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Now DAC’s what I call music

Data Conversion Systems launched in Castle Park, Cambridge in 1987. It did electronics engineering consultancy work but early on in its history was hit by the peace dividend, which meant the British government wasn’t investing as much in military hardware – so founder Mike Story instead decided to focus his business on his passion for music.

In 1989, the dCS 900 analogue-to-digital converter was launched. It wasn’t just technically clever, it also sounded great. Soon the request was made for a matching digital-to-analogue converter and in 1993 the dCS 950 was born. Using the superb sounding, firmware-upgradable dCS Ring DAC, it gained a particularly strong following in Japan. It was still ostensibly a studio product, so dCS duly made a ‘consumer’

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