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.
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 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 902 and 952 analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue converters launched, the world’s first 24/96 ADC and DAC.
dCS Elgar digital-to-analogue converter launched using Ring DAC technology in a handsome casing courtesy of industrial designer Allen Boothroyd.
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 904, 954 and 972 software updated to add DSD. Elgar updated to add 24/192.
dCS 992 Master Clock launched. dCS Purcell Upsampler launched. dCS Delius DAC launched. P3D format developed to store Direct Stream Digital recordings natively.
dCS 974 DDC launched. dCS Verdi CD/SACD Transport launched. IEEE1394 in/outs added to Elgar and Delius DAC and Purcell Upsampler.
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 578 and dCS 978b converters launched and go to the BBC as part of its W1 local radio refurbishment.
dCS P8i Upsampling CD/SACD Player launched.
dCS Scarlatti CD/SACD Transport, DAC and Master Clock launched to worldwide acclaim setting a new benchmark for measured performance and subjective musical experience.
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 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.
David J Steven takes over as Managing Director of dCS.
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.
After 3 years of intensive development and listening tests a new flagship generation of electronics had been born - the dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback system.
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.
It’s almost unfair; dCS seems to play in a league of their own.