Audio by Van Alstine Announces Multi-Format DAC with Pristine Sound

Digital-to-analog converters
Audio by Van Alstine Announces Multi-Format DAC with Pristine Sound

The following is a press release issued by Audio by Van Alstine.

Woodbury, Minnesota | March 17, 2017 - Audio enthusiasts are delighting that audio legend, Audio by Van Alstine, has released its next chapter in the pursuit of uncompromised digital audio, the DAC MK 5.

The AVA DAC MK 5 is a multi-format digital to analog converter designed for unprecedented accuracy and musicality. Based on the renowned AKM AK4490EQ D/A converter device, AVA's implementation uses optimized, independent, active voltage references for the highest conversion accuracy. Analog processing is handled by discrete solid-state class A circuits. These incredibly linear and musical circuits present the kind of transparent highs and liquid mids you’ve come to expect from the best tube circuits combined with the solid bottom that you've come to expect from the best solid state.

Company president Frank Van Alstine states, "With the DAC MK 5, we have significantly raised the bar regarding what you can expect from digital audio playback. What's also notable with the DAC MK 5 is the absence of clicks, pops and other drama when switching between formats, even to and from DSD. It’s an absolute pleasure to listen to and to use."

The DAC MK 5 seamlessly supports PCM data streams up to and including 192kHz as well as DSD64 and DSD128 formats. Sample rate and format information are displayed using elegant front panel indicators. It has a total of five inputs: two coax S/PDIF, two optical S/PDIF, and one USB input.

This brings the total number of components released in the last year in AVA's ultra-high-end at rational prices series to three. The hybrid DVA 850 Mono Block Amplifier was released to much acclaim at Axpona last year, and the solid state four-channel/stereo configurable DVA 4/2 power amplifier was released earlier this month. The Transcendence 10 RB, an affordable, minimalist tube preamplifier, was also released at Axpona.

To learn more about the AVA DAC MK-5, contact Frank at 1 (651) 330-9871, email, or visit the website at

About Audio by Van Alstine, LLC
Audio by Van Alstine has been offering luxury sound at affordable prices for over forty years. Audio by Van Alstine equipment is designed and made with quality and care in the U.S.A. All clients get AVA’s ongoing expert consultation and guidance. For more information visit

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