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Sorry I can only give five stars

First off, I want to say I really LOVE this product. For me it excels in every area far beyond its price. The preamp section alone would be worth the cost. It's more transparent, truthful and neutral than any preamp I've heard for the money. Though the best feature has got to be the amazing DAC. It so clean and precise sounding. "Transparent" is the word that keeps coming to my mind. I think that's the word The Absolute Sound reviewer Robert Harley keeps using and he's right on the money. I would give this product ten stars, but the scale ends at five

- JP C, CA
 
Brilliant.

Positively brilliant DAC. Amazing transparency. Transforms even my 16-bit CDs.

- Paul R, GA
 
A revelation

After experimenting with several $3,000 to $5,000 DACs over the past year I finally settled on this $2,000 - $2,600 with the upgrade power supply - wonder by Audio Alchemy. You can read the glowing reviews - there are many - but they won't prepare you for what this DAC can deliver. On the best 24-bit recordings the Alchemy challenges my VPI reference analog system in soundstaging, depth, layering, speed and especially transparency. For best results use with a very high quality USB cable. A friend who used to work in the audio industry told me the designer, Peter Madnick, invested more in USB filtering because that's his preferred input. I haven't heard every sub-$5K DAC on the market, but this one bests everything I've heard here in NYC. Love it!

- Warren P, NY
 
Transformed my system

I've owned the Alchemy for two months now and I can say it was the biggest improvement EVER in my high-end system. The DDP1 transformed my system and changed my listening habits. I've spent many late nights revisiting CDs in my collection and listening to new hi-res music downloads to see what magic the 'Alchemy brews for me. Old CDs sound amazing and 24K files are unbelievably good. Two field notes: the PS5 makes are really big difference by reducing the system's background noise. It makes recordings sound smoother and more 3D. Cables make a big difference with the DDP1. I've long since retired my entry level AQ and Straightwire cables and have settled on the Pangea SE USB for now, but I'm still experimenting.

- BJ H, MA