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Loud & Clear event

Loud & Clear event

, Loud & Clear eventdCS has a long and prestigious history in designing and manufacturing the very best digital music sources.

Innuos music servers provide rock solid, hassle-free, perfectly lossless CD copying and storage, with no sacrifice in sound quality.

A perfect match then to launch two excellent new products: dCS Bartók DAC and Innuos Zenith Statement.

Join the Loud & Clear team with special guests from dCS from 5pm on Thursday 18th April in the shop to put these two exceptional products through their paces. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll have the Gryphon Diablo 120 integrated amplifier and Focal Sopra No.2s completing the system.

dCS Bartók DAC brings together dCS’s past, present and future.

Designed for flexibility and ease of use without compromise, this single-box digital music player features the legendary dCS Ring DAC™ and signal processing platform, plus a custom high performance UPnP music streamer. It is first and foremost a state of the art network streaming DAC that uses technology developed for the dCS Rossini range. The unique headphone amplifier (optional) brings the extraordinary dCS digital experience to both headphone and stereo listeners.

dCS (Data Conversion Systems) is renowned for it’s ‘upsampling’ – a separate digital-to-digital conversion process which transforms low-resolution data to a higher resolution and higher sample rate data stream to present a high-resolution DAC with better data, thus making the analogue conversion easier by taking over part of the processing load.

The DAC section is equipped with independent balanced and unbalanced line outputs that can drive power amplifiers directly, avoiding the need for a separate pre-amplifier. The Headphone DAC features a custom designed headphone amplifier that works extremely well with both high and low impedance headphones in balanced or unbalanced formats. All of the outputs can be set to one of 4 maximum levels to enhance system compatibility. The network interface currently runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs, plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD.

Bartók also supports the simple yet highly effective dCS ‘auto clocking’ architecture as used in Vivaldi, which minimises jitter and improves sound quality significantly. Designed and made in Great Britain to the highest standards, Bartók uses aerospace-grade machined aluminium with internal acoustic damping panels to reduce sound-degrading mechanical vibration and magnetic effects. Multi-stage power regulation is employed, with twin mains transformers to isolate the DAC circuitry from the headphone amplifier.

Listening to digital music through a Bartók system is in some ways a staggering experience. The general hallmarks of dCS playback – precision, detail, immersive and engaging sound are all there along with a natural musicality and faithfulness to the original recording.


Innuos Zenith Statement is the latest, and greatest, music server from Innuos. Founded in 2009, the Innuos vision is to facilitate the enjoyment and convenience of digital audio with no sonic compromise.

Innuos ZEN servers provide a rock solid, incredibly simple way to rip, store and playback your CD library. Lossless ripping, easy editing of album data (including artwork) and full library back-up without a PC/Mac are additional bonuses.

Statement builds on the superb audio quality and performance of Innuos ZENith mkIII and ZENith SE servers to deliver the best sounding music server we have ever heard. Where previous Innuos servers were one-box products, Statement adds a second, separate box housing the transformer, preventing vibrations and EMI emissions from polluting the rest of the circuit.

Double-enclosure linear power supply

New power supply architecture designed in partnership with Dr. Sean Jacobs.

Separately enclosed AC/DC conversion stage to isolate transformer vibration and EMI emissions.

Regulation stage within main system enclosure to shorten the clean DC power path.

8 independent power rails

Reduces electrical noise generated by regulators’ voltage conversions.

An individual dedicated power supply for each critical component.

Custom designed components

Innuos-designed USB board with a dedicated 5V power line.

USB and Ethernet reclocking by independently powered 3ppb OCXO clock for higher precision and lower phase noise.

EMI-Optimised motherboard exclusively designed for Innuos

We will have Statement and Bartók singing in the dem room, and an additional Bartók with headphone amplifier set up with a range of our top headphones for demonstration. Feel free to bring your own too.

Do let us know if you’re planning to come along, with a rough time if possible. Thanks!

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