All previously reviewed COS Engineering products had me fully convinced about their makers’ solid designer know-how and no lesser attention to sound quality. Their latest effort not only reinforced this opinion, but it also emerged in my roster as the most impressive and accomplished COS development to date.
The COS Engineering D10 felt as luxurious, aesthetically pleasing and nicely put together as its siblings yet surpassed them all on utility, versatility and smarts, which is hardly surprising considering that’s the only COS platform fit for up to five different jobs. However, the D10’s optional slide-in boards easy to install at home and available whenever one feels like pursuing them are what truly makes this clever modular twist special. The ability to accommodate extra features like so also shows team COS’ highly admirable pro-consumer thoughtfulness and future-proofing skills.
Although I barely licked the latest COS’ headfi out and its phono remains a mystery as well, as a DAC/pre/streamer package it delivered on all sonic fronts well enough to often have two its far pricier competitors on standby, which isn’t easy to pull off. The D10’s fully adult captivating performance combined with broad functionality, fab looks and versatility resulted in an impressive multitasker priced generously for what it is. ‘Til next time!