The DC-2 can be thought of as four units in one. At its heart is a reference-quality 8-channel music and film digital audio computer capable of creating or recreating a limitless amount of listening environments. This digital audio computer is mated to an 8-channel, 24-bit Digital-to-Analog converter that rivals the most exotic and costly stand-alone devices. To harness all of this digital audio power, the DC-2 also includes a built-in line-level preamplifier with 8 analog audio inputs and 8 digital audio inputs for easy integration with multiple source components. Since many of these source components are also capable of outputting high quality video signals, the DC-2 includes a high-quality composite and S-video switcher. The DC-2 also includes provisions for adding a digital output, and a second RS-232 port as well as three expansion ports for future enhancements. The back panel includes a bare wire block terminal for trigger outputs for easy connection to associated equipment.
The DC-2 is designed to satisfy the most rigorous demands, while retaining simplicity for casual use as well. Using the system can be as simple as pressing an input key and turning the volume up and down. Less-used functions are organized into a simple on-screen menu system and "hidden" buttons on the remote control. Controls are provided to accommodate virtually any system configuration and to allow for varying recording, mixing, and transmission styles, as well as for system control from a second zone, and for control by sophisticated automation systems.