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AUDIO ALCHEMY - DDP-1 Preamp/DAC/Headphone Amp


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Analog-Like Sound, Cutting-Edge DSP, Outstanding Jitter Control, Instant 8-Bit Resolution Enhancement: Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier/DAC/Headphone Amp a Price-to-Performance Breakthrough

Audio Alchemy and noted designer Peter Madnick return to the high-end industry in grand fashion with the critically acclaimed DDP-1 preamplifier/DAC/headphone amplifier, a flagship component that puts similarly priced products out to pasture. A three-in-one device that delivers riveting sound, sensational clarity, enormous flexibility, and stunning all-around performance, DDP-1 features cutting-edge digital processing and Audio Alchemy's hallmark jitter control. You'll hear your music take on coveted analog-like properties that make it more involving, incredibly lifelike, finitely detailed, and endlessly enjoyable. Augmented with dual digital-signal processors, the U.S.A.-made DDP-1 produces smooth tones, velvety textures, warm character, and rich responsiveness. Able to to play PCM and DSD, DDP-1 instantly enhances 16-bit files to 24-bit resolution and 24-bit signals to 32-bit. A powerful headphone amplifier – strong enough to be a standalone product – gives you another reason to use DDP-1 both on your desktop and in your system. Audio Alchemy's optional balanced power supply, the PS-5 Power Station, means you can further boost DDP-1's overall performance now – or anytime in the future. Our 100% Money-Back Guarantee ensures you have total peace of mind.

"The DDP-1's DAC section is simply sensational; this level of sound quality would be outstanding in a $4,000 standalone DAC."
– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound

Housed in an ergonomic machined-aluminum chassis, DDP-1 is built like a champion inside and out. Two 32-bit/216kHz PCM/DSD AKM DACs and a proprietary DAC configuration that raises the dynamic range of signals by 8 bits do the heavy lifting. Seven digital inputs accommodate a bevy of music players, computers, and media devices. An analog section includes discrete FET driver and output stages. A high-precision Alps volume control, XLR and RCA inputs, a USB connector for effortless firmware updates, and a compact form factor round out a design that has won rave reviews from The Absolute Sound, Computer Audiophile, Hi-Fi News, Stereo (Japan), and many other international press outlets. Hear it for yourself and find out what all the buzz is about.

"High frequencies in particular appeared free of edge and grain, combined with a bold and rounded midrange that seemed to reinforce the body and substance of almost every instrument and performer from every genre of music I played."
Hi-Fi News, Highly Commended review

"Recreating the delicacy of female vocals, the dirt of southern rock guitar, and delivering the emotion of my favorite heartfelt music, the DDP-1 and PS-5 ascended to the top of their respective product categories."
– Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile, Suggested Hardware review

"This range is so exciting, so intrinsically ‘right’ sounding, and so much damn fun you can’t help but like it a lot. And something this right helps legitimize Class D in the minds of skeptical audiophiles who have been told if it isn’t hot and heavy, it isn’t any good. In short, the Audio Alchemy components are all true high-end equipment that just forgot to be heavy and expensive. Very highly recommended!"
—Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+ (Audio Alchemy DDP-1 and DPA-1)

"The DDP-1 embodies a dream for next-generation high-end audio in a small-sized and high-quality casework..."

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Frequency response:
   ±0.05 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
   ±0.1 dB, 10 Hz to 80 kHz
Nominal THD+N (1 volt):
   <0.001% at 10 volts output from analog input
   0.009% at 7 volts from XLR output, 3.5 volts from RCA output
SNR (1 kHz): 103 dB unweighted
Headphone amp output: 1 watt at 32 Ω
Input sampling rate:
   32-bit/216-kilohertz on PCM
   2.82 Mbps (DSD64) on DSD
Input impedance: 50 kΩ
Output impedance: 75 Ω
Channel separation (1 kHz):
   -123 dB analog input
   -100 dB digital input
Analog Inputs: stereo XLR, 2 stereo RCA
Digital inputs: USB, AES/EBU, 2 RCA coaxial, 2 Toslink optical, I2S, auxiliary USB for firmware updates
Outputs: Stereo XLR and RCA, 1/4" headphone jack, 12-volt DC trigger
Digital filter profiles:
   Linear phase, fast roll-off
   Linear phase, slow roll-off
   Minimum phase, fast roll-off
   Minimum phase, slow roll-off (apodizing)
Dimensions: 3.0" x 10.5" x 11.6"
Weight: 8 lbs.

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