Ask Spectral. I'm sure they are very familiar with the Alpha DAC.
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Robert Harley, in his review of the Berkeley Alpha DAC, connected it directly to the Spectral DMA-360 amps, with MIT Oracle MA interconnects, driving Wilson X2 Seies 2 speakers. Here's a link to the online version of the review: http://www.avguide.com/review/berkeley-audio-design-alpha-dac
i did post a message in his system setup area after i read your comment above, thanks. your suggestion would have been a more appropriate forum but that was the only one i found at the time. if nothing else, i found a new resource. i never really read through that site and there is quite a bit of good stuff.
This is a link to Reference Recordings Berkeley Dac to Spectral DMA-180 direct.
As a Former BADA DAC owner you can run the Berekely direct with a Spectral amp. A universal Spectral amp is preferred but not necessary. For safe operation Spectral recommends MIT SPK. As I stated in another Spectral thread the DMA-180 is not compatible with the standard MIT Oracle cables. The amp may have oscilation issue. Mit 850EVO REF SPK,was the last generation cable used with the DMA-180 series 2.
that is fascinating lawrence. i am getting so much conflicting information as i research this. there is a post on the a/v guide forum that says berkeley uses spectral amps in their voicing, not sure if it is true but i would not be surprised at all given the relationship. then of course i also just got another firm suggestion not to do this from a tech at goodwins . he had discussed it with spectrals tech and, of course, was told sternly...do not do it.
what the heck!!!
> that is fascinating lawrence. i am getting so much conflicting information as i research this. there is a post on the a/v guide forum that says berkeley uses spectral amps in their voicing, not sure if it is true
Yes, it is true - I have talked to them. The question is, do they use a preamp. Let me just simply say that, what you are asking to do, probably everyone does it and don't admit it; Harley did it and he is one of the few ones brave enough to say so... Guess what I do...
I do not know how to call this?
There's no problem to connect a Alpha dac or any other dac with volume control (like dCS etc) in any amplifier.
Also for cables there are many times better cables out there than MIT.
This "obligatory" tactics are b.s.
The only thing is if you like what you hear or not.
I have a friend with full Spectral system and a dCS puccini player, when he connects his player directly he cries about the money spent on preamp.
There is no difference sonicwise.