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Absolute DAC

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Absolute DAC

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Proprietary Triple Distillation USB input: Noise Elimination

Conceived and designed in-house, the Ideon Audio Triple Distillation USB input comprises a proprietary three-stage noise eradication circuit that eliminates digital noise from the input signal.

Figuratively speaking, we have declared war on linear & non-linear distortion and noise!

Clock Oscillators: Getting the Music in Phase

The Absolute uses three top-of-the-line femto ultra-low jitter and ultra-low phase noise clocks in a no-compromise architecture; precision and resulting phase fidelity of the signal is ensured.

Each clock has its own dedicated power line.

The Quad Analog Output Principle

The in-house deigned, Absolute DAC’s balanced output has four analogue output channels, no capacitors in the signal path and dedicated power supplies.

The output energy and strength can virtually drive any load!

Absolute choice, sounds at least 10 years into the future

The Absolute’s control board is fully isolated from anything else operating in the device. It has its own power supply line and discrete circuit.

Please note the transformer used to power the Absolute’s microcontroller & display: what we use for this light task, it is found used as the main power transformer in many well-known ultra-high grade devices!

What makes the Absolute your DAC of final choice well into future, is the absolute quality of sound whichever the format you are listening to.

It is supremely revelatory, intense, and relaxing; it excites, enthuses, and comforts, all in one: in the words of one reviewer, the Absolute “plays gorgeous music”.

You are consistently transported you to the encoded musical event!

Iodeon Absolute DAC
Iodeon Absolute DAC

The Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 contains breakthrough technology that redefines the potential of digital audio quality. Experienced industry listeners who have heard the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 are unanimous in their praise, saying that the Reference Series 3 clearly outperforms any other DAC they have heard, including those with six figure retail prices, and even the much admired DAC portion of the Pacific Microsonics Model 2 studio ADC/DAC. In addition to its unprecedented PCM audio quality, the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 also features MQA Rendering of unequaled audio quality.

Manufacturing each Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 to its full performance potential required development of a new hyper-accurate test and alignment procedure that is unique in the industry. This new test and alignment procedure allows extremely precise and repeatable production of the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3.

The original Alpha DAC Reference Series was a breakthrough product that reduced noise, particularly in the time domain, to levels significantly lower than any audio D to A converter previously available. The result was an immediacy and presence of music reproduction that was closer to the microphone feed than ever before. The unprecedented resolution of the original Alpha DAC Reference Series allowed and demanded further development and perfection of digital algorithms and analog circuitry that otherwise would not have been possible.

Now, the unmatched time domain resolution, low noise digital processing and highly accurate analog circuitry of the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 combine to provide unprecedented audio quality with all PCM and MQA recordings.

Supported Formats (INPUT DEPENDENT): 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 32 bits , Native DSD (up to 8X DSD)
Digital Inputs: 3x Advanced isolated input module slots (USB, XLR, RCA)
XLR Balanced Outputs: 9Vrms at 0dB
RCA Outputs: RCA OUTPUTS  4.5Vrms at 0dB
THD (A WEIGHTED 20HZ-20KHZ): < – 120dB on all outputs CHANNEL SEPARATION >130dB on all outputs
SNR (A WEIGHTED 20HZ-20KHZ): >130dB on all outputs
Dynamic Range: 20HZ TO 20KHZ 147 dB (FS) . 145 dB (AFS)
Display: Custom discrete LED audio clock synchronous display
Dimensions (W X H X D): 490 x 350 x 110 mm (19.2 x 13.7 x 4.3 in).
Weight: 28kg (~65 lbs)​