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+ – 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 DISK FORMATS
|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|
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.
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.
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