Cary Audio DMS-700 Network Audio Player

Music servers and computer audio
Cary Audio Design DMS-700

Moving on The Police’s third album, Zenyatta Mondatta [1980 A&M] and on 'Driven to Tears' I was struck by the exceptional clarity of Andy Summers chime like guitar chord progressions. There was nothing harsh. Clean and precise they floated between Sting’s roving bass line and the ultra-precise drum work of Stewart Copeland. Continuing to 'Shadows in the Rain' the DMS-700 conveyed the depth and space of this song’s lesser played version with great definition. The front and centre bass line had a lifelike timbre that showcased fingers on strings in an almost visual way. Speaking of bass lines Lou Reed’s Transformer album’s [1972 RCA] 'Walk on the Wild Side' in a 24/96 file without upscaling via SD Card was superb. The rasp of the upright bass and the incredible realism of the backup singers was spot on. Lou’s voice was front and centre with terrific soul and clarity. The DMS-700 delivers even when it is not asked to do more than pass on a direct file read. Regardless of how a file was delivered to the DMS-700 it was treated with care and delivered to your ears as you would want.

Cary's DMS-700 is less than half the price of many streaming devices currently available, but it is a fully featured flagship unit. The good news is the Cary Audio DMS-700 delivers. Not just in the expected sound quality, which is exceptional, but in its execution of its tasks. This is a very well thought out unit. Software works both in process as well as in elegant function. It is easy to get around despite a diverse selection of tasks to address. Upgrades will keep it relevant for years and are made in a direct and simple way by an easy-to-use app. The front screen is easy to read from a distance, the remote is simple to use, I can place it anywhere in the room because I can connect via WIFI or Ethernet and, by the way it looks great on the rack. What is not to like? Cary Audio sells through a network of brick-and-mortar dealers and via direct if you are not close to one. They have the expertise in analogue to pass that DNA through to their digital children. This device is the best of both worlds. An audition is suggested with one caveat; Make sure you have funds in your bank account before you bring it home. I doubt you will return it.


Digital Inputs: USB × 3, SD Card × 1; Bluetooth ×1; AES/EBU ×1, Coaxial ×2, Toslink ×1, Ethernet RJ45 full remote configuration interface; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac support MU-MIMO, Trigger input 12VDC ×1; IR control ×1

Bluetooth: CSR Bluetooth v 4.0 with aptX® HD for 24 Bit/48 kHz high 

definition audio decoder

Digital Outputs: Coaxial, Toslink operating at Sample Frequency (Fs) from 

44.1 kHz to 384 kHz, 16 bit to 24 bit, DSD64, DSD128

Analogue Outputs: Balanced XLR, Single – Ended RCA

System Clock: Frequency 22.5792 MHz

Signal System: 16, 20, 24, & 32 bit PCM and 1 bit DSD

Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz to 384 kHz PCM and 2.822MHz–

22.5792 MHz DSD

Playback Format Supply: .dsf, .dff (DSD64, 128, 256, 512), .aif, .aiff, .alac, 

.flac, .m4a, .mp4, .wav, .ape, .mp3, .aac, .wma, .ogg, .asf

Digital/Analog Converters: 1–4 channel AK4499EQ for true balanced 


Digital Filter: 32-Bit  8x Oversampling Digital Filter

Analogue Filter: 3rd Order Bessel

Digital Input Sample Rate: USB operating at Sample Frequency (Fs) from 

44.1 kHz to 705.6 kHz, 16 bit to 32 bit, DSD 64, 128, 256 and 512 Communication: 

Frequency Range: 2 Hz–100kHz

Amplitude Linearity: 0.1 dB (20 Hz–20 kHz)

Phase Linearity: 3 degrees (20 Hz–20 kHz)

Dynamic Range: 124 dB (1 kHz)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 127 dB (1 kHz)

Channel Separation: 107 dB (1 kHz)

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0001% (1 kHz)

Audio Output Level: 2.0V RMS (220 Ω output impedance) for Volume at 

0.0dB; 3.0V RMS (220 Ω output impedance) for Volume at +8.0dB Balanced XLR Output: +/- 2.0V RMS (440 Ω output impedance) for 

Volume at 0.0dB; +/- 3.0V RMS (440 Ω output impedance) for Volume at +8.0dB

Finish: Faceplate available in either Silver or Black anodised finish Dimensions: 3.75" H × 17.25" W × 16.25" D

Weight: 28 lbs

Price: €8,900

Manufacturer: Cary Audio


European distributor: MGY OU


Email: [email protected]

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