Cary Audio DMS-500 music streamer

Music servers and computer audio
Cary Audio Design DMS-500

The feature set on this Cary makes it a very appealing option for anyone looking to get the most out of digital audio today. It allows access to all the key sources, both new and old, and its flexibility with regard to storage systems is almost unprecedented. That it doesn’t represent the last word in transparency is foiled by a relaxed and musical demeanour that means the vast majority of formats will sound appealing. Which is particularly useful if it’s used with streams from mobile devices. My final session with the DMS-500 involved the ground breaking Innuos Zenith SE network server, which gave it a boost that made things very enjoyable indeed. And that after all is the point of the exercise, is it not? 


Type: Solid-state network streamer, DAC, digital preamplifier

Analogue Inputs: none

Digital Inputs: Two coaxial S/PDIF (via RCA jacks), one TOSLink, one AES/EBU, three USB A, one SD card reader

DAC Resolution/Supported Digital Formats: USB: 44.1-384kHz, 16 bit to 32 bit, DSD 64, 128, 
256 and 512. Bluetooth: 44.1kHz, 16 bit. AES/EBU, coaxial, Toslink: 44.1-192 kHz, 16 bit to 24 bit, MQA

Music services/Wi-Fi inputs: Tidal, Spotify Connect, vTuner, Bluetooth aptX

Analogue Outputs: One stereo balanced 
(via XLR connectors), one stereo unbalanced 
(via RCA jacks)

Digital Outputs: One coaxial S/PDIF (via RCA jack), one TOSLink

Frequency Range: 2Hz–100kHz

Distortion (THD): 0.0004% (1 kHz)

User Interface: 4.7inch display (on main unit), Cary control app for iOS, Android

Dimensions (H×W×D): 95 ×438 ×412mm

Weight: 10.7kg

Price: £4,700

Manufacturer: Cary Audio

Distributed in the UK by: MGY


Tel: +372 880 3580

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