When it comes to digital music, there are a few key hi-fi brands that come to mind, but no.1 will almost always be dCS. dCS have been a company of many firsts in the audio world. They produced the world’s first 24 bit DAC and dCS DACs were also used to master the first ever SACD. The key reason behind this is the fact that dCS do not buy in off the shelf DAC boards from the likes of Texas Instruments, like almost every other hi-fi manufacturer. The technical brains at dCS design and build their own DAC circuitry from scratch.