With digital audio continuing to overtake the world of consumer audio through the increasing availability of streaming services, downloads and even music creation tools, companies like the British audio manufacturer dCS have grown in popularity.
Stepping up to keep pace with the growing demand for digital audio solutions dCS has announced its new Vivaldi 2.0 system.
Originally released back in 2012, the updated Vivaldi system utilizes the company's Vivaldi Transport, Vivaldi DAC, Vivaldi Upsampler and Vivaldi Master Clock components that have all been updated. Described as a cost no object, state-of-the-art digital audio playback solution, Vivaldi 2.0 is designed to play just about every audio format used in the consumer industry.
At the heart of the Vivaldi 2.0 System is dCS' latest generation Ring digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that is said to offer the highest levels of performance. The U.K.-based company explains some of the improvements made to the system include double-speed DSD upsampling was added to the Transport; new gain settings, and a new mapping algorithm and a new DSD filter were added to the DAC.
Some of other other improvements also include double-speed DSD upsampling for the Upsampler, and a new USB interface board that augments performance and provides support for TIDAL, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and a new music playback app were also added to the Upsampler.
Dealers can update clients' existing Vivaldi DAC and Transport owners' products through dCS' update discs, and dCS points out that Vivaldi Upsamplers in need of updates can be sent back to authorized service centers to perform the necessary hardware and software updates.
Once the 2.0 software has been installed, dCS adds that future updates can be performed via CD, USB or web downloads.
MSRPs are as follows for the Vivaldi 2.0 System:
- Vivaldi Transport: $42,000
- Vivaldi DAC: $36,000
- Vivaldi Upsampler: $22,000
- Vivaldi Master Clock: $15,000