Alpha Design Labs GT40
New £395 audio DAC includes USB output and MM/MC phono preamp, aimed at audio enthusiasts with PC-based music collections

Accessories manufacturer Furutech has created a new brand, Alpha Design Labs (ADL), and its first product is the GT40 USB DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) with phono stage.

On sale for £395 from August 26th, the ADL GT40 is aimed at audio enthusiasts with growing music collections on their computers.

It's a high-performance 24-bit/96kHz DAC with a "low-latency" USB 2.0 audio driver that plays and records at 96kHz. It includes a built-in MM/MC phono preamp for recording records to hard disk via the USB output.

The GT40 also features left and right analogue outputs, plus switchable line or phono inputs, and is wired internally with Furutech's GT2 USB cable.

It will be distributed in the UK by Sound Fowndations.

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randym's picture

Good unit for the value minded purchaser

I just recently purchased this unit and haven`t run it through all the paces completely. Although its probably not the best in all categories, it has very decent quality and has great versatlity. It paired up quite nicely with my low output MC cartridge to my pleasant surpise even though I know the step-up tranformer is a better set-up - it still sounded respectible. The headphone amp is truly quite good, the DAC although not top-rank - is pretty decent, and its hard to justify spending another $1000 on a standalone DAC to show it up in playback quality with discernable but subtle differences. I really like the fact that its an all in one unit, simply in terms of convenience. One button verses two or three. Less wires and connections, good build quality and nicely layed out. It comes down to expectations and budget perhaps, but this unit is worth a listen and I think has incredible value and simplicity for a budget minded purchaser or relative newcomer new to the digitlal world.