Enjoy a lifetime of listening to astounding audio fidelity—record it in DSD.
“High-Resolution” is the latest audio frontier. USB DAC hardware is now plentiful, and various high-resolution formats are available. The only thing lacking has been an ample supply of music or source material available in a high-resolution format.
KORG was among the first to embrace the potential of high-resolution DSD audio with its MR Series of rack-style studio recorders, portable solutions, and hand-held devices. In addition, their complementary AudioGate software works with all the latest formats and has quickly become the standard for high-resolution audio playback.
Now KORG is proud to add the DS-DAC-10R to their list of DSD hardware and software products that were created to satisfy audio lovers everywhere. This revolutionary USB DAC (Digital-to-Audio Converter) recording system also offers professional-grade Analog-to-Digital conversion, an audiophile-grade headphone amp, and is even equipped with phono inputs—ideal for archiving your vinyl records.
If you can’t find the high-resolution audio materials that you’re craving to hear, record them yourself with the DS-DAC-10R; the 1-bit USB-DAC/ADC from KORG.
DS-DAC-10R + AudioGate 4: Everything you need for DSD recording!
Phono inputs provide a direct connection to your record player
Vinyl records have soared in popularity over recent years. Certain audiophiles and enthusiasts prefer vinyl sources for the pure enjoyment of music, and cite a warmth of tone lacking in digital sound sources. The KORG DS-DAC-10R allows these retro-audio fans to manage their record collection as music data and enjoy it more easily. Phono input jacks allow the DS-DAC-10R to connect directly to your record player—there is even a grounding terminal. Your records can be quickly turned via DSD into high-resolution data files with their quality unimpaired, allowing you to use AudioGate to easily manage your music library. The input jacks also support LINE level signals—such as from a cassette deck or open reel tape deck–making this the ideal system for archiving your irreplaceable collection.
DSD Phono Equalizer available for Recording or Playback (*1 & *2)
The AudioGate 4 contains a DSD phono equalizer that restores all of the sound that went into cutting the record, while minimizing any effect of the equalization process on the sound. In addition to the standard RIAA curve, five other curves(*2)are also supported. Phono equalization can be applied as you record, or when playing back an un-equalized DSD recording made from your vinyl sources. This versatile cutting-edge technology lets you appreciate the true power of vinyl records in a way until now impossible—even on high-end audio equipment.
*1. The record lathes used in the process of producing vinyl records cut a wider groove as the frequency of the sound becomes lower; this makes it difficult for the needle to accurately trace the groove during playback, and also decreases the recording time. For this reason, the record being cut is equalized to attenuate the low-frequency range and boost the high-frequency range, and the opposite curve is applied during playback. This compensation is applied by the “phono equalizer.” Since record players have a lower output level in comparison to most audio devices, it is necessary to boost the signal, and the phono equalizer typically performs this role as well. However on the DS-DAC-10R, the amplification is handled by an analog circuit and the equalization is separately performed using digital signal processing (within AudioGate 4).
*2. RIAA is the standard recording/playback equalization curve for records defined by the Recording Industry Association of America. It became a standard in 1954, but prior to that date there was no standardization between the various record labels. Since the curve is not indicated on the records themselves, it’s not possible to know which curve was used to record a given record; however it is said that nearly all records can be covered by the RIAA curve and five other curves. Try selecting different curves in AudioGate 4 and enjoy the resulting changes in tonality.
DSD native playback of 2.8224 MHz and 5.6448 MHz DSD files
KORG was among the first audio companies to focus on the high sound quality benefits of DSD, using DSD as the recording format for the highly acclaimed MR series of studio and field recorders. Now that major music distribution sites such as Blue Coast Records and Channel Classic Records have started distributing data in the DSD format, and major audio manufacturers have also started to release USB DAC units, the DSD format has become acknowledged by audio fans as a synonym for the utmost in high-quality playback. The quality of this DSD data is fully realized by the “DSD native playback of DSD data” offered via these USB DAC units, the DS-DAC series.
These units support playback not only of 2.8224 MHz DSD data but also the still higher-resolution of 5.6448 MHz, which is even more faithful to the original source.
Simple and stylish design
The elegant diecast body of the DS-DAC-10R emanates precision construction and craftsmanship. Sleek and uncluttered, the front panel provides simply a headphone jack and a volume control. The DS-DAC-10R is designed to provide effortless integration with your existing audio system. LED illumination also indicates the playback format and the recording status. Inside and out, attention was given to using premium materials—highlighted by the copper-plated rear panel and the gold-plated connectors.
System requirements for AudioGate
- Microsoft Windows 7 (32Bit、64bit)、Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32Bit、64bit)、Microsoft Windows 10 (32Bit、64bit)
- Mac OS
- Mac OS X 10.8 〜 10.11
AudioGate 4 Download
1. AudioGate 4
2. DS-DAC driver (*1) or DS-DAC-10R driver (*2)
*1: To use the DS-DAC-100 or DS-DAC-100m, please install the DS-DAC driver.
*2: The DS-DAC-10R driver is required only in Windows. The DS-DAC-10R will be able to use only connecting with USB in Mac.
DSD DAC Comparison Chart
|DSD DAC Manufacturers||DoP Input||Native DSD Input||DSD 64||DSD 128||Phono Preamp||Headphone Amp||Bi-Directional USB||Custom Software||List Price|
|KORG DS-DAC-10R||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (Audiogate 4)||$599|
|Aesthetix Pandora Sig.||USB||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$9,000|
|Antelope Zodiac Platinum||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$5,500|
|Asus Essence III||USB||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$2,105|
|Audio Alchemy DDP-1||USB||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||$1,995|
|Benchmark DAC2 DX||USB||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||$1,895|
|Chord Electronics Hugo TT||USB||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$4,795|
|exaSound e12||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$1,999|
|LH Labs Geek Pulse X||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$2,999|
|M2Tech Young||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$1,695|
|Meitner Audio MA-1||USB||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||$7,000|
|Mytek Brooklyn||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||$1,995|
|PS Audio NuWave DSD||USB||I2S||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||$1,299|
|Wyred4Sound DAC-DSD||USB||USB (ASIO)||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||$1,599|