dCS is founded in Cambridge, England by Oxford University graduate Mike Story and a team of electronics engineers. The company starts out offering consultancy services to aviation and aerospace companies, and soon earns a reputation as a leading expert in signal conversion. Its work in this field leads to collaborations with the Ministry of Defence, including a commission to design the Blue Vixen radar system for the Royal Navy’s Sea Harrier FA 2 jets.
Alongside its work in aviation, dCS begins exploring how its technologies can be applied to digital audio. Mike – an audiophile with friends in the recording industry – sets his sights on creating digital converters for professional studios.