dCS Mosaic: New Music Streaming Platform Launched at High End

dCS (Data Conversion Systems) is upping their interface game with the launch at Munich High End 2019 of their bespoke streaming-audio software application Mosaic which is available now as a firmware update for current dCS owners. According to the company, Mosaic was imagined and designed from inception to offer cross-platform compatibility with a “single, unified interface to any current dCS product using a mobile device running iOS or Android.”

Essential to this new dCS-centric music-streaming environment for dCS owners (Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge) is the Mosaic Control application which is core to their entire platform of hardware because it allows for customization and tailoring of the settings/configuration options for dCS products.

Described as “a leap forward in terms of functionality, performance, and user experience” over the current dCS app offering, Mosaic represents a serious investment by the company to make the core streaming music experience for their products a holistic one, with not only “greatly enhanced streaming audio functionality and an elegantly simple user experience” but the addition of podcasts and Internet Radio services.

Mosaic, which incorporates TIDAL functionality (which has been available for some time) now also includes high-resolution European wunderkind (and North American noob) Qobuz, Deezer’s CD-quality catalog, UPnP connectivity, Roon, Spotify, AirPlay and locally-attached USB storage access.

I haven’t had a chance to get hands-on with Mosaic, but I plan on loading it up this coming week, so check back for how it compares with heavy-hitter Roon (which is what I traditionally use with dCS gear) and a Q&A with dCS on the engineering behind this new offering.

An online introduction to Mosaic with full specifications can be accessed HERE.

Press release below

Data Conversion Systems Ltd (dCS), the leading manufacturer of high-performance digital audio playback systems for music lovers, will launch their new streaming audio platform at the annual HIGH-END show in Munich on 9th May 2019. Named dCS Mosaic, this new product brings greatly enhanced streaming audio functionality and an elegantly simple user experience to all owners of current dCS products.

dCS Mosaic is a bespoke collection of hardware and software modules which, when combined, provide listeners easy and intuitive access to their digital music. Streaming audio has been a core technology of dCS products since the release of Vivaldi, but Mosaic represents a leap forward in terms of functionality, performance, and user experience.

While the TIDAL streaming music service has long been available to dCS customers, dCS Mosaic will allow listeners to take advantage of the high-resolution offerings of Qobuz as well as the massive catalogue of CD-quality music offered by Deezer. The addition of a library of internet radio stations and podcasts from around the globe enhances the new service offerings with a wealth of content sure to please any listener.

A key element of the product launch – and the one that will benefit every dCS customer – is the dCS Mosaic Control app. Conceived from the ground-up as a truly cross-platform solution, dCS Mosaic Control is a single, unified interface to any current dCS product using a mobile device running iOS or Android. Complete with extensive array of features for music discovery and playback, dCS Mosaic Control also provides a completely re-imagined interface for dCS owners to manage the settings and configuration options of their dCS product(s) which allows them to tailor the sound of their systems to their preferences. Customers will undoubtedly appreciate the enhanced functionality and ease-of-use of dCS Mosaic Control, and its cutting-edge technology enables absolute feature parity whether a customer chooses Android, iOS, phone or tablet as the preferred control device.

At launch dCS Mosaic consists of two components: the dCS Mosaic Control app (discussed above) and the dCS Mosaic Processor. The Mosaic Processor component utilizes the same network hardware as all currently-shipping dCS streaming products and will be fully realized through a firmware update. Managing Director David Steven commented, “We’re a small high-tech company and our products have long life-cycles but that doesn’t stop our engineers from innovating and improving our technology every day. As we make real improvements to our designs we strive to make these available to our customers at minimal or no cost. This is the promise we make when someone invests in dCS products.”

All owners of current dCS products (Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge) can take advantage of the advancements of dCS Mosaic through a simple firmware update along with an app download from the App Store or the Google Play.

dCS Mosaic 1.0 is available from May 9th 2019) at 9:00am GMT at no cost to existing customers and will begin shipping with new products at the same time. Attendees of the annual HIGH-END show in Munich (9th – 12th May) will have the opportunity to experience Mosaic first-hand in the dCS room (Atrium 4.2, room F209) and the dCS headphone listening stations (Hall 4, booth N09).

Data Conversion Systems Ltd