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. realhifi's Avatar
      realhifi -
      Just curious if they are picking up the tab for you to go see them. Not a bad place to have an audio business!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by realhifi View Post
      Just curious if they are picking up the tab for you to go see them. Not a bad place to have an audio business!
      Yes, like most other manufacturer visits for me and other journalists.
    1. ErikM's Avatar
      ErikM -
      I'm so excited that I've just ordered a 200!
    1. firedog's Avatar
      firedog -
      Hi Chris-

      Push them to add some kind of DSD capability. They told me it is in their plans for the "future"....
    1. tube06's Avatar
      tube06 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ErikM View Post
      I'm so excited that I've just ordered a 200!
      I'm about to jettison my Jadis valve amp in order to replace it with a Devialet 200.
      Purrrfect for my Genesis panels.
    1. Youreye's Avatar
      Youreye -
      how does the SAM will affect the Dirac or will this make a difference...that would by my question. I was so hoping that they will implement some Room Correction in the device. It might still come?
    1. veindoc's Avatar
      veindoc -
      Hey Chris, as a CR-1 owner as well excited to hear they r now part of the SAM program. Which model do you think will work best as the cr-1 r not very efficient. Hope to see you at show.
      Nick
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by veindoc View Post
      Hey Chris, as a CR-1 owner as well excited to hear they r now part of the SAM program. Which model do you think will work best as the cr-1 r not very efficient. Hope to see you at show.
      Nick
      Hi Nick - Not sure which Devialet is best for the CR1, but will provide my opinion on the 200 / 400. Please say high if you pass me at the show.
    1. loop7's Avatar
      loop7 -
      I'm attending CAS Sunday and eager to hear the Alpha DAC. However, I'm always curious why the need to playback music at ear splitting volumes is the norm at these shows? Are vendors catering to those with hearing loss?
    1. Geardaddy's Avatar
      Geardaddy -
      With young rugrats running around the nest, the Devaliet seems like a dream. I look forward to hearing one....
    1. realhifi's Avatar
      realhifi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Geardaddy View Post
      With young rugrats running around the nest, the Devaliet seems like a dream. I look forward to hearing one....
      Every model I've heard has been fantastic. You will love one.
    1. freesteve's Avatar
      freesteve -
      anyone hear the new Berkley? I would appreciate your opinions. Thank you.
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      Holy Feynmann Diagrams, I had no idea I was reading the New York Times!
    1. joelha's Avatar
      joelha -
      Quote Originally Posted by RealAudio View Post
      Its a clear journalist ethics violation.

      From 29 "Staff members may not accept free or discounted transportation and lodging except where special circumstances give us little or no choice."

      http://bit.ly/1sRLKcV
      Let me take a crack at this.

      Chris has been open about the fact that he makes visits on the manufacturer's dime.
      He's not concealing the point.
      Moreover, as he says, it is standard practice in this industry . . . love it or not.
      This is a very small industry. If he and audio magazine reviewers had to rely on their own budgets to visit companies like Linn, DCS, and Aurender, I'll bet we wouldn't see nearly as many such articles.
      So that's our choice. We can read those articles knowing the circumstances under which they're written, or we can ask that they not be written in the name of journalistic ethics.
      I want to see these articles and I suspect I'm far from alone on that point.
      RealAudio, if you don't like the fact that Chris has his trips paid for, I'd suggest you not read the articles related to those trips.
      Joel
    1. freesteve's Avatar
      freesteve -
      Quote Originally Posted by joelha View Post
      Let me take a crack at this.

      Chris has been open about the fact that he makes visits on the manufacturer's dime.
      He's not concealing the point.
      Moreover, as he says, it is standard practice in this industry . . . love it or not.
      This is a very small industry. If he and audio magazine reviewers had to rely on their own budgets to visit companies like Linn, DCS, and Aurender, I'll bet we wouldn't see nearly as many such articles.
      So that's our choice. We can read those articles knowing the circumstances under which they're written, or we can ask that they not be written in the name of journalistic ethics.
      I want to see these articles and I suspect I'm far from alone on that point.
      RealAudio, if you don't like the fact that Chris has his trips paid for, I'd suggest you not read the articles related to those trips.
      Joel
      If you can't say something nice, then please keep your thoughts to yourself, OR, look into the mirror and just smile...]
    1. joelha's Avatar
      joelha -
      Quote Originally Posted by freesteve View Post
      If you can't say something nice, then please keep your thoughts to yourself, OR, look into the mirror and just smile...]
      And the not-nice thing I said was . . .
    1. freesteve's Avatar
      freesteve -
      Quote Originally Posted by joelha View Post
      And the not-nice thing I said was . . .
      perhaps this did not go to the correct source ... opps meant for that member who is always so negative...
    1. freesteve's Avatar
      freesteve -
      should have gone to realaudio...
    1. Lowreslife!'s Avatar
      Lowreslife! -
      Quote Originally Posted by freesteve View Post
      anyone hear the new Berkley? I would appreciate your opinions. Thank you.
      Yes, did anyone hear the new Berkeley?