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Engineered for the ultimate listening experience, the Vivaldi APEX reflects our uncompromising attitude, relentless innovation, and obsessive attention to detail. Featuring a dedicated DAC, Upsampler, Clock and CD/SACD Transport, it separates the core aspects of the playback process for a performance that is technically precise and musically profound

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The digital heart of the Vivaldi system, our world-famous DAC decodes audio with astonishing focus. Featuring the latest generation dCS Ring DAC™ APEX, it delivers a performance unmatched in its realism, depth, and emotion



Our digital-to-digital converter acts as the hub of your system, accessing music from any source and converting audio from its native sample rate to high-resolution DSD, DXD or PCM, providing a complete listening experience with astonishing levels of detail and depth


CD/SACD Transport II

Our Mark II Transport ensures Vivaldi listeners experience the finest sound from their silver discs. It combines proven dCS technologies and a dual wavelength laser mechanism in a meticulously crafted aluminium chassis


Master Clock

Based on our pioneering developments in studio and home audio, our Grade 1 master clock generates a precise reference signal that keeps your Vivaldi system running perfectly in sync, ensuring a natural, lifelike and three-dimensional performance


Vivaldi One APEX

Our limited edition Vivaldi One is a single-box SACD/CD and Network Player that supports music from any digital source, in addition to streaming audio via network input. Exquisitely finished, it offers a sublime experience and state-of-the-art functionality


CD/SACD Transport

The Vivaldi Transport combines a TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo mechanism with proprietary dCS signal processing to extract revelatory levels of detail from CD and delivering the ultimate in silver disc replay


Otherworldly Performance

With total precision and composure, the Vivaldi unravels even the most complex recordings with ease, projecting a sound that feels utterly natural and beautifully complete. Under its delicate hand and invisible touch, music comes alive, with each note unfolding to reveal a panoramic view of a recording or mix.

From the smallest inflections to the swiftest shifts in tempo and tone, it captures it all with a sense of perfect rhythm and flow. With its wide and far-reaching gaze, it uncovers not just the fine details in a recording, but the silences and spaces in between - the tension, drama and emotions that lie beneath.

Crafted for the purest musical expression, the Vivaldi is designed to disappear, leaving you absorbed in sound and immersed in the world that an artist creates. Its pioneering architecture builds on three decades of innovation to present our most ambitious system yet: a four-chassis design with almost limitless potential.

With the Vivaldi’s launch, we devised a blueprint for a new generation of digital playback systems. We reimagined our core technologies - including our Ring DAC™ system, clocking architecture and the dCS Digital Processing Platform - and developed a new technical DNA that has shaped the creation of each dCS product since.

Unrivalled in its sonic and technical abilities, the Vivaldi has earned global acclaim for its ground-breaking design and captivating sound. A product of visionary thinking, and fearless engineering, it remains the most revealing and lowest distortion playback system available - and its design continues to evolve.

With the Vivaldi APEX, we’ve once again redefined state-of-the-art in digital audio. We’ve further enhanced the Vivaldi DAC with the addition of our next generation Ring DAC APEX™ hardware. This major upgrade allows us to take the Vivaldi’s world-leading performance to a new level - resulting in an even more immersive musical experience.


APEX is a new, enhanced version of the dCS Ring DAC™: the Digital to Analogue conversion system found inside all dCS DACs. First developed for our professional audio products, this unique system has been subject to continuous development and refinement over the past three decades, and remains renowned for its technical and sonic performance.

With APEX, we've reconfigured the Ring DAC's™ circuit board and developed a new analogue output stage. This has allowed us to further reduce distortion, and increase linearity, resulting in a range of measured and sonic improvements - including an even greater sense of dynamic drive, detail, finesse and vitality.

Limitless Potential

Compatible with all high-resolution music formats, the Vivaldi is a system that can flex to serve whatever mood or music you ask it to. Whether you’re streaming or spinning discs, it offers superlative sound and an effortless listening experience. And with its wide range of settings and filters, its performance can be tailored to suit your music collection and audio setup.

The Vivaldi DAC features AES3, Dual AES, SDIF-2 and S/PDIF inputs, along with an asynchronous USB 2.0 interface. Its enhanced digital volume control allows direct connection to a power amplifier, removing the need for a separate preamp, and its maximum output can be set to one of four levels to suit a range of amplifier and speaker combinations.

Thanks to its high-performance UPnP streamer, the Vivaldi upsampler provides instant access to audio from a wide range of streaming services, including Roon, TIDAL, Spotify, Qobuz, Deezer and Internet Radio, as well as external devices and storage drives. Add a CD/SACD Transport and you have a system that delivers extraordinary sound from any digital source.

Playback is easily managed via our Mosaic platform, which allows you to browse music from multiple libraries and adjust the settings on your dCS system through a single mobile app. Available on all Android and iOS devices, it provides endless choice and complete control over your listening experience through a simple, intuitive interface.

APEX DAC Key Features

  • dCS Ring DAC APEX™ hardware further reduces distortion and improves linearity for enhanced musical performance
  • Utilises the latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform for state-of-the-art measured performance and unrivalled fidelity
  • Designed for maximum flexibility by accepting audio data from a variety of digital sources
  • Flexible output configuration can be optimised in systems with or without preamplifiers
  • Comprehensive clocking architecture plus an auto-clocking mode used in the Vivaldi range improves ease-of-use and minimises jitter
  • USB interface allows easy connection to a computer, accepting PCM data at up to 24/384 and DoP (DSD/64 or DSD/128 over PCM)
  • The interface runs in asynchronous USB mode, making the DAC immune to jitter from noisy computer master clocks
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations
  • Multi-stage regulation ensures sensitive analogue circuitry is unaffected by digital interference
  • Separate power circuits for the digital and analogue sections further enhance the purity of the power supply
  • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration
  • Features a full MQA™ decoder. This MQA™ implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise


  • Digital-to-Analogue Converter
  • Silver or Black
  • 444mm/17.5” x 435mm/17.2” x 151mm/6.0” high. Allow extra depth for cable connectors. Allow space for air flow around the unit
  • 16.2kg/35.65lbs
  • dCS proprietary Ring DAC™ topology, with a choice of 3MHz or 6MHz operation
  • 1 x pair balanced outputs on 2x XLR connectors. Output levels: 0.2V, 0.6V, 2V, 6V rms for a full-scale input, set in the menu. Output impedance: 3Ω. Maximum load: 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended); 1x pair unbalanced outputs on 2x RCA connectors. Output levels: 0.2V, 0.6V, 2V, 6V rms for a full-scale input, set in the menu. Output impedance: 52Ω. Maximum load: 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended)
  • USB 2.0 interface on B-type connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 – 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD128 in DoP format; 4x AES/EBU inputs on 3-pin female XLR connectors, accepts 24-bit 32 – 192kS/s PCM & DSD/64 in DoP format; 2 x Dual AES pairs, accepts 24-bit 88.2 – 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format; 2 x SPDIF on RCA Phono connectors, accepts 24-bit 32-192kS/s PCM & DSD/64 in DoP format; 1 x SPDIF on BNC connector, accepts 24-bit 32-192kS/s PCM & DSD/64 in DoP format; 1 x SPDIF on TOSLINK connector, accepts 24-bit 32 – 96kS/s PCM; 1 x SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, accepts 24-bit 32 – 96kS/s PCM or SDIF-2 DSD (auto selected). This interface requires a compatible Word Clock input, locked to the correct data rate
  • 3 x Word Clock Inputs on BNC connectors, accept standard Word Clock at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple of the clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels; 1 x Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector. With Sync Mode set to Master, a TTL-compatible 44.1kHz Word Clock is output. In Universal Master Mode, a 38.4kHz Word Clock is output for use with the Vivaldi Upsampler
  • Better than -113dB0 @ 20Hz-20kHz unweighted (6V setting)
  • Better than -115dB0, 20-20kHz
  • Better than -105dB0 @ 20-20kHz
  • PCM mode: 4 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. 2 extra filters are available at 44.1, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384kS/s. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce out-of-audio band noise level (inherent in the 1 bit nature of DSD), plus Filter 5 which has an improved transient response
  • Loaded from CD-R via PCM inputs or PC via USB interface
  • dCS Universal Remote is supplied as standard. RS232 (controlled by the Vivaldi Upsampler / app or a third party device)
  • Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 50-60Hz
  • 23 Watts typical/50 Watts maximum

“Both addictive and musically immersive…. Aural art at its finest.”

- Hi-Fi+

Uncompromising Design

The Vivaldi represents British engineering at its finest. Designed and hand-assembled at our headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, it is a product of meticulous craft, exhaustive development and an obsessive attention to detail: a relentless pursuit of musical purity that inspired us to reimagine the limits of sound reproduction.

With the Vivaldi’s creation, we set out to develop a new visual language for dCS. Referencing the signature wave developed for our Paganini and Puccini systems, we developed a distinctive and timeless aesthetic that blends order and precision with artistic expression.

The curves on its fascia represent movement, rhythm, life and natural forms - a nod to our emotional connection with music and the sound that inspires us to create - while its understated top and side panels, streamlined controls and ordered rear panel help to aid performance and ease of use.

Each model is encased in aerospace-grade aluminium - a material chosen for its acoustic properties - and fitted with internal acoustic damping panels to reduce mechanical vibration and magnetic effects. Panels are sculpted using state-of-the-art milling machines and treated with a smooth and durable pearlescent coating.

From its external casework to the unique software and hardware deep within its core, each aspect of the system has been honed and refined to present sound with the lowest possible levels of distortion and noise - providing a robust architecture that delivers an outstanding experience no matter how you choose to use it.

Crafted from the finest materials, and built to exacting standards, each system is exhaustively tested and inspected prior to leaving our factory to ensure it delivers the utmost reliability and the finest possible sound.


Joint Overall Product of the Year 2023

- Stereophile

The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award Winner 2023

- The Absolute Sound

APEX - Winner of the Tone Audio Masterpiece Award 2022

- Tone Audio

"The APEX upgrade delivers a vast jump in every aspect of the Vivaldi One’s performance…"

- Tone Audio

"unquestionably a technical masterpiece"

- Hifi +

"Recorded music has never sounded as full, rich, flowing, rewarding, and natural…"

- Stereophile

Product of the Year Award 2022

- The Absolute Sound

“To hear what the Vivaldi Apex can provide is mesmerizing”

- The Absolute Sound

"The APEX DAC sounded more natural, more organic, more...human"

- HiFi News

"The most versatile digital system I’ve used and also - by far - the most sonically complete"

- The Audio Beat

"the new Ring DAC APEX technology will offer even more of what they appreciate"

- Hi-fi News

"[The] Himalayan heights of digital playback…. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be happy with it"

- The Absolute Sound

"One of the precious few systems ... that completely disappears and lets you fully enjoy the music."

- Tone Audio

"A majestic performer that enraptures the listener, whatever one chooses to play"

- Hi-Fi News

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