[Mosaic UG] -- 1: Introduction to dCS Mosaic

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What is dCS Mosaic?

dCS Mosaic is a carefully assembled collection of hardware and software modules which, when combined, provide a listener easy and intuitive access to a vast catalogue of digital music. Whether it’s high resolution files on the listener’s own server or an internet radio station broadcast from a distant land, dCS Mosaic removes all of the associated technical complexity and ensures that the music one loves is only a few convenient taps away.

To familiarise you with the naming convention of the Mosaic components a brief description of each is included below.

Component Description
dCS Mosaic dCS Mosaic is the product name for the audio streaming and networked control functionality of dCS products.
dCS Mosaic Control dCS Mosaic Control is the name of the new dCS unified music management and control app. It supports both iOS and Android devices.
dCS Mosaic Processor The dCS Mosaic Processor is the physical hardware component and associated software that is installed in the dCS product to provide streaming functionality.

What does dCS Mosaic do?

dCS Mosaic is an extensive suite of technologies that work in unison to remove the complexities associated with multi-format and multi-source streaming audio. Key features include:

  • Browse a variety of streaming media sources via an intuitive interface in order to find digital music content.
  • Perform content searches based on artist, album, track, or playlist name.
  • Interact with advanced features provided by some streaming services such as favourites, playlists, and enhanced metadata.
  • Add tracks from any source to a unified playback queue which can be reordered at will.
  • View detailed information about the currently playing track including metadata, artwork, playback position and media format.
  • Perform basic playback functions such as play/pause, skip forward/back, shuffle, and repeat.
  • Conveniently manage the basic audio settings of a dCS device such as volume level, mute, and phase.
  • View and manage all settings related to the digital signal processing being performed by the dCS device.
  • View and manage the complete configuration of the dCS device.
  • Control all accessible dCS devices from the dCS Mosaic Control app.
  • Utilise Roon as a media management platform with Mosaic as a Roon Ready zone.
  • Cast content to dCS devices using Airplay and Spotify Connect.

How do I get dCS Mosaic?

Version 1.0 of dCS Mosaic is available as a two-part software installation. You will need both Mosaic Control 1.0 (the app) and Mosaic Processor 1.0 (the device firmware).

Getting dCS Mosaic Control

Mosaic Control is available for iOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play respectively. You can find the app in either store by entering ‘dCS Mosaic Control’ into the search box. Alternatively you can use the QR codes below or tap on the App Store or Google Play icons.

dCS Mosaic Control for iOS dCS Mosaic Control for Android
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Getting dCS Mosaic Processor

Mosaic Processor 1.0 is fully compatible with all currently-shipping dCS network-enabled products. It’s available via a simple online firmware update.

Since Mosaic Processor 1.0 is required in order for Mosaic Control to function you will be walked through the update process when you first run Mosaic Control.

Read through the next section of this document (Getting Started) for a detailed walk-through of the steps you’ll need to take to get up and running with Mosaic.


Supported dCS Products

dCS Mosaic Processor 1.0 is available as a firmware update and is supported on the following dCS products with the minimum firmware revisions listed.

dCS Product Minimum Firmware Revision
dCS Network Bridge Main Board 1.02
dCS Bartók Main Board 1.00
dCS Rossini Main Board 2.00
dCS Vivaldi One CB: 1.11, FP: 1.10, IB: 1.10
dCS Vivaldi Upsampler 2.0 CB: 2.10, FP: 2.10, IB: 2.10

Supported Control Devices

The dCS Mosaic Control app is available for the following mobile devices.

Mobile Device Minimum Hardware Minimum OS
Apple iPhone iPhone 5S iOS 11.x
Apple iPod iPod touch 6th Generation iOS 11.x
Apple iPad iPad Mini 2 iOS 11.x
Android Phone N/A Android 6.x
Android Tablet N/A Android 6.x

Supported Media Sources

dCS Mosaic is suite of tools designed to alleviate the complexity of digital audio streaming so a dCS customer can simply enjoy listening to music. In order to provide an uncompromising user experience, we have limited our official support to the following media sources detailed below. Other combinations of apps and sources may work, but they are not directly supported by dCS.

dCS Mosaic supports digital music streams from the following sources when the dCS device is controlled with the dCS Mosaic Control app:

  • UPnP (in conjunction with Minimserver)
  • USB storage attached to the dCS device
  • Deezer Hi-Fi
  • Qobuz
  • Internet radio
  • Podcasts

In addition to the above, the following streaming sources are supported without the use of the dCS Mosaic Control app:

  • Airplay
  • Spotify Connect
  • Roon

Supported Media Types

Files and media streams in the following formats are fully supported by dCS Mosaic:

Stream Format Stream Type
PCM (lossless) WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC
PCM (lossy) MP3, AAC
MQA FLAC with proper MQA tagging

Specific Exclusions

The following features may have been available in past dCS streaming offerings but have been excluded from the first release of dCS Mosaic. The status of these features is detailed below.

  • Control of a dCS disc transport is not available in version 1.0 via dCS Mosaic Control. App control is still available using the legacy dCS app for your device.
  • Grid-based browsing is not available in Mosaic 1.0.
  • On-device stored playlists are not available via the dCS Mosaic app. Legacy playlist support is available via the legacy app.
  • Navigation bookmarks are not available in Mosaic 1.0.
  • Mosaic does not support TiVo / Rovi enhanced metadata.
  • Mosaic does not support OGG or WMA file formats.

Some of these features may be planned for future development and others will sunset with the retirement of the legacy dCS apps.

Anything else I should know?

This user guide provides comprehensive documentation of the dCS Mosaic Control interface and is required reading if you want to get the most out of dCS Mosaic and your dCS product. We suggest you run through the next section (Getting Started) with dCS Mosaic Control installed on your iOS or Android device. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Should you have any questions while you familiarise yourself with dCS Mosaic we suggest that you check the Mosaic FAQ section on this site. If your question isn’t answered there we encourage you to post your query in the #support area and we’ll be there to help.

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