The new dCS Scarlatti Upsampler ($12999) has been introduced at RMAF and provides the ultimate in performance from ALL digital sources, including PC/Mac based digital music files.
dCS research has uncovered virtually all of the limitations of current designs in both media servers and home-grown setups using a PC or Mac, set up solid design principles including “Musical performance cannot be compromised by the choice of source (PC vs. Compact Disc)”, and produced a product that allows ultimate performance from any digital source.
This development, more than any other in the history of digital music, finally links the absolutely best sound quality with maximum convenience and access. The Scarlatti Upsampler is truly a landmark product.
Getting into things a bit deeper, dCS identified the following limitations where at least one problem was found in all existing media servers-
-No industry standard specifications exist for media servers
-Extremely difficult to switch from one media server to another
-Complex installation and setup often requires specialist assistance
-Proprietary user interface and accessories
-Support for limited number of file types (e.g. FLAC, WAV)
-Fixed storage capacity (Example: 1 x SACD requires 9Gb)
-Only able to play back music stored on the hard drive
-Internal PC (running TCP/IP, UI etc) damaging to D/A process due to noise and jitter
-No additional digital inputs or outputs
-Inadequate backup and failover features
-No more functionality than an average PC and Sound Card
-Exciting new software to support Playback, Remote Control, Ripping etc. is written for Windows™ and Apple™ not the high end media server manufacturers.
dCS has also identified current problems noted with using a PC/Mac as a source-
-Cheap but poorest in terms of high-end performance.
USB to SPDIF Converters-
-None use asynchronous mode of data transfer
-None provide word clock outputs for lower jitter slaving of DAC, making the converters vulnerable to data induced jitter
-None use a high grade oscillator such as a OCXD or provide an input for a word clock, so even if they were to use asynchronous mode, jitter and absolute frequency would be worse.
-Having USB natively inside a DAC unit means another clock inside the DAC that is not correlated with audio clocks. This can cause clock contamination.
-USB is also capable of carrying EMI from the PC inside the DAC, causing noise in delicate analogue electronics.
-A standalone DAC has no capability of slaving to another clock source, which the consumer might own and prefer for its improved sonic performance.
-A standalone USB DAC does not exploit the investment and quality of a standalone DAC unit which the consumer might already own.
The newly patented dCS Scarlatti Upsampler addresses and solves all of the above problems and issues. Availability – immediately
For more information, please view these new resources available from dCS-