You may say I’m a dreamer – but not any longer – I hope someday you’ll join us.
This Device is the DAS HD-Player!
The HD-Player is controlled as easily as any CD-player: unpack it, connect the cables, switch it on, select an album or track, press “Play” and enjoy … You don’t even need to put a record on or insert a disc.
You can actually also control the HD-Player conveniently from your sofa or arm chair with any Android or Apple tablet. You literally have your entire music collection at the tip of your finger and enjoy a rich graphical user interface (music archive, cover art, album and artist information) as you may have come to expect from the best computer software applications – entirely without software installation or network installation and certainly without keyboard and mouse – simply without computer.
… and when you hear the first sounds, you will hardly believe your ears. The music sounds so natural, realistic, with overwhelming dynamics and detail, with physical space, weight and mass and perfect timing – as you only know it from the best vinyl turn tables.
Even music ripped from a CD sounds generally better played back via the HD-Player than most CD-players. What at first sounds implausible – for how can a copy sound better than its original? – has its explanation in the technology of CD data extraction: CD-drives are real-time drives, i.e. they output what they read more or less immediately (save for a few seconds of FEC buffer). Given the high speeds of CD drives and the tolerances in mechanical and optical geometry as well as surface imperfections of the CD disc, reading errors are unavoidable. In contrast to that, ripping drives have no real-time requirements, so that the audio files can be read, re-read and re-re-read – at reduced speed if need be – until a bit-perfect, faultless copy of the music file is obtained, which is then committed to memory. Consequently, the ripped file is generally superior (as it contains fewer errors) to the playback of the same file from its original CD (exceptions are provided by very, very high quality CD-drives that have so small tolerances in mechanical and optical geometry that they get the CD data extraction right the first time – however, they generally come with a five digit EURO price tag).
Your entire Music Collection at the Tip of Your Finger
Copy your existing music files conveniently via network connection from your PC onto the internal storage media of the HD-Player or automatically via the USB-connection from an external USB-drive or download new music files from the internet. In this way you can transfer your entire digital music collection to the HD-Player and successively build it up and extend it. Thus, you have your entire music collection at your service – at any time – at the tip of your finger. The music files remain freely available to you so, of course, you can transfer and copy them ad libitum.
The HD-Players are optimized for highest fidelity of sound reproduction. They therefore offer the best possible playback of your digital music files, up to Studio Master Quality, i.e. the sound quality that the musicians and sound engineers heard themselves during recording and post-production in the studio. Contributing to this is the no-compromise digital signal processing of the HD-Players, the carefully designed separate power supplies for analogue and digital sections, the mechanical construction of the casing in separate chambers for all functional units as well as the high-end non-oversampling DAC without digital filters, delivering a most natural and analogue sound image.
Every HD-Player is individually ‘manu-factured’ by hand. The mechanical construction with massive chassis plates and separate chambers for every functional section minimizes the effects from vibration and electro-magnetic interference. The result is a device in which your valuable music files are stored as safely as in a vault. The combination of different materials like steel, aluminum and wood with their careful surface finishes gives each HD-Player its appearance of technical but understated elegance.
Music differs from all the other arts through not being reproductive of reality, but being most immediately reality itself. That is why music goes straight to the heart, without requiring the mind.