The sweet sound of success as Tech Corridor based dCS wins top innovation award

Tech Corridor based business dCS wins prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise for recognition of their groundbreaking audio technology

David Steven, Managing Director of dCS, is presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Cambridge based digital audio manufacturers dCS were presented with their award by Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

The company received the prestigious Innovation award in recognition of the technology developed for its flagship Vivaldi Digital Playback System – specifically the digital processing platform, the latest version of its ground-breaking Ring DACTM technology and its new network audio platform and control software.

Whilst visiting dCS’s offices, Mrs Julie Spence and Deputy Lieutenant Mr Jeremy Newsum enjoyed a tour of the company’s on-site factory and R&D unit, where all of its high-end audio products are developed and hand-assembled, as well as the company’s state-of-the-art listening room.

Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, said of the award:

This is the highest official award for British businesses. dCS has received the Queen’s Award in 2019 for the technology inside its flagship Vivaldi Digital Playback System. The superior sound quality of the system has led it to be adopted globally as the benchmark for the industry. All manufactured and designed in the UK, each dCS product sets the standard within its class and is unrivalled in its ability to bring people closer to music. Today is a celebration for the whole company and an achievement of which every single member of staff can feel proud.”

Left to right: Chris Hales, Product Development Director at dCS; the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, His Honour Neil McKittrick; Mr Jeremy Newsum DL; David Steven, Managing Director at dCS; Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire; Andy McHarg, Technical Director of dCS.


To win this coveted award, dCS also had to demonstrate how its business impacts positively on the local community and society, its environmental impact, how its employees are supported and its ethical trading practices. The company’s use of almost exclusively UK-sourced components, along with its investment in people and customer service, all contributed to the win.


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.  The awards are allocated under the categories of Innovation, International Trade, Promoting Opportunity and Sustainable Development.

The East of England region received a total of 23 awards this year with great representation from across the Tech Corridor region.  Other winners included Norwich based Liftshare (Sustainable Development), Loddon based Panel Graphic (International Trade) and Cambridge based Luminance Technologies (Innovation)