Digital Audio Systems (DAS) is a manufactory for designing, building and distributing high-quality digital audio devices. This is all we do. We are not developing other things, neither aside nor as a main business – no computers or TV sets, nor nuclear power plants or tanks. We only do digital audio systems.
Like a number of other HiFi and High-End audio manufacturers, our enterprise was born out of our personal requirements and expectations concerning high-end playback devices that the market did not meet – in particular in the relatively new field of digital audio. Hence, we found ourselves compelled to design and develop the devices ourselves that we wanted with the properties we expected of them. That means, DAS players are no mass market products developed on the basis of the least common denominator derived from market analysis and consumer polling. They are custom developed products for a small group of demanding music connoisseurs and audiophiles – first of all ourselves. We believe that, despite the boom in digital playback devices, there are no comparable products on the market. This is why we offer our devices – now that they are done – also to you.
Consequently, DAS is no conglomerate or mass manufacturer of electronic devices. Following our high standards, we are a small manufactory in which every device is built individually and by hand by experienced engineers and technicians, extensively tested and auditioned before it is dispatched to you. We document our quality testing with a test certificate that we attach to every delivery. We deliberately take the time to do our work thoroughly and conscientiously.
Parts and components that we do not produce ourselves, we buy from others. But we do so only from suppliers who have proven to us, that they share our quality standards and have implemented comparable rigid quality assurance procedures, so that they are able to guarantee consistent quality of deliveries.
We stand for
The Soul of Music
DAS builds some of the best sounding digital playback equipment available. On the one hand, this is achieved by the no-compromise digital signal processing as well as the non-oversampling DAC technology employed, doing away with digital filters, to obtain a most natural sound free of digital harshness and artefacts. On the other hand, this is due to the sophisticated power supply management, separated for the various functional units and the massive mechanical construction, dividing the whole unit into a number of separate compartments in order to minimize interference. By these methods, we came so close to the reality of sound, that the review magazine Stereoplay wrote in its review of our Model 2 (Sept. 2018 issue): “If you have been missing the soul of the music in your digital playback systems, you need to audition DAS’ HD players.”
Analogue Life in the Digital Age
Apart from the sound quality, the second most important aspect of digital music playback is the way you interact with your music. As with our hardware, we place high demands upon the software with which our users can control their HD-Players and listen to their music collections. Therefore, we did not follow the common approach of sourcing standard software and simply adapting it to our design. Instead, we have developed the software for our HD-Players from scratch according to our own specifications. On top of what standard software delivers, we paid particular attention to an intuitive and smooth user flow with high quality graphics, transferring some of the haptic and multimedia user experience from the vinyl era into the digital age. So, while you listen to your music, you can view high resolution front cover art, turn it over and view the back cover art as well as view the texts and pictures of the liner notes.
Exclusivity and Quality of Craftsmanship
Every HD-Player is individually hand crafted by experienced engineers and technicians and above all extensively tested. The mechanical construction with massive chassis plates and separate chambers for each functional unit minimizes vibration and electromagnetic interference and results in a casing where your valuable music files are as safely stored as in a vault. The combination of different materials with their meticulously crafted surfaces, like aluminium and precious woods gives each HD-Player its individual aura of simple technical elegance.