INTRODUCING the Baetis Reference Media Server – the world’s only 4-core media computer with a dedicated, galvanically isolated, and fully shielded AES/EBU output straight off the motherboard using no PCI card!! Specifically designed for the world’s very best DACs. You must hear the difference if you are a dealer or owner of a dCS®, CH Precision®, Berkeley Reference®, EMM DAC2X®, Esoteric D-02®, Light Harmonic®, MSB Diamond®, Audio Research Reference®, or DAC of similar quality.
Why we are better
Why our computers are the best servers
Every manufacturer makes this claim and the only way to prove it is by auditioning a high-end audiophile or videophile component within your own system. First, only on a true Windows® PC will you be able to play the best version of JRiver® Media Center software, the acknowledged leader in audiophile/videophile quality (parenthetically, a PC is a true open system, the most easily upgradeable, unlike a Mac or a computer using proprietary software). Second, among the audiophile computers, only ours has a special galvanically isolated, dedicated SPDIF output. Third, we live by our customer service – if it is not the best, by a wide margin, then we have not met our business objectives.Read more
USP versus USB
Computer audiophile experts will typically say that "USB is the best 2-channel sound out of a PC". This is true for all of the factory laptops that many audiophiles use. It is also true for some of the highest-end custom or do-it-yourself builds. But USB is NOT the very best 2-channel digital output. Our isolated, dedicated, SPDIF connection straight off its own header on the motherboard IS the best, by a series of a-b tests that we have performed. We call our SPDIF connection USP (for Ultra-Short signal Path).Read more
DACs and DSD – A Primer
Today, it seems that every audiophile wants to have a DAC that plays "native DSD". DSD refers to the native format within SACDs. DSD computer files can be obtained by professional ripping of SACDs or by downloading DSD files from the new websites that provide such services.Read more
Quotes from Sound & Vision review article of 6/12/2014:
"I consider my reference audio system to be quite good, with spectacular resolution, detail and depth, but the Baetis combined with the Alpha DAC did take fine detail and spatial resolution to another level."
"All of the presets delivered on the promise of the best possible sound; this was the best I've heard my system sound to date."
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"...I’ve now been living with this unit for about 3 months and I can tell you it has changed the way I listen to music..."
"...the customer service is even beyond that of the music quality..."
"The server works perfectly; it is a real upgrade from (the) 6k$ Naim CD player!"
"...the best digital sound I have ever heard in my system."
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, issue 240, February, 2014
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Berkeley Audio Design DACs
Baetis is pleased to announce we are an authorized Berkeley Audio Design re-seller. Our specialty is the Front-End of world-class audio systems, and Berkeley DACs, including the Series 2 Alpha DAC and the new Reference Series Alpha DAC, consistently outperform every DAC out there, including the "DSD-capable" DAC’s.See more