Berkeley Audio Design
Berkeley Audio Design, LLC was founded by three alumni of Pacific Microsonics, Inc., developer of the HDCD process and the Pacific Microsonics Model One and Model Two, widely considered to be the highest quality professional ADC and DAC ever produced.
Michael “Pflash” Pflaumer, co-founder of Pacific Microsonics and co-inventor of the HDCD process, produced all of the digital algorithms used in the Model One and Two.
Michael Ritter, co-founder and business leader of Pacific Microsonics, has extensive experience in audio engineering, facilities design and product development.
René Jaeger, prior to his work at Pacific Microsonics, pioneered audio designs at many firms including Lexicon, DBX and Grass Valley Group.
In the process of developing the Model One and Two they became familiar with the amazing fidelity of Model One and Two master recordings, especially 24-bit recordings made at the Model Two’s native sampling rates of 176.4kHz and 192kHz.
They realized that few outside of Model One and Two users in the recording industry would ever hear music reproduced with that level of detail, ease and verisimilitude – a level of fidelity they felt was “closer to the microphone feed” than even first generation open-reel analog tapes. To their ears it was a new paradigm of audio fidelity.
Berkeley Audio Design was formed with the goal of making that level of fidelity available to music lovers and audiophiles everywhere.
The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC and the new Alpha USB represent two major achievements towards that goal.
High resolution 88.2kHz to 192kHz, non-DRM recordings are now available on optical disk and by download from labels such as Reference Recordings’ HRx and others that are identical to the original 24-bit masters.Visit Manufacturer
The Alpha USB
The Alpha USB is an asynchronous High Speed USB to digital audio interface that extracts the highest possible audio quality from computer audio sources. Read More
The Alpha Dac Series 2
The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC is perhaps the finest and most versatile DAC available at any price in the high-end marketplace today. If you are considering the purchase of an outboard Digital to Analog Converter, the Alpha DAC should be at the top of your list! Read More