Audio Alchemy: They're Back!

Peter Madnick, who sports the best head of white hair in the business, has brought back his Audio Alchemy line of gear. You may recall seeing Peter's name associated with Constellation Audio where he also works his engineering prowess but Audio Alchemy, and their price/performance ratio, always held a warm spot in my audiophile heart. Based on what I heard at RMAF 2015, well, in Whoville they say - that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day.

The other Alchemy at work was the company's chosen pairings; here in room 9004 they paired their DDP-1 Digital Decoding Preamp ($1,995), PS-5 Power Station ($595), and DPA-1M Digital Power Mono Amplifiers ($1,995/ea.) with a pair of Wilson Audio Sabrina speakers ($29,990) while down in room 2020, the Alchemy gear drove the, man, that's just crazy!, ELAC F5s ($279/ea.). Smart, no?

The DDP-1 preamp/DAC/Headphone amp sports 7 digit inputs and 3 analog inputs. The dual AKM DACs support up 32-bit/216kHz PCM and DSD64 and there are four digital filter profiles to choose from to better meet your analog ear's needs. Pairs of RCAs and XLRs carry the analog signal to your amp of choice.

that's the Stromtank's creator, Wolfgang Meletzky

That's the made in Germany stroMtank (@$30,000), a high-power lithium-iron-phosphate LiFePo4-cells state-of-the-art battery pack that can keep this particular rig running for two days before flipping into re-charge mode. Storage capacity: 5000 Wh. Top Performance: > 4000 W.