CES 2014: Korg Announces Two New Products that Improve Your Computer Audio Quality

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Computers, TVs, and cameras may get most of the attention at CES, but Korg has shown that audio has a big place at the event with their announcement of their DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m, DSD audio playback systems. They are designed to complement Korg’s AudioGate 3 software, which can be used to up-sample audio from your computer, be it CDs, downloads, or other sources, to DSD quality up to 5.8 MHz.

Editor's Note: this post was written by Jaime Traba

The up-sampling is designed to provide additional clarity to your audio, while employing the DS-DAC-100 or the DS-DAC-100m to convert the up-sampled files to analog in order to reduce distortion and noise in playback, especially in comparison to your computer’s stock sound card.

The DS-DAC-100m has a streamlined design with a 1/4" stereo headphone out and is geared toward those just getting into DSD audio. The more physically substantial of the two, the DS-DAC-100, has a spaceship-like design and sports RCA and XLR outs for a larger range of speaker connectivity. They both support ASIO, WDM, and Core Audio, and will handle standard PCM files up to 192 kHz. Both will be available in the spring of 2014.