New dCS Ring DAC APEX


In March 2022, dCS is launching the dCS Ring DAC™ APEX. This new hardware - the result of several months of intensive research and development - allows dCS to deliver a range of sonic and measured improvements, and enhance the musical performance of two renowned dCS systems. 


For over 30 years, we’ve strived to set the standard for digital playback, and deliver a truly state-of-the-art experience for all dCS owners. This requires constant innovation, and an absolute dedication to achieving the finest possible levels of sound reproduction.

Our engineers never stop exploring how we can enhance our products and technologies and, in turn, the musical performance our systems provide. Even after a product is released, we continue to invest in developing new features, and creating novel solutions that can aid us in our mission to bring people closer to their favourite artists and sounds.

    
Wherever possible, these innovations are made available to existing dCS owners, either in the form of free software updates, or physical upgrades that allow customers to receive the latest dCS hardware without having to purchase a whole new system.

In 2017, we released a major upgrade to the mapping algorithm and software at the core of the Ring DAC - the unique digital to analogue conversion system at the heart of all dCS DACs - and in 2020, we developed a novel headphone optimisation platform designed to enhance headphone listening for owners of our Bartók Headphone DAC.

We do this as we believe our customers should be able to participate in our latest discoveries, and benefit from new advancements as and when these are released. We know that purchasing a dCS product is an investment, and we strive to honour that investment through continual product development.

Next month, we’re launching a new version of the dCS Ring DAC for two renowned systems within the dCS product range: the Vivaldi and Rossini.


Following extensive research and development, we’ve made some major changes to the Ring DAC hardware. We’ve reconfigured the Ring DAC circuit board and developed an all-new analogue output stage. 

This has allowed us to reduce distortion, improve linearity, and deliver both measured and subjective improvements in a range of key areas, taking the Ring DAC’s world-leading performance to a new level. It has also allowed us to further enhance the performance of the much-loved dCS Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC, and Rossini Player.

On March 4, we'll release next generation APEX editions of the Rossini DAC, Vivaldi DAC, and Rossini Player. These will feature the new Ring DAC APEX hardware as standard. We'll also be offering Ring DAC APEX upgrades to existing Rossini and Vivaldi owners.

We’re hugely excited to deliver this latest innovation. Through hard work, dedication and creative thinking, our engineering team have been able to once again raise the bar for audio performance, and the subjective feedback from our critical listening experts has been incredibly positive. We’re looking forward to sharing the results of our work with the audio community and, of course, our valued customers, as well as those who are new to dCS. 


More information, including an in-depth look at the Ring DAC APEX, plus further details of our Vivaldi and Rossini APEX models, and our forthcoming upgrade programme, will be released through a series of virtual launch events taking place between now and March 4. 

Our next virtual event will take place on February 24, with new information being released on the dCS Edit, the dCS Community forum, and via email and social media.