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dCS Bartok

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by tmarshl, Mar 5, 2019.
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  1. tmarshl
    If you like the PS Audio DirestStream DAC, I think you will love the dCS Bartok. It has the same organic natural delivery, but on a level that is much fuller and more natural - no added coloration. Remember that feeling you get every once in a while, where the music presentation seems totally real? Well, that amazing sensation of being in the room with the performers happens far more often for me with the Bartok and balanced Transparent cable. The primary differences between albums now seems to come from differences in miking and mastering.
    Mudshark likes this.
  2. vlsj
    Thanks very much. I’m hoping to audition it in the next weeks. Are there particular favorite filter/upsampling choices you’d suggest as starting points?
  3. emrelights1973
    Rossini is different ball game than bartok
  4. elton7033
    I have hard time asking myself to think this worth the money but I will give it a try someday next week, may be it can really convince me to invest in it...
  5. emrelights1973
    “Invest” no, spend maybe:) my motto is not go to hi end for digital, it is a constant change

    Pre power an analog rig, even a CD player they might me your end game but dac/streamer never will be

    I am about to go for a Naim streamer NDX2 rather then ND555 even I can afford it by skipping few hundred meals vacations etc

    It also depending on disposable income
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  6. elton7033
    Quite ture, hobby is hobby and shouldn’t affect your normal life but my hobbies tend to bit too expensive and worst than being alcoholic lol

    Although I am probably not going to get the Dcs but I am so looking forward to play with it next week
    emrelights1973 likes this.
  7. chesebert
    Which Linn network player did you have? I have been using a 2010 Linn Klimax. Didn't realize it's almost a decade old. The Klimax is running on the latest firmware with space optimization software that I have conveniently used for headphone EQ :)

    So, how does the new dCS compare with your former Linn? I compared dCS and Linn back in the day and at the time Linn won out.
    ChijiroKuro likes this.
  8. miko64
    Hello Chesebert

    Unfortunately I did not have time to compare Linn directly with dcs. When I listened to Sabrinas the dealer used dcs Rossini and I had Linn Majic (2008 - newest firmare + room-eq) at home.
    After the sudden death of Majic The dealer suggested Linn Klimax or Rossini dcs and had a slight preference for the latter one on sonic reasons. I almost bought the Linn DSM. Why not?

    We I liked the form of Linn more but found it very compelling to use dcs also as a DAC besides having a manual volume wheel. Hence difference was very small

    After listening to dcs I am really convinced vs Majic. I would expect that the difference is materially smaller vs Klimax. Also I learned that I can attach an USB disc directly to dcs which is a welcome feature.
    On the downside no HDMI inputs as per Klimax DSM. Both are on par re the ability to play Apple airplay which my daughters and wife love.

    Hence in summary I am very happy, but would be most likely similarly happy with a Klimax
  9. tmarshl
    dCS Bartok Review: Part 1

    • All in One Box (With Headphone Amp)
    • Ring DAC Quality

    dCS Bartók uses the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DAC™ technology, originally developed for the Rossini series.
    • DXD Upsampling

    Featuring DXD upsampling as standard, the multi-stage oversampling design offers optional DSD upsampling plus an extensive selection of DSP filters to suit individual taste and music choice.
    • Upgradeable Firmware

    Its single FPGA offers streamlined signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.
    • Balanced XLR4 Headphone Output
    • MQA Decoding and Rendering
    • Broad Connectivity

    Bartók plays music through an array of industry-standard USB, AES or S/PDIF digital inputs. It can stream over Ethernet from a NAS drive or online music services such as TIDAL™ or Spotify™, and from Apple devices via Airplay™. The network interface can perform full MQA™ decoding and rendering.
    • Build Quality​

    • Price
    • No HDMI Connection​

    Silver or Black

    444mm / 17.5” x 430mm / 17.0” x 115mm / 4.6“. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.​

    16.7kg / 36.8lbs​

    Converter Type
    dCS proprietary Ring DAC™ topology​

    Digital Inputs
    Network interface on an RJ45 connector – acts as a UPnP™ renderer in Asynchronous mode, streaming digital music from a NAS or local computer over a standard Ethernet network, decoding all major lossless formats including FLAC, WAV & AIFF at up to 24 bit 384kS/s native sample rate, plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DFF/DSF format. Other formats include WMA, ALAC, MP3, AAC & OGG. Some formats are limited to lower sample rates. Supports Apple AirPlay at 44.1 or 48kS/s. Network Loop Out connector on a second RJ45 connector. USB 2.0 interface on a B-type connector operating in Asynchronous mode, will accept up to 24 bit PCM at up to 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format. Operates in Class 1 or 2 mode. USB-on-the-go interface on type A connector operating in Asynchronous mode, streams digital music from a flash drive at up to 24 bit 384kS/s plus DSD/64. 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/128 in DoP format. Used as a Dual AES pair, it will accept PCM at up to 384kS/s, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format or dCS-encrypted DSD. 2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. 1x SPDIF optical on a Toslink connector will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s​

    Analog Outputs
    Output levels: 0.2, 0.6, 2 or 6V rms for full-scale input, set in the menu. Balanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin XLR male connectors. These outputs are electronically balanced and floating. Output impedance is 3Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended). Unbalanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA phono connectors. Output impedance is 52Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended).​

    Headphone Outputs
    1 stereo balanced pair on 1x 4-way male XLR connector. 1 stereo unbalanced pair on 1x 6.35mm (1/4”) 3-pole jack. Full-scale output levels are 1.4W rms into 33Ω, 0.15W rms into 300Ω. Output levels are 0, -10, -20, -30dB, set in the menu. Minimum headphone impedance is 33Ω.​

    2x Word Clock Inputs on 2x BNC connectors, accept standard word clock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple of the clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels. Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector. In Master mode, a TTL-compatible word clock appears on this output.​

    Full decoding and rendering of MQA data from the Network and USB2 inputs. Final rendering of unfolded MQA data only from the other inputs.​

    Residual Noise
    24-bit data: Better than –113dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted. (6V output setting)​

    L/R Crosstalk
    Better than -115dB0, 20Hz – 20kHz​

    Spurious Responses
    Better than -105dB0, 20Hz – 20kHz​

    PCM mode: up to 6 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce out-of-audio band noise level.​

    DXD as standard or optional DSD upsampling​

    Software Updates
    Download and update functionality available via Bartók App​

    Local Control
    dCS Bartók app for unit configuration and playback. RS232 interface (controlled by a 3rd party automation system). dCS Universal IR remote control is available as an optional extra.​

    Power Supply
    Factory set to either 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC 50/60Hz​

    Power Consumption
    30 Watts typical / 50 Watts maximum.​

    Part Two will discuss the sound signature of the dCS Bartok
  10. attmci
    You'd better link to the manufacturer's website on page 1, so people can learn the specs and the price tag of this. :)

    And maybe a link to your upstairs review on p1 too.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019
  11. Deftone
    Has anyone took any measurements?
  12. miko64
    Bartok is very similar to Rossini, which has been tested by stereophile. At the end there is very good measurement section.

    ps - 1) I am still really happy w rossini
    2) stereophile has also tested and measured various chord dacs (dave)
    Deftone likes this.
  13. FangJoker
    What is the dimensions of your room? We are looking to upgrade homes and I'm looking to have a 2 channel room or large home office with the smaller Wilson Audio speakers and dcs products are being considered over adding the M-Scaler and aurender streamer.

    My girlfriend and I are looking to upgrade into what we hope is to be the last home we purchase and I would like to get almost everything I want in our price range and I really would love to have a nice 2 channel setup while I work from home. I am in luxury real estate and see so many homes I have preferences that I have pieces together from other homes I have seen over the years and a 2 ch listening room and a urinal (I'm dead serious about this) in the master bathroom are my two dream items.
  14. miko64

    c 4.5 x 7 m
    Pass xa30.8 has enough power for this room/combo - considering that I mainly listen to opera.
  15. DrPo
    @tmarshl: any update from your detailed listening sessions?

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