Tuesday, 01 July 1997
Jerry Del Colliano
The dCS Elgar digital-to-analog converter is a ground breaking,
precedent setting, digital processor. The future of digital is, to say
it politely, uncertain. Everyone knows standard 16 bit - 44.1 MHz
sampling rate CDs are not the best digital performance we can currently
achieve. The question is what will the next format be? Will it be 24
bit - 96 KHz, 24 bit - 192 KHz, Sony and Phillips' DSD, or something
else. We're pretty sure the audio delivery method will be a DVD, but as
for the format, there is quite a bit of speculation.
Investing in a digital processor (DAC) for your audio system can be as
risky investing in CCC rated bonds. The potential sonic returns can be
amazing and worthy of the investment, but if technology changes you'll
be lucky to get 20 cents on the dollar. Sensing this and seeing that
most other high end DACs become ...