Audio Alchemy

Audio Alchemy

Audio Alchemy was a high fidelity audio equipment manufacturer based in California, USA. It produced many lines of relatively affordable audio products, including CD players, transports, digital audio processors, and amplifiers. They have since gone out of business, the primary engineers moving on to found Channel Islands Audio and Perpetual Technologies. Audio Alchemy products made innovative use of the I²S audio interface, usually reserved for the internal connection between the CD transport and DAC of a CD player. Audio Alchemy brought the interface out to a DIN connector, allowing a very low jitter connection between the CD transport and external DAC. Perpetual Technologies and Camelot Technology also produce products that use the I²S interface.

Acronyms used in Audio Alchemy products

*DDE - Digital Decoding Engine, a digital to analogue converter
*DDS - Digital Drive System, a transport
*DTI - Digital Transmission Interface, a digital to digital processor

Product history

CD transports

*DDS 1.0 (Sony drive based three blocks transport)
*DDS 2.0 (aka DDS II Sony drive based transport)
*DDS 3.0 (aka DDS III Sony drive based transport)
*DDS Pro (Pioneer Stable Platter drive based two blocks transport)

CD players

*ACD Pro (Pioneer Stable Platter drive based player)

Digital processors

*DDE 1.0
*DDE 1.1
*DDE 1.2 - 20-bit, HDCD, TOSLink/BNC/XLR/I2s inputs (similar to DDE 3.0)
*DDE 2.0 - TOSLink/3xBNC inputs
*DDE 3.0 - 20-bit, HDCD, TOSLink/BNC/I2s inputs (optional dithering and remote control processor)
*DTI 1.0 - a jitter reducing processor
*DTI 2.0 - a jitter reducing processor
*DTI Pro - a jitter reducing processor
*DTI Pro32 - a jitter reducing and dithering processor
*DTI+ - a jitter reducing processor
*UltraDAC - Combination of a DTI and DAC-In-The-Box (DITB) in one chassis
*DAC-In-The-Box - an inexpensive DAC
*Dac*Man - an inexpensive DAC with integrated analog audio cables
*EDI - Extended Digital Interface, an BNC in - I2S out jitter reducing processor
*XDP - Extended Digital Processor, an I2S input DAC


*DLC - Digital Line Controller, a remote-controlled preamplifier
*LIS - Line Input Selector, tape loop and input/output expander for the DLC
*Vac-In-The-Box - A dedicated MM/MC phono preamplifier


*OM150 - 150Wpc (into 8 ohms) solid state stereo amplifier, Class A up to 20W
*OM90.1 - 90W (into 8 ohms), 160W (into 4 ohms) amplifier, Class A at 8 ohms and 4 ohms


- Devices
*HPA 1.0 - HeadPhone Amplifier, a dedicated headphone amplifier
*RW-1 - Remote Wand, an optional (DDE 3.0) or standard (DLC) remote control for Audio Alchemy gear
*VRE 1.0 - Visual Reality Engine, a composite to SVHS external comb filter- Power
*Power Station One - a high-current dual-output power supply
*Power Station Two - an upgraded power supply that can power three separate Audio Alchemy products
*Power Station Three - an upgraded power supply that can supply two separate Audio Alchemy products
*Power Station Four - a high-current dual-output power supply
*Power Station Five - a high-current power supply for DDE 1.2
*PSU 150M - an optional power supply for use an OM150 amplifier in dual mono 200W per channel mode- Cables
*ClearLink - an interconnect cable
*ClearStream - an interconnect cable with built-in RF suppression circuit
*CleasStream Digital - a coaxial digital cable with built-in RF suppression circuit
*DST 1.0 - Data Stream Transceiver, an active digital cable with TOS/BNC input and BNC out- Other
*ClearBit - an antistatic and optical enhancer fluid for your CDs
*IsoPuck - an antiresonance feet for audio equipment


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