Alpha 3


The Alpha 3 takes all the best aspects of digital media storage, management and playback and consolidates all of these disciplines into one High-Fidelity Audio Server (HFAS) with a ton of built-in capabilities and future-proof hardware that will keep the music playing for years to come. As the audio world evolves, the Alpha 3 evolves with it, expanding its feature sets and growing with you.

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The Alpha 3 is the most powerful Alpha yet, completely redesigned with more than a half dozen critical improvements over the award-winning Alpha 2. The Alpha 3 is faster, more capable and even better sounding.  The Alpha 3 lets you take full advantage of your entire digital media collection, all available from one device. From MP3 to DSD, CD to Blu-Ray, the Alpha 3 is a state of the art ticket to an outstanding performance.

High Fidelity Audio Servers

Pick the system configuration that is right for you

HFAS – Wolf Audio System’s Alpha 3 starts here. Perfect for the two-channel enthusiast importing their CD collection and getting started with Hi-Res Audio, this server is far more than capable. The Alpha 3’s power will become readily apparent to those upgrading from a standard streamer or headless device. Hold on tight. Be prepared to be blown away by the system speed, track switching and almost instantaneous responsiveness.


HFAS+ – If you are going to be playing High Bit-Rate DSD or MultiChannel audio and installing other 3rd party apps to use with Media Center, Roon or Audirvana, the Alpha 3 HFAS+ is a great place to start. Higher RAM and a bigger system drive improve the speed of the Wolf and can cache bigger files for playback.


HFAS+ Apex – This HFAS+ Apex server configuration is for power users. High sample rate multi-channel audio? No problem. DSD512 and beyond? Easy. This is the fastest, most powerful version of this server. In five years, it will still be fast, and you’ll still be very happy. 12 Hyper-threaded CPU cores, 32GB RAM and 1TB of 3.5 Gigabytes per second system drive. Play DSD to multiple DACs at once while sending a movie to the living room and browsing the web with 100 open tabs. Or just sit back and listen to some FLAC files, knowing that you could do any of this when you need to.

Playback and Streaming


Digital Output Ultra Low Noise USB 2.0 supporting USB Audio Class 1, USB Audio Class 2 and DSD (Native & DoP)

SPDIF Section AES/EBU, BNC, TOSLink, Digital RCA (Optional Upgrade- Q4 2018)

HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4b


Ethernet & WiFi 2x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet – Network (Data & Audio)

802.11ac 867Mb/s WiFi + BT 4.2

USB 2x USB 3.0/2.0 (DAC), 6x USB 3.0 (Mass Storage) 1x USB Type C – (Mass Storage & Future Module Connectivity)
Video 1x HDMI 2.0a – HDCP 2.2 and HDR, 1x HDMI 1.4b (Multichannel Audio, Secondary Monitor), DisplayPort 1.4


Physical Disc Formats Red Book, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-A, BD-V
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-R, BD-A, BD-V
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC (zero compression), WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC, MQA
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, OGG, SHN, MP3, APE, APL, AC3, MPC, WMA, DSF, DFF, SACD, MQA


Sample Rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz. 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 768kHz

DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512 Native and DoP

Bit Depths 16bit, 24bit, 32bit


Physical Disc Formats Red Book CD, DVD-A, DVD-V, BD-A, BD-V
Disc Compatibility CD, CD-R, CD-RW
Audio format for stored CDs FLAC (zero compression), WAV, ALAC, OGG, APE, MP3, MPC,
Audio Formats Supported for streaming and playing WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3


Media Center, Roon and Audirvana - the holy trinity of Audio Applications fro Wolf Audio Systems servers. Between these three apps, you are able to do whatever it is you'd like to do.
It sounds better than Roon and can handle 20TB libraries.

JRiver Media Center

Media Center is the application we love. In its 24th version, Media Center is the gold standard application that will allow you to do almost everything you could imagine. Our optimizations and customizations let you skip over a year of trial and error and listen to your music right out of the box.


Roon is a newer app that some people prefer over Media Center. Featuring a great interface and Tidal and MQA integration, this is the app that is convincing people that digital audio has arrived.  A rich metadata repository gives listeners much more than album art.

Roon Artists View


A brand new application that has us very excited. It looks great, sounds amazing, and has Tidal, MQA and Qobuz integrated right in. It also has a tablet app, just like Media Center and Roon, so running the system headless is a possibility. We are going to be taking a very hard look at customizing the application for our own purposes and to add some features specifically for Wolf customers.

The Alpha 3 in the wild

Soulution, Airtight and Piega, Oh My!
Stiullpoints, Viola Labs and Rockport Atria Speakers at AXPONA 2018
House Of Stereo's Ayre Room X-TWENTY rig with Magneplanar 3.7i's connected with Audience SX copper!

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 7 in
Pick Your Alpha 3

HFAS – i5-8500 CPU, 8GB RAM, 250GB System, 2TB Audio Drive, HFAS+ – i5-8500 CPU, 16GB RAM, 500GB System Drive, 2TB Audio Drive, HFAS+ Apex – i7-8700 CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB System Drive, 2TB Audio Drive

Additional Audio Storage

2TB (No Upgrade), 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB


Silver, Black


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