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ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

Stereo power amplifier

Item # 970DPA2

Unlike conventional amplifiers with this level of power and sound quality, the DPA-2 is compact and cool-running.

Unlike conventional amplifiers with this level of power and sound quality, the DPA-2 is compact and cool-running.

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About the ELAC Alchemy Series DPA-2

Clean power in a slim package

Most high-powered amplifiers I've used are big and heavy, and run hot. So I was pleasantly surprised by the DPA-2's slim, lightweight chassis and cool-running composure. ELAC's Alchemy Series is setting a new standard for value in high-end audio components, and the DPA-2 is "Exhibit A."

Clean power in a slim package

Most high-powered amplifiers I've used are big and heavy, and run hot. So I was pleasantly surprised by the DPA-2's slim, lightweight chassis and cool-running composure. ELAC's Alchemy Series is setting a new standard for value in high-end audio components, and the DPA-2 is "Exhibit A."

When ELAC visited Crutchfield recently, we got to hear the Alchemy DPA-2 driving a pair of the company's Carina BS243.4 bookshelf speakers. The speakers are excellent, and the DPA-2's authoritative power held our large training room in a firm grip. The amp was also responsible for much of the wide, deep soundstage and taut bass we heard.

The DPA-2's pure analog input stage preserves all the detail and nuance of the most delicate music passages, while the Class D output stage with switching power supply produces dynamics that will grab you. Power output is rated at 210 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and 325 watts into 4 ohms. That's plenty of juice for even large, power-hungry floor-standing speakers.

A flexible solution for a variety of systems

For most audiophiles, the DPA-2's power output in stereo will be more than enough. But for those needing ultra-high-power amplification, the DPA-2 can deliver an impressive 625 watts in bridged mono mode! 

The DPA-2 is a perfect match, both sonically and visually, for the companion ELAC Alchemy Series DDP-2 preamp/DAC. Some other stereo preamps may not supply a strong enough signal level to make full use of the DPA-2's prodigious power, but don't worry. For those cases, this amp includes a high/low gain switch for better system matching.

ELAC and Alchemy, making beautiful music together

The Alchemy Series' chief electronics designer is Peter Madnick, who has been creating innovative high-end audio components since founding Audio Alchemy in the late '80s. Known for its high-performance, high-value analog and digital gear, Audio Alchemy was acquired by ELAC in 2016. 

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Product highlights:

    Features:
    • stereo mode: 210 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms, 325 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms for compatibility with even difficult-to-drive speakers
    • mono mode: 625 watts into 8 ohms, 420 watts into 4 ohms
    • fully balanced design from input to output
    • analog, fully discrete FET input stage with DC servo-controlled output stage
    • toroidal transformer and linear power supply for analog input stage
    • high-efficiency, low-noise switching power supply for Class D output stage
    • selectable high/low gain (+6dB) to match any preamplifier
    • front-panel LCD with bar graph power output display (defeatable)
    Connections:
    • stereo balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs
    • 5-way binding post speaker terminals accept bare wire, banana plugs, and spade lugs
    • 12V trigger in/out for powering the amp on and off from another device
    • detachable power cord
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