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1987

Beginnings in Signal Conversion

Data Conversion Systems launched in Castle Park, Cambridge. Electronics engineering consultancy work starts with Ferranti, Marconi Avionics and British Aerospace developing the Blue Vixen radar system for the Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2.

Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2

Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2

Castle Park Offices

Castle Park Offices

dCS founder Mike Story

dCS founder Mike Story

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1989

Advancing the State of the Art in Music Recording and Playback

dCS 900 analogue-to-digital converter launched, using the world’s first 24-bit ‘Ring DAC’ circuit. Customers include Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Composer/Arranger Tony Faulkner and Northstar Recording’s Bert van der Wolf.

dCS 900

dCS 900

Bob Ludwig

Bob Ludwig

Tony Faulkner in Bristol with Vladimir Spivakov

Tony Faulkner

Bert van der Wolf

Bert van der Wolf

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1993

Digital to Analogue

dCS 950 digital-to-analogue converter launched, the world’s first 24-bit audio DAC. It fast becomes a worldwide sensation with huge interest in Japan.

dCS 950

dCS 950

Andy McHarg joins dCS as Software Engineer

Andy McHarg joins dCS as Software Engineer

Stereo Sound in Japan reviews the dCS 950

Stereo Sound in Japan reviews the dCS 950

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1995

Pioneering High Resolution Music

dCS 902 and 952 analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue converters launched, the world’s first 24/96 ADC and DAC.

dCS 902

dCS 902

dCS 952

dCS 952

24/96 logo

24/96 logo

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1996

Launch of Legendary dCS Elgar DAC

dCS Elgar digital-to-analogue converter launched using Ring DAC technology in a handsome casing courtesy of industrial designer Allen Boothroyd.

dCS Elgar 24/96 DAC

dCS Elgar 24/96 DAC

Consultancy work for the BBC sees high speed digital audio link system installed between Kingswood and Broadcasting House

Consultancy work for the BBC sees high speed digital audio link system installed between Kingswood and Broadcasting House

dCS relocates to Great Chesterford manufacturing site

dCS relocates to Great Chesterford manufacturing site

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1997

Enabling and Discovering the Upsampling Effect

dCS 972 launched, the world’s first 24-bit, 96kHz-capable digital-to-digital converter. Results in the discovery of the upsampling effect. dCS publishes AES paper on the benefits of recording at higher sample rates.

dCS 972

dCS 972

dCS 904

dCS 954

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1998

The Dawn of DSD

dCS 904, 954 and 972 software updated to add DSD. Elgar updated to add 24/192.

DSD logo

DSD logo

dCS Ring DAC technology licensed to Arcam for use in the Alpha 9 CD player.

dCS Ring DAC technology licensed to Arcam for use in the Alpha 9 CD player

Chris Hales joins as a Development Engineer

Chris Hales joins as a Development Engineer

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1999

Pace of Change

dCS 992 Master Clock launched. dCS Purcell Upsampler launched. dCS Delius DAC launched. P3D format developed to store Direct Stream Digital recordings natively.

dCS 992 Master Clock launched

dCS 992 Master Clock launched

dCS Purcell Upsampler launched

dCS Purcell Upsampler launched

dCS Delius DAC launched

dCS Delius DAC launched

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2000

Taking High Res to Another Level Again

dCS 974 DDC launched. dCS Verdi CD/SACD Transport launched. IEEE1394 in/outs added to Elgar and Delius DAC and Purcell Upsampler.

Rene LaFlamme

Rene LaFlamme

dCS 905 launched

dCS 905 launched

dCS 974 launched

dCS 974 launched

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2002

Onwards DXD

dCS 955 DAC launched with vacuum fluorescent display. dCS develop software for DAC and ADC capable of 24/352.8 and 24/384, later to be termed DXD.

dCS 955 launched

dCS 955

dCS 954

dCS 954

dCS 904

dCS 904

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2004

Digital Broadcast

dCS 578 and dCS 978b converters launched and go to the BBC as part of its W1 local radio refurbishment.

2005

A New Era

dCS P8i Upsampling CD/SACD Player launched.

dCS P8i

dCS P8i

David M Steven

David M Steven leads a management buyout of dCS and becomes Managing Director

Andy McHarg

Andy McHarg appointed as Technical Director

Chris Hales

Chris Hales appointed as Product Development Director

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2007

A Visionary Statement of Intent

dCS Scarlatti CD/SACD Transport, DAC and Master Clock launched to worldwide acclaim setting a new benchmark for measured performance and subjective musical experience.

dCS Scarlatti DAC

dCS Scarlatti DAC

dCS Scarlatt Clock

dCS Scarlatti Clock

dCS Scarlatti Transport

dCS Scarlatti Transport

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2007

A New Design Language

The elegant yet powerful Paganini and Puccini soon followed the ground breaking Scarlatti with the dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player becoming a worldwide sensation and the finest one box Player in audio.

dCS Paganini

dCS Paganini

dCS Paganini

dCS Puccini launched

dCS Puccini

dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player launched

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2008

Advancing Computer Audio

dCS develop award winning asynchronous USB interface to minimise jitter from computer audio sources. The dCS Scarlatti Upsampler is launched. Puccini U-Clock launched to enhance disc playback and add computer audio capability to the Puccini Player.

dCS develop asynchronous USB

dCS develops asynchronous USB

dCS Scarlatti Upsampler

dCS Scarlatti Upsampler

dCS Puccini Player and U-Clock

dCS Puccini Player and U-Clock

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2009

The Fourth Age

David J Steven takes over as Managing Director of dCS.

David J Steven takes over as Managing Director of dCS

David J Steven takes over as Managing Director of dCS

dCS Paganini Upsampler

dCS Paganini Upsampler

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2010

One Box Wonder

dCS make moves to support digital audio received from any source – be it silver disc, PC or streamed via a home network. The first product to embrace this strategy was the beautiful Debussy DAC.

dCS Debussy DAC

dCS Debussy DAC launched

dCS relocates to a new manufacturing and development facility West of Cambridge

dCS relocates to a new manufacturing and development facility West of Cambridge

dCS licence asynchronous USB to Arcam for the rDAC

dCS licence asynchronous USB to Arcam for the rDAC

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2012

Pushing the Boundaries

After 3 years of intensive development and listening tests a new flagship generation of electronics had been born - the dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback system.

dCS Vivaldi range launched

dCS Vivaldi range launched

dCS Vivaldi DAC

dCS Vivaldi DAC

dCS Vivaldi Transport

dCS Vivaldi Transport

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2015

Rossini DAC and Player Unveiled

Rossini is a complete digital front end that comes in two versions – the Rossini DAC and Rossini Player; designed to make superb sounding digital music from any source more easily accessible.

Rossini DAC

Rossini DAC

Rossini Player

Rossini Player

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Worldwide Acclaim

It’s almost unfair; dCS seems to play in a league of their own.

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