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ELAC - DDP-2 Alchemy Digital Decoding Preamplifier/DAC/Streamer


  • $ 3,09998

ELAC DDP-2 Alchemy Digital Decoding Preamplifier/DAC/Streamer

Flexible Preamplifier/DAC/Streamer Offers Stellar Sound and Class-Leading Value: Compact ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 Plays DSD x4 and 768kHz PCM, Decodes MQA, Offers Configurable Upsampling

Prominent designer Peter Madnick has teamed up with ELAC to offer a synergy of enormous value, cutting-edge technology, smart topology, and solid manufacturing destined to set the high-end audio ablaze with the new Alchemy Series. Witness the Alchemy DDP-2 preamplifier/DAC/streamer, a captivating three-in-one device that delivers riveting sound, sensational clarity, enormous flexibility, and stunning all-around performance backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to satisfy any listener that comes within earshot.

Able to to play up to ultra-high-resolution 768kHz PCM, DSD x4, and MQA files – and offering configurable upsampling to 384kHz – DDP-2 features cutting-edge digital processing and Madnick's hallmark jitter control. And you won't need to go far to access Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, or Apple AirPlay – they're all here, along with Wi-Fi and Ethernet streaming inputs. DDP-2 also serves as a Roon endpoint.

Most importantly, you'll hear your music take on coveted analog-like properties that make it more involving, incredibly lifelike, finitely detailed, and endlessly enjoyable. Augmented with SHARC DSP power that can run Alchemy resolution enhancement and digital filters at all DAC sample rates, DDP-2 produces smooth tones, velvety textures, warm character, and rich responsiveness.

Housed in a sleek chassis (2 x 17.5 x 15 inches, HWD) and driven by a super-low-noise toroidal transformer, DDP-2 is built like a champion inside and out. On the digital end, two balanced DACs complement a dual-core ARM Linux engine, high-efficiency switching power supply, and galvanically isolated transformer.

For the linear power supply-equipped analog stages, a discrete all-FET input/output stage, discrete FET DC-coupled output buffer stage, passive rate-dependent L-C anti-aliasing filters, a resistive-ladder analog volume control, and hermetically sealed relays for precise signal routing attest to DDP-2's sonic brilliance. Six digital inputs (including HDMI and USB), a pair of analog inputs (single-ended or balanced), fixed and variable output, a home-theater bypass mode, and a 12V trigger control with pass-through accommodate practically any connectivity need. Lest we forget, there's even a first-rate headphone amplifier.

"[The] DDP-2 is full featured, has three methods of navigating the product setup and input selection, offers two different I2S inputs, handles input as a Roon Ready device unique among DACs, keeps analog signals analog at all times as they traverses its circuitry, and a host of other items with which to compare it to the competition. Not only that but, its sound quality is equivalent to its feature set, design and implementation. Great all around."

– The Computer Audiophile, Audiophile Style


Dual 32 bit/384 kHz DAC operating in digitally balanced mode
Custom-selectable DSP filter profiles
Configurable up-sampling to 384 kHz
Selectable resolution enhancement upgrades 16 bit to 24 bit, and 24 bit to 32bit
DSD up to 4X
Ultra-low phase noise Phase-Locked Loop jitter filter
MQA capable
Discovery, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Roon endpoint
High-efficiency switching power supply for digital stages
Home theater bypass mode
Fully discrete FET, with DC servo-control
Ultra-low-noise DC voltage regulators
Digitally controlled analog volume control
Toroidal transformer and linear power supply for analog stages
Ethernet port for software updates, command and control
12 V trigger with pass-through
IR control and learning
OLED Display for clear user information
iOS and Android app configuration


Digital Inputs: USB, (2) Coaxial, (2) Optical, AES/EBU, (2) I2S (Alchemy & HDMI)
Streaming Inputs: Ethernet, Bluetooth, WIFI
Supported Services: PCM, DSD, DoP, ROON endpoint, Spotify Connect, AirPlay option, MQA capable
Frequency Response (Digital): 10hz-20khz +/- 0.2dB
Nominal THD+N (digital): <0.01%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (1 kHz) (Digital): >110dB
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48. 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384KHz
Output Voltage (Digital): 7.0V RMS @0dBFs
Analog Inputs:
1 x XLR Balanced
2 x RCA Unbalanced
Input Impedance:
RCA: 18K
XLR: 36K
Frequency Response (Analog): 10hz-20khz +/- 0.2dB
Nominal THD+N (Analog): <0.001%
Signal-To-Noise Ratio (1 kHz) (Analog): >110dB
Output Voltage (Analog): >10.0V RMS
Crosstalk (L-to-R or R-to-L):
>110dB 10-1K
>80dB 1K-20K
Gain: 12dB (Input Dependent)
Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
Analog Outputs:
XLR Balanced
RCA Unbalanced (Fixed Gain)
RCA Unbalanced (Variable)
Dimensions (HWD): 2.0" x 17.5" x 15.0"
Net Weight: 14.0 lbs.

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