Berkeley Audio, Golf Balls and Bricks

The Serious Stereo room (see Herb Reichert's coverage on Stereophile) was using the elusive (at least in terms of an AudioStream review) highly praised Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC Series 2 ($4,995)/Alpha USB ($1,895) combo with some Serious down-home sound enhancement devices.

This kind of system, high efficiency big-ass Altec alnico based speakers driven by single-ended triodes, can light my fire. There was someone sitting in front of me in the Serious Stereo room, the guy with the coffee cup, and he looked as if he was having what should otherwise be a very private ecstatic moment.