Korg, the noted keyboard, synthesizer, and DJ gear manufaturer, has just released a new 1-bit DSD recording system for the analog audiophile market. The DS-DAC-10R ($599 SRP) is said to be the world’s first and only USB DAC + ADC with a built-in MM Phono input and Asynchronous Bi-Directional USB control for the recording and playback of analog vinyl, tape, or CDs in native 1-bit DSD 2.8 MHz/5.6 MHz or PCM up to 192 kHz/24-bit hi-res audio. (Yeah, we like that.)
Audiogate proprietary software comes with the DS-DAC-10R for command and control from any PC or Apple computer, plus iAudiogate for Apple smartphones.
Korg was among the first gear companies to embrace the potential of high-resolution DSD audio with its MR Series of rack-style studio recorders, portable solutions, and handheld devices.
As certain audiophiles and enthusiasts prefer accessing their music via vinyl sources, the Korg DS-DAC-10R offers Phono input jacks to allow the unit to connect directly to a turntable. It also boasts a grounding terminal. Records can be quickly converted via DSD into high-resolution data files, allowing end users to use AudioGate to easily manage their music libraries. The input jacks also support line-level signals — such as from an open-reel player or cassette deck — for additional archival purposes.
Reached at his office in St. Petersburg, Florida, Essence for Hi Res Audio CEO Bob Rapoport told the New Toys site, “The resurgence of vinyl is going full-steam ahead, and new record plants are coming online now. The brilliant Korg DS-DAC-10R USB DAC/ADC is a professional-grade analog-to-digital converter with a precision MM Phono section featuring six RIAA curves, and a studio-quality headphone amp too. Its unique ability to record analog content digitally as native DSD is a breakthrough for the home-recording enthusiast; nothing else on the market can do this all in one box with higher quality, or at a lower price. The fact is, there’s not enough hi-res content of the classics in all genres, so this device enables end users to create their own hi-res versions of those classics and keep them archived in their computer.”
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