Reviews of Audio Alchemy products

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Power Amplifier of the Year ... Preamplifier of the Year” DPA-1 power amp and DDP-1 preamp/DAC
— Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound

"Product of the Year Awards," The Absolute Sound, January 2017

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So the PPA-1 is in a system that’s way out of its price league but had I not known how much it cost, especially given the snazzy casework, I’d have figured probably double the price.”
— Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
40 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio,” DDP-1 preamp/DAC and DPA-1 power amp
— The Absolute Sound
In fact, had I been told that I was listening to a high-power class-AB amplifier—the kind that would require the help of a friend to lift it—I would have had no reason to doubt the truth of that statement.”
— Robert Deutsch, Stereophile
...the DPA-1M monoblocks deliver music in a manner that’s both beautifully detailed and
at the same time entirely ‘non-mechanical’—
there’s an organic feel to the sound here that’s entirely at odds with a common misconception of Class D as being rather gritty and hard-edged.”
— Andrew Everhard, Hi-Fi News and Record Review

"Audio Alchemy DPA-1M," Hi-Fi News and Record Review, August 2016

We’ve all used clichés like ‘punches above
its weight’ or ‘giant killer’ a lot in audio, but these terms are richly deserved here. This range is so exciting, so intrinsically ‘right’ sounding, and so much damn fun you can’t help but
like it a lot.”
— Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+
The DDP-1 and DPA-1 bring terrific sound and stunning value to the category. As a linestage, the DDP-1 is amazingly clean and transparent ... The DDP-1’s DAC section is simply sensational; this level of sound quality would be outstanding in a $4000 stand-alone DAC ... Moreover, the amplifiers possess the same level of clarity and resolution as the DDP-1.”
— Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
The preamp, on which I concentrated especially on the digital part during this review, is a real treat, especially in combination with the additional power supply ... brings more rest and spaciousness, power and dynamics.
— Max Delissen, Music Emotion (Netherlands)
This phono EQ proves itself as delivering vivid and intense performance just like the original brand in its prime, having a highly ambitious concept of design.”
— Tadashi Yamanouchi, Analog (Japan)

"Audio Alchemy PPA-1 Review," Analog, Summer 2016

“The DDP-1 embodies a dream for next-generation high-end audio in a small-sized and high-quality casework... The DPA-1 is a beautiful small-sized device that distinguishes itself from many other heavy-duty high-end devices while it has a strikingly appealing sound beyond its class, and its massive output power is noteworthy.”

"Audio Alchemy DDP-1 / DPA-1 Review," Stereo magazine (Japan), May 5, 2016

The Audio Alchemy DDP-1 and PS-5 sonically reproduced a great musical experience in my listening room. 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
If Audio Alchemy’s design team was seeking that elusive ‘analogue feel’ for the sound of its DAC/preamp then it’s certainly hit the mark ... tremendous value for listeners seeking fine audio on a sensible budget.”
— John Bamford, Hi-Fi News & Record Review (U.K.)

"Audio Alchemy DDP-1/PS-5," Hi-Fi News & Record Review, January 2016

For me, the DDP-1 is the perfect solution for a system driving high-end active speakers. It’s small, attractive, ergonomic and flexible. Most importantly, it delivers excellent sound quality with a tonal balance, depth of engagement and detail retrieval that places it firmly in the high end camp.”
— Alistair McKeough, StereoNet (Australia)
[The DPP-1] has real virtues in terms of sound fun, a great ability to make the message alive, present and materialized, and finally, a range of features rich enough to allow it to please a wide range of music lovers.”
— Pierre Fontaine & Laurent Therin, VUMetre
[The DDP-1] is natural and expansive sound for listening to pop music, to classical music audiophile CD, all rise to the occasion, outstanding ... It really is indescribably good enough.”
— Guoren, FeverSound (Hong Kong)

"Real DAC-Pre," FeverSound, October 13, 2005

[The DDP-1] is the first DAC I’ve tried in a while whose sound has been my favorite, easily recognizable and preferred over others, each time I’ve compared: extraordinary, totally recommended.”
— Josep Armengol, HiFiLive Magazine (Spain)

"Audio Alchemy DDP-1 + PS-5," HiFiLive Magazine, October 14, 2015