Berkeley Audio Design, LLC was founded by alumni of Pacific Microsonics, Inc., developer of the HDCD process and the Pacific Microsonics Model One and Model Two, widely considered to be the highest quality professional ADC and DAC ever produced.
Michael “Pflash” Pflaumer, co-founder of Pacific Microsonics and co-inventor of the HDCD process, was co-architect/lead engineer and produced all of the digital algorithms for the Model One and Two.
Michael Ritter, co-founder and business leader of Pacific Microsonics, has extensive experience in audio engineering, facilities design and product development.
In the process of developing the Model One and Two they became familiar with the amazing fidelity of Model One and Two master recordings, especially 24-bit recordings made at the Model Two’s native sampling rates of 176.4kHz and 192kHz.
They realized that few outside of Model One and Two users in the recording industry would ever hear music reproduced with that level of detail, ease and verisimilitude - a level of fidelity they felt was “closer to the microphone feed” than even first generation open-reel analog tapes. To their ears it was a new paradigm of audio fidelity.
Berkeley Audio Design was formed with the goal of making that level of fidelity available to music lovers and audiophiles everywhere.
The new Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 2, the original Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series, the Alpha DAC Series 2 and the Alpha USB are major achievements towards that goal.
High resolution 88.2kHz to 192kHz, non-DRM recordings are available on optical disk and by download from labels such as Reference Recordings' HRx and others that are identical to the original 24-bit masters.