The Korg DS-DAC AudioGate USB Audio Playback system is comprised of Korg's proprietary AudioGate 3 soft-
ware, plus a choice of the DS-DAC 100 or DS-DAC 100m hardware interfaces. Both are USB digital-to-analog
converters that will allow any Windows (ASIO) or Mac (Core Audio) user to play back their audio with the highest
possible fidelity (DSD 2.8 MHz or 5.6 MHz). These interfaces are designed to provide enjoyment of high definition
sound, whether on a home computer, or on-the-go with a laptop, even in the most critical listening situations.
By using DS-DAC 100m or DS-DAC 100 (which includes both RCA and balanced XLR outputs) with
Korg’s AudioGate 3—the latest version of AudioGate audio playback and audio format conversion
software —users can play back their existing audio from CDs, downloads or other sources, as
high-quality DSD audio on their computer or laptop, resulting in audio playback that sounds better
The benefit of audio conversion via AudioGate software is a purer end result: experiencing the audio as it was originally intended. The audio passes through with-
out the hardware filtering or modulation present in other available D/A converters, thereby eliminating potential noise and distortion. Audio files will sound better
because the converted, pure DSD stream bypasses potentially damaging processes in the audio path."
In addition to a 1⁄4" stereo headphone output, the stylish DS-DAC-100 provides convenient XLR and gold-plated RCA outputs for connecting to devices like power
amplifiers. The DS-DAC-100m’s streamlined design and familiar 1⁄4" stereo headphone output will make a perfect point of entry for those new to DSD audio. Both
the DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m support ASIO, WDM (Direct Sound, WASAPI) and Core Audio drivers. Installing the Korg USB Audio Device Driver will allow
native 1-bit DSD playback on either Mac or PC. Supported audio input sample rates range from 44.1 - 192 kHz for PCM data, while both 2.8224 MHz and 5.6448 MHz
are supported in the 1-bit DSD realm.
DS-DAC-100 and DS-DAC-100m users can download AudioGate 3 software from korg.com at no charge. A free lite version of the software is available for custom-
ers who are just getting started listening to DSD.
Sure, enjoying optimal sound in the world of PC audio requires a high-quality audio source, but the sound has to be conveyed directly to the ears without any
impairment of that quality to complete the experience. To ensure we can provide headphones of the appropriate quality, we have partnered with the Phonon Cor-
poration, whose SMB-02 headphones are amongst the most respected in the audiophile community. Thus, in conjunction with KORG AudioGate, we are offering an
edition of the Phonon Corporation’s SMB-02 headphones that were tuned specifically for the DS-DAC: the SMB-02 DS-DAC EDITION. When these headphones are
used in conjunction with AudioGate, you can enjoy a complete system in which three steps are fused into a seamless unity: audio source processing (software),
audio output (DA converter), and playback system (headphones).
• AudioGate 3 and the DS-DAC interfaces provide the simplest and yet most comprehensive high-quality playback system available
• Real-time DSD conversion delivers optimum sound
• AudioGate 3 features a completely refreshed user interface for greatly improved usability
• Native DSD playback of 2.8224 MHz or 5.6448 MHz DSD files
• AudioGate 3 supports playback for a comprehensive range of audio formats such as 24 bit (192/96kHz), 16bit WAV, FLAC, MP3 and more
• Pro-quality hardware design that builds on the achievements of the MR series DSD recorders
• Stable, dedicated Win/Mac drivers developed specifically for AudioGate 3 and the DS-DAC series