A highly cost-effective option - Audio Alchemy DDP-1 decoder-preamplifier-headphone amplifier in one package
The success of Audio Alchemy products lies in their power supply purity, outstanding circuit design and high cost-effectiveness, which becomes the aim of their presence in the industry. Whether as a decoder, preamplifier or headphone amplifier, the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 delivers its best. It also offers an optional outboard power supply as an upgrade for demanding users to achieve high-end sonic performance. Nevertheless, Audio Alchemy keeps the price level moderate, thus putting high performance-to-price ratio into practice. Ever since its revival, the technology owned by this company has not fallen behind and is still able to offer first-rate consumer products.
The inherent weaknesses of D/A converters lie in jitter induced distortions. Lots have been done in the DDP-1 to reduce these errors for exceptional sound quality. There is no apparent difference between the DDP-1 and high quality CD players. The former offers high frequency transparency, good bass extension, pinpoint imaging, mid-bass charm, breathing of vocalists, good airiness and overtones that few products within its price range can accomplish.
Product Audio Alchemy DDP-1
Recommended by Ed Selley
The Zero+ is an unsuspended, belt-drive design that is in AnalogueWorks' own words a combination of "best engineering practices, common sense, careful listening and a marriage of materials".
..... It is a genuinely quiet turntable. Mechanical noise is almost completely absent and this contributes to a low noise floor on the deck itself......
There is a clear perception of the space on the stage and mass of the audience in front of it, which combines to give a fine sense of realism to the performance...... There is a sense of life to voices that makes any recording a pleasure to listen to.
AnalogueWorks has been clever in putting the Zero+ together and has avoided particularly radical design aspects and exotic components. Instead it has focused on using the best materials it can get its hands on and sound engineering practice to deliver a turntable that is handsome, beautifully made and capable across a variety of music.....
Hi-Fi Choice Verdict
Sound Quality: ★★★★★
Value for Monly: ★★★★☆
Bultd Quality: ★★★★★
Remark: ★★★★☆ = four and a half stars
Product AnalogueWorks Turntable Zero
Bryston is Canada’s largest independent manufacturer of high-end audio electronics. They were founded in 1962 and cater for both the consumer and professional markets. Bryston products are extensively tested and monitored before they are shipped and all products are guaranteed perfect before shipment. They back this with an unparalleled 20 year parts and labour warranty! It really takes a lot of confidence in a product to put 20 years on it.
Not only can the amp produce all the bass weight and depth that you would expect, but it’s also capable of delivering bass that has detail, tone and texture in surprising amounts.It certainly brought a smile to my face.
The bass line is fast, solid, tuneful and deep and is in perfect harmony with the voices and the rest of the music.
It has more than adequate levels of power reserves as well as at the same time, being capable of real finesse, transparency, detail and an immense sound stage at all volume settings. It is not exactly cheap, but I do consider it to be good value, especially when you consider the build quality and the unheard of 20 year factory warranty. The Bryston 14BSST² is a winner on all counts and is heartily recommended.
Without hesitation we brand the Bryston 14BSST² with an ‘Amplifier of the Year - (Over $10K RRP) Contender' stamp, the outcome to be announced later in 2016.
reviewed by Michel Leroux
The speakers are designed and manufactured in Ontario by Bryston in collaboration with Axiom Audio, who build the drivers according to Bryston's specifications. The detailed requirements and specifications for the A2 demonstrate Bryston's meticulous attention to detail and their firm intention to build world-class reference monitors.
Two drivers are better than one.
Power handling is a key design feature of Bryston's speakers. The company requires that all of its models, from the T series to the A1 and A2, be able to easily accommodate substantial power without dynamic compression. Bryston's solution is to provide two drivers in parallel per frequency band so that the system can play louder with less effort than a single driver. The goal, according to Bryston, is greater clarity and sound transparency.
Through the Bryston Model A2, listening is downright enjoyable both in tonal balance and depth of bass extension. Midrange articulation is spot on while high frequencies are finely rendered. Instruments are clearly delineated and distinct from each other and it is easy to clearly follow each musician's playing.
The benefits of using dual drivers per frequency band are noticeable, as there is no loss of dynamics or impact. Clear and non-fatiguing, even over long listening periods, music flow with ease and power from these speakers.
At a realistic volume level, the Bryston A2s show their mettle, revealing their ability to keep the listener in suspense and immerse him actively in the experience of the sound and the music.
To produce such a musically competent speaker for such a modest asking price is quite a feat. The Bryston A2s sound like and play music like speakers costing double or almost triple their price. Amazing!
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