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dCS paints a Mosaic with new cross-platform music management | High End 2019







dCS has a track record of continuing to invest in their products for years after they initially launch.  They have quoted statistics stating that they only use around 60-70% of the capacity of a device at launch, giving them 10 years of headroom to innovate.  This creates an experience where your device may sound the worst the day you bought it, as future updates refine performance and add capabilities.  We’ve come to love their hardware and delicious analog sound, but haven’t always been the biggest fans of their iOS only control software across the Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge.   It hasn’t been an issue since dCS’s support for Roon Labs is top notch which provides a premium music management solution for dCS customers.

This changes at the High End 2019 as dCS launches their new bespoke Mosaic Control software platform. It will support both iOS and Android and requires a free firmware update for all of their streaming products. The updated Mosaic Control app looks fresh, modern and will provide support for Spotify, TIDAL, Qobuz and Deezer.

I’m installing it as we speak and will provide a comparison to my Roon rig in the coming weeks.  For now, non-Roon users can rejoice!

The complete user guide for dCS Mosaic Control is posted available here.

-Mohammed

Full Press Release:

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dCS launches Mosaic, a powerful new music streaming platform for all current dCS streaming products

Data Conversion Systems Ltd (dCS), the leading manufacturer of high-performance digital audio playback systems for music lovers, will launch their new streaming audio platform at the annual HIGH-END show in Munich on 9th May 2019. Named dCS Mosaic, this new product brings greatly enhanced streaming audio functionality and an elegantly simple user experience to all owners of current dCS products.

dCS Mosaic is a bespoke collection of hardware and software modules which, when combined, provide listeners easy and intuitive access to their digital music. Streaming audio has been a core technology of dCS products since the release of Vivaldi, but Mosaic represents a leap forward in terms of functionality, performance, and user experience.

While the TIDAL streaming music service has long been available to dCS customers, dCS Mosaic will allow listeners to take advantage of the high-resolution offerings of Qobuz as well as the massive catalogue of CD-quality music offered by Deezer. The addition of a library of internet radio stations and podcasts from around the globe enhances the new service offerings with a wealth of content sure to please any listener.

A key element of the product launch – and the one that will benefit every dCS customer – is the dCS Mosaic Control app. Conceived from the ground-up as a truly cross-platform solution, dCS Mosaic Control is a single, unified interface to any current dCS product using a mobile device running iOS or Android.

Complete with extensive array of features for music discovery and playback, dCS Mosaic Control also provides a completely re-imagined interface for dCS owners to manage the settings and configuration options of their dCS product(s) which allows them to tailor the sound of their systems to their preferences.

Customers will undoubtedly appreciate the enhanced functionality and ease-of-use of dCS Mosaic Control, and its cutting-edge technology enables absolute feature parity whether a customer chooses Android, iOS, phone or tablet as the preferred control device.
At launch dCS Mosaic consists of two components: the dCS Mosaic Control app (discussed above) and the dCS Mosaic Processor. The Mosaic Processor component utilizes the same network hardware as all currently-shipping dCS streaming products and will be fully realized through a firmware update.

Managing Director David Steven commented, “We’re a small high-tech company and our products have long life-cycles but that doesn’t stop our engineers from innovating and improving our technology every day. As we make real improvements to our designs we strive to make these available to our customers at minimal or no cost. This is the promise we make when someone invests in dCS products.”

All owners of current dCS products (Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge) can take advantage of the advancements of dCS Mosaic through a simple firmware update along with an app download from the App Store or the Google Play.
dCS Mosaic 1.0 is available today (9th May 2019) at 9:00am GMT at no cost to existing customers and will begin shipping with new products at the same time.
Attendees of the annual HIGH-END show in Munich (9th – 12th May) will have the opportunity to experience Mosaic first-hand in the dCS room (Atrium 4.2, room F209) and the dCS headphone listening stations (Hall 4, booth N09).

Key Points:

  • dCS Mosaic is a new streaming audio platform from dCS available for all current dCS products.
  • dCS Mosaic Control is a newly-conceived user interface available for both iOS and Android with absolute feature parity between the two.
  • dCS Mosaic allows a customer to enjoy streaming music from a number of different services and sources including UPnP, Deezer, Qobuz, TIDAL, Roon, Spotify, Airplay, internet radio, podcasts, and locally-attached USB storage.
  • dCS Mosaic delivers enhanced stability and performance. The dCS Mosaic architecture is flexible and extensible, allowing for significant future enhancements.
  • dCS Mosaic is available at no-cost for all owners of current dCS products starting from 9:00am GMT on Thursday, 9th May 2019.
  • The dCS Mosaic Control app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

About dCS: Since 1987 dCS has been at the forefront of digital audio, creating world-beating, life-enhancing products that are a unique synthesis of exact science and creative imagination. Each of our award-winning product ranges sets the standard within its class for technical excellence and musical performance. As a result, dCS digital playback systems are unrivalled in their ability to make music.

All dCS products are designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom using proprietary technology, and materials and components of the highest quality. A carefully judged balance of our unique heritage and world-class engineering ensures there is a rich history of ground-breaking innovation inside every dCS system.

Copyright © 2019 Data Conversion Systems Limited. All rights reserved. dCS, dCS logo, Ring DAC are trademarks or registered trademarks of Data Conversion Systems Limited. Data Conversion Systems Limited disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own. All specifications are subject to change and, whilst they are checked for accuracy, no liabilities can be accepted for errors or omissions.