News

2014

November

Reimagining Digital
Reimagining Digital
10th November 2014

Huffington Post

Article by David Julian Price, Technology Journalist

Some say the nineteen eighties only really started when Compact Disc was launched in 1982. This futuristic Philips and Sony-developed music format epitomised a decade of fast moving technological progress – its shiny lacquered aluminium discs read by a laser beam felt like the stuff of science fiction. Understandably it was snapped up by early adopters eager to embrace the shiny new technology, but as a way of actually listening to music it didn’t fare quite so well.

Many music lovers thought it a little sterile sounding. Although the world was wowed by its inky-black inter-track silences, some felt it was still processed and artificial. There were all sorts of explanations, from conventional hi-fi systems not being ‘digital-ready’ to the fact that most discs were analogue mastered, and thus couldn’t get the full benefit of the new technology. Most were wide of the mark; in truth the early CD players simply weren’t quite up to the job.

Indeed, it took over a decade to really get the sound of digital discs right, and it was left to specialist manufacturers to do this, not the format’s creators. Philips and Sony turned their corporate gaze to newer technologies, leaving the field open for specialist companies to wring the last ounce of fidelity from CD. The opportunity was seized by Data Conversion Systems of Cambridge, England. At the time this bleeding-edge technology company had only recently stopped making ultra high precision radar systems for the British military.

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October

dCS Vivaldi – System Review
13th October 2014

HiFiLive Magazine (available in Spanish and English)

Review by Miguel Castro

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January

dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System – Equipment Review
1st January 2014

Stereophile, January 2014

Review by Michael Fremer

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2013

November

dCS Vivaldi System Review – Part 1&2
dCS Vivaldi System Review – Part 1&2
1st November 2013

HiFi Plus Issue 104 & 105,  November 2013

Review by Chris Thomas

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May

Ne Plus Ultra – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System
1st May 2013

The Absolute Sound Issue 233, May 2013

Review by Robert Harley

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March

Debussy DAC Review
Debussy DAC Review
15th March 2013

Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Review, March 2013

Review by Frank Berryman

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February

Vivaldi Sings – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System
1st February 2013

HiFi News Vol85 No.02, February 2013

Review by Paul Miller

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2011

December

dCS in their Cambridge Home
dCS in their Cambridge Home
5th December 2011
DOUG SCHNEIDER, Editor of Soundstage Global, visits dCS in their Cambridge home where he meets the people, learns about their special technology and manufacturing systems and processes and has a tour of this beautiful city.  Read more.

October

Single Box Elegance – Debussy DAC
1st October 2011

Tone Audio , No.40 October 2011

Review by Jeff Dorgay

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March

Equipment Review – dCS Debussy DAC
1st March 2011

HiFi Plus,  Issue 78, March 2011

Review by Alan Taffel

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February

Fonder Prelude – dCS Debussy DAC
1st February 2011

HiFi World, February 2011

Review by David Price

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January

Stereophile 2011 Product of the Year – dCS Debussy DAC
1st January 2011

Stereophile, Vol. 34 No.1 January 2011

Review by Michael Fremer

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2010

November

Digital Supremacy – dCS Paganini Digital Playback System
1st November 2010

Tone Audio,  No.33 November 2010

Review by Jeff Dorgay

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April

Upsizing – dCS Paganini Digital Playback System
1st April 2010

HiFi World, April 2010

Review by David Price

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March

One Box Wonder – dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player and U-Clock
1st March 2010

HiFi Plus, Issue 73, March 2010

Review by Steve Dickinson

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February

State of the Art CD, SACD and High Res
1st February 2010

The Absolute Sound, Issue 200, February 2010

Review by Robert Harley

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2009

December

Digital Done Right
1st December 2009

Stereophile, December 2009

Review by John Atkinson

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October

Ring Tone – dCS Paganini DAC
1st October 2009

HiFi World, October 2009

Review by David Price

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August

dCS Scarlatti: The World’s Finest, Most Complex & Best Sounding SACD Player Yet
1st August 2009

Stereophile Vol.32 No.8, August 2009

Review by Michael Fremer

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2008

July

Digital Record Players – dCS Scarlatti Digital Playback System
1st July 2008

The Absolute Sound Issue 183, July 2008

Review by Jonathan Valin

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