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Introducing: dCS Ring DAC APEX

The following statement is from dCS regarding the new APEX upgrade:


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Introducing the Ring DACTM APEX In March 2022, we’re launching the new dCS Ring DACTM APEX. This next generation hardware will debut in the dCS Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC and Rossini Player, and delivers a range of sonic and measured improvements for dCS owners.

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 technologies, 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 downloads, or physical upgrades that allow customers to receive the latest dCS hardware without having to purchase a whole new system. In 2017, for example, we released a major upgrade to the mapping algorithm and software at the core of the Ring DACTM - the unique Digital to Analogue conversion system that lies at the heart of all dCS DACs - and in 2020, we developed a novel headphone processing platform designed to enhance headphone listening for owners of the Bartók Headphone DAC.


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 innovation.

Next month, we’re launching a new version of the 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 hardware portion of the dCS Ring DAC. We’ve reconfigured the Ring DAC’s 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 enhance the performance of the much-loved dCS Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC, and Rossini Player.


On March 4th 2022, we will release a new generation of Vivaldi DACs, Rossini DACs, and Rossini Players. These next generation APEX models will feature the new Ring DACTM APEX hardware as standard. We will also offer the Ring DACTM APEX upgrade to existing Vivaldi and Rossini owners through a global upgrade programme.


We’re hugely excited to deliver this latest innovation. Through hard work, dedication and creative thinking, the dCS 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 new Ring DACTM APEX, plus further details of the Rossini and Vivaldi APEX editions and our upgrade programme, will be released through a series of virtual launch events taking place between now and March 4th.

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As always, please contact us with any questions.


Stay tuned for the next launch event on February 24th!

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