Creating Bartók APEX
Creating Bartók APEX
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The Bartók APEX DAC, music streamer, upsampler, preamp, and headphone amplifier is equipped with dCS' next-generation APEX Ring DAC for an even more transparent and immersive listening experience than the original Bartók. Enjoy powerful, dynamic, and detailed sound with new levels of resolution and refinement. With flexible and upgradeable software and hardware, the Bartók APEX can grow and evolve, providing a state-of-the-art listening experience for years to come.
Designed and built by hand at dCS headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, the Bartók APEX boasts an elegant and timeless aesthetic that combines meticulous craftsmanship and obsessive attention to detail. Available in silver or black, the Bartók APEX showcases dCS' uncompromising approach to design.
Renowned for its technical and sonic performance, the dCS Ring DAC system has been continuously developed and refined over the past three decades. Initially available for the Vivaldi and the Rossini, the APEX Ring DAC upgrade is now included with the Bartók. For existing Bartok owners, the upgrade will be available as a download beginning in March 2023.
Released in 2022, APEX is a substantial update to dCS' proprietary Ring DAC™. The first thing dCS did was to reconfigure the circuit board. The result is improved DSD upscaling performance as well as DSD128 support, and lower output impedance. Plus, new filter options enhance transparency. Additionally, a new analog output stage helps to lower distortion and increase linearity.
For those in pursuit of the ultimate in transparency and realism, APEX sets a new benchmark. Building on the detail and finesse of the original Bartók, it resolves the finest details and uncovers textures and subtleties that most systems overlook. From the broadest dynamic swings in volume to the subtlest shifts in tone, the Bartók APEX reveals each aspect of a recording with a sense of effortless refinement and control.
Starting with the dCS analog output stage, benchmark amplifier performance is maintained with true Class A operation through the amplifier's balanced and unbalanced outputs.
The amplifier design also features dedicated power supplies for analog and digital processing, which are isolated from the DAC section of the system for enhanced precision with minimal crosstalk and noise. This unique architecture allows for a powerful and transparent performance that uncovers the unique character and potential of your headphones.
The Bartók APEX DAC features a unique processing platform called Expanse that reimagines how sound is optimized for headphones. Expanse is an optional feature that can be engaged with a wide range of stereo recordings to provide a greater sense of realism, space, and depth.
The Bartók APEX headphone amplifier is engineered to handle a vast range of headphones regardless of efficiency or impedance. To use headphones, simply plug them in, switch the line output, and adjust volume levels using the volume dial or the Mosaic control app (no need for a separate preamp). With a choice of four adjustable gain settings, you can adjust performance to suit your setup.
The Bartók APEX can adapt to serve whatever mood or music you ask it to. With its wide range of inputs and outputs, high-performance UPnP streamer, and extensive choice of filters, it offers limitless capabilities and an effortless listening experience.
Compatible with all major file formats, the Bartók APEX provides instant access to music from a wide range of streaming services, including Roon, TIDAL, Spotify, Qobuz, Deezer and Internet Radio. It also plays files direct from personal devices or storage drives via USB, AES or S/PDIF inputs, and from Apple devices using Apple AirPlay.
Its streaming interface supports all major lossless codecs, plus DSD in native and DoP formats, and ensures true 24-bit resolution audio when streaming via Ethernet. Playback is easily managed via the dCS Mosaic app, which allows you to access music from multiple sources and adjust the settings on your system through a single, intuitive interface.
Available on all Android and iOS devices, the Mosaic control app is supported by a powerful processing platform that runs on custom code developed by dCS. This software-driven design means its performance can be upgraded and enhanced over time, allowing dCS to add new streaming functionalities as platforms and services develop.