Following several months of research and development, dCS launches a new, enhanced version of the dCS Ring DAC. The Ring DAC APEX brings a number of measured improvements: noise and distortion are reduced even further, and linearity is increased by over 12dB. It also brings a wide range of sonic benefits, with listeners noting improved dynamics, rhythm and timing, enhanced image focus, soundstaging and resolution, and more precise and tonally resolved vocals, among other features.
The upgrade is made available with all new Vivaldi DACs, Rossini DACs, and Rossini Players, and to existing Vivaldi DAC, Vivaldi One, Rossini DAC, and Rossini Player owners via a global upgrade programme. A limited-edition, APEX edition of the Vivaldi One is launched soon after, allowing customers an opportunity to experience the beloved single-chassis Network Music Player and CD/SACD Transport with the latest generation Ring DAC hardware.
“To hear what the Vivaldi Apex can provide is mesmerizing”
The Absolute Sound
“APEX has pushed back the boundaries by defining a whole new level of musical performance”
dCS also launches Lina: a new product series comprising a Network Streaming DAC, Master Clock, and Headphone Amplifier. The Lina series combines renowned dCS technologies with a wealth of new features and innovations. Highly capable and hugely versatile, it is designed to excel in both two-channel audio systems, and more intimate headfi setups, catering to those who prefer listening with loudspeakers, headphones and a mix of the two.
Lina’s purpose-built mechanical and electronic designs allow dCS to deliver a huge range of features in a compact footprint, without compromising on sound or performance, making it the perfect system for a wide range of environments, from dedicated listening rooms to smaller living and workspaces. The series delivers all the benefits people have come to expect from dCS – flexibility, upgradability, and an outstanding sonic and measured performance – in a bold new format, offering a unique experience for music lovers.
"Truly remarkable…neutral, transparent and highly revealing"
"Astonishingly capable and beautifully realised"
In October, the dCS Bartók receives a major performance upgrade. Bartók 2.0 is a firmware update delivered free of charge to Bartók owners. It brings a number of new features and functionalities to the Bartók DAC and Bartók Headphone DAC, including new mapper settings, an upsampling improvement and new DSD filter options.
"Bartók 2.0 Easily exceeds the performance of the original...simply brilliant"
The Audio Beat