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Not more about the dCS Bartók? – a film

I can keep on waxing lyrical about products like this with no risk because of how tremendous they actually are, which I do so in this dCS Bartók film review.

Live with DACs like this for a while on a great system and you will know what I’m talking about.

In this short film I talk about over egged up HiFi reviewers on YouTube, I look at the dCS Bartók’s product features and operation and obviously there wouldn’t be any comment about sound if this site wasn’t called 13th Note HiFi Reviews…

Let’s not over analyse HiFi but enjoy it for what it is, and boy oh boy this product can be enjoyed!

dCS Bartók film review

Read my written review here.

What dCS have to say….

The new dCS Bartók DAC brings together dCS’s past, present and future. It is first and foremost a state of the art network streaming DAC that uses technology developed for the Rossini range. With the addition of the unique headphone amplifier it brings the extraordinary dCS digital experience to both headphone and stereo listeners.

This single-box digital music player features the legendary dCS Ring DAC™ and signal processing platform, plus a custom high performance UPnP music streamer.

dCS Bartók
dCS Bartók film review

The DAC section is equipped with independent balanced and unbalanced line outputs that can drive power amplifiers directly, avoiding the need for a separate preamplifier. The Headphone DAC features a custom designed headphone amplifier that works extremely well with both high and low impedance headphones in balanced or unbalanced formats.  All of the outputs can be set to one of 4 maximum levels to enhance system compatibility.

Listening to digital music through a Bartók system is in some ways a staggering experience. The general hallmarks of dCS playback – precision, detail, immersive and engaging sound are all there along with a natural musicality and faithfulness to the original recording.

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  1. Excellent review! Do you feel that the dCS Bartok “sound” is the equal of a similarly priced analog/turntable setup?

    This is not to stir up analog vs digital!!

    Personally, I would love to upgrade my bluesound streamer/auralic vega dac combo. I really enjoy it,but it does not match the sound quality of my analog rig.

    But maybe the Bartok does?

    Keep up the great work!!
    Be safe and good health to you!!

    mike paul
    (in audio isolation)—nj,usa

    • Hi Mike, thanks for such nice comments. I’ve got to be honest it is very good and vinyl like. Possibly not as analogue sounding as some TT’s (I tend to just test digital gear atm) but even if that is the case, it would be an extremely small quibble and I just don’t think any such issues could be a negative against the sound of this DAC. This thing is just tremendous and if you want to try one, definitely get one at home before you buy. Hope helps.

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Written by Simon Price

I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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