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Innuos Servers

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The Innuos music server is an extremely great value today in high fidelity audio. Created by a computer software engineer who’s passion for music and high fidelity lead him to building these amazing music servers.  Ripping and storing all your CD’s is just the beginning. The build quality and fidelity is unparalleled at these price points, guaranteed!

MUSIC SERVERS

Music Servers
The ZEN MkII Music Server Series perfectly embodies our core principles to bring Digital Music to new heights. It is composed by three models, powered by innuOS, with increasing audiophile refinement: ZENmini, ZEN and ZENith MkII Music Servers.

MOVIE AND MUSIC SERVERS

Movie and Music Servers
Enjoy all your movies and music with the best quality, whether on an high-end home cinema setup or just playing to your SmartTV or Wireless Speakers.

Zen mini standard

Zen Mini MkII Std. 

1TB (HDD) – $1199 

2TB (HDD) – $1299 

Zen Mk.II Std

 

Zen MkII Std.

2TB (HDD) – $2399 

4TB (HDD) – $2799 

 

Zenith

Zenith MkII Std.

1TB (SSD) – $3399 

2TB (SSD) – $4199 

4TB (SSD) – $5999  

Zenith SE

Zenith SE   *SOLD OUT*

2TB (SSD) – $7000 

 


Aqua Acoustic Quality

 

 


La Voce S3 D/A – $4750

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A Newly Refined Second-Generation La Voce D/A converter makes its debut
The new La Voce S3 combines product innovation and state-of-the-art technology, producing superior sound performance and the best styling.
Designed to provide absolute modularity and the ultimate in sound quality, La Voce S3 D/A converter is the culmination of years of aqua’s research in the areas of electronic engineering in relation to digital audio reproduction.Further refined La Voce S3, a revolutionary design which employs modular R2R type converters in DFD configuration.

FEATURES

• High performance proprietary DFD (Direct From Decoder) digital decoding without digital filter for purest digital signal quality

• Galvanic isolated S/PDIF – AES/EBU Digital input

• Jitter free digital interface AQlink (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to La Diva cd transport

• Zero S/PDIF Jitter design, digital receiver stage PLL (phase locked loop) technology

• precision sign magnitude R2R ladder DAC with 2 Burr-Brown PCM -1704 arrayed in  dual mono configuration (PCM1704 DAC option)

• Passive current / voltage conversion (I / V)

• Discrete Regulator (MOSFET, J-FET, BJT) for analog and digital DAC’s power supply

• RJ45 (AQlink) input connection, employs CAT6 cable

• 2 separate low noise power transformers, one for the analog and one for the digital section

• MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board system

• Fully discrete analog stage, not even a single Op-Amp is used

• Proprietary USB Firmware / driver :
Apple MAC OS – Linux OS : USB asynchronous native support, no need to install drivers software

• Fully upgradeable Bit perfect asynchronous USB module with resolution up to 24 bit and 192 KHz, operates with computers running OSX 10.7 and above, WINDOWS 10 , 8 , 7 and XP ASIO – WASAPI bit perfect high-speed

• AQ-i modular input: D111 XLR | D112 AT&T ST Fiber | D113 RCA | D114 TOSLINK with High Resolution platform

• Digital phase selector on front panel

• High-quality parts selected for sound quality:
– 105° long life capacitors
– low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors
– metallized film pulse capacitor
– ultra-fast diodes

• Aluminum anti-resonant cabinet with Nextel

• Designed and handmade in Italy

• Input:
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – 24 bit / 192kHz
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  24 bit / 192kHz
– USB port  –  24 bit / 192kHz
– MODULAR INPUT upgradeable, options:
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  24 bit / 192kHz
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  24 bit / 192kHz
– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  24 bit / 192kHz
– Optical TOSLINK –  24 bit / 96kHz

• Analog output:
– RCA single-ended
– XLR balanced asymmetrical


DATASHEET
SPECIFICATIONS

DAC architecture
Multibit sign magnitude R2R ladder (upgradable)
Supported Native Sample Rates
AQlink / I2S serial bus  – USB PC Audio : 44.1kHz to 192kHz PCM up to 24 bits
Digital filter
Proprietary DFD (Direct From Decoder) digital decoding without digital filter
Asynchronous USB (High Speed)
USB Audio Class 2 with Type B connector
Digital Receiver
PLL (phase locked loop) technology 128 or 256 FS internally selectable
AQlink (I2S bus)
CMOS level
Oversampling factor
1x
Digital inputs
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – 24 bit / 192 KHz
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  24 bit / 192 KHz
– USB port  –  24 bit / 192 KHz
AQ-i modular input:
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  24 bit / 192 KHz (cod. D111)
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  24 bit / 192 KHz(cod. D113)
– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  24 bit / 192 KHz(cod. D112)
– Optical TOSLINK –  24 bit / 96 KHz (cod. D114)
Analogue Outputs
UNBAL 2 RCA Output 2.1 V RMS
BALANCED (asymmetrical output) 2 XLR Output : 4.2V RMS
Output Impedance
100 ohm RCA – 200 ohm XLR
Load Impedance
10 kohm (min.) RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz +0.5dB/-0.5dB
THD + N
<0.1% 1KHz -20dB
Front Panel
Power, input selector, Phase Invert switch
Power Consumption
100-115V / 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz – 58VA
Dimensions
( W x D x H ) 450 x 310 x 100 mm
Weight
7 kg
Front finish
Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
Case finish
Grey Nextel powder coated

La Scala MKII D/A   – $8000 

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La Scala Optologic

REVIEWS AND ADWARDS
SPECIFICATIONS
Digital to analog conversion type
Proprietary Optologic D/A conversion system
Pure R2R ladder – FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) based without digital filter
Supported Native Sample Rates
AQlink / I2S serial bus  – USB PC Audio : 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 24 bits
DSD64, DSD128
Supports DSD via DoP on all inputs
DAC architecture
Multibit sign magnitude R2R ladder (upgradable)
Asynchronous USB (High Speed)
USB Audio Class 2 with Type B connector
Digital Receiver
PLL (phase locked loop) technology 128 or 256 FS internally selectable
AQlink (I2S bus)
CMOS level
Oversampling factor
1x
Digital inputs
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– USB port  –  PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP (optional)
Analogue Outputs
UNBAL 2 RCA Output 2.2 V RMS
BALANCED ( passive transformer’s symmetrical ) 2 XLR Output : 2.2V RMS
Output Impedance
10 ohm RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Load Impedance
10 kohm (min.) RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Frequency Response
20Hz to 22kHz +0.5dB/-0.5dB
Phase Response
Linear phase
THD + N
<0.1% 1KHz -20dB
Front Panel
Power, input selector, Phase Invert switch
Power Consumption
100-115V / 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz – 58VA
Dimensions
( W x D x H ) 450 x 370 x 100 mm
Weight
9 kg
Front finish
Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
Case finish
Grey Nextel powder coated

It’s testament to Cristian Anelli’s customer support ethos that the now middle model in their converter line benefited so rapidly from the R&D behind the flagship Formula and its FPGA-controlled discrete resistor ladders. It’s a very concrete benefit of Aqua’s modular approach. Existing owners get to enjoy the company’s IP advances without the usual sell/buy routine. Keep what you already have; bolt on real not cosmetic go-faster mods as they release. Anti obsolescence protects your valuable hifi investment with more current tech. Especially with fast-moving digital, the Joneses relocate a lot. Keeping up with them requires eyes glued on the ball. Aqua’s policy doesn’t drop it. That deserves applause. An already widely accoladed converter just became even better. It’s a most excellent place to invest your next upgrade grand into!

Srajan Ebaen
6MOONS

Read the full review >

“Back in March 2014, Aqua Hifi’s visually unassuming La Scala MKII D/A converter not only took out a DAR-KO Award but landed pole position on the Darko DAC Index, beating out contenders from AURALiC, Resonessence Labs and PS Audio….

In other words, the most satisfying DAC heard by yours truly to date just got significantly better. Modularity coupled to a manufacturer upgrade programme brings owners of existing La Scala MKII in from the cold (should they wish to).

In its Optologic incarnation, the La Scala MKII cements further its position at the very top of the DAR-KO DAC Index and DAR-KO Award assignation becomes as easy as it has ever been. In a word, primo!”

John H. Darko
DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

Read the full review >

“But not only existing customers profit from the additional efforts that Aqua has invested in La Scala, because even those who do not yet own one of the noble Ladder DACs can be convinced by the Italian qualities.” (TRANSLATED)

Philipp Schneckenburger
EINSNULL

Read the full review >

“While I’m not quite ready to sell my analogue gear, La Scala MkII is a fantastic product whose warm sonic embrace I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind describing as “digital”. It does have a sound though: It’s wonderfully musical, inviting, enveloping, and entrancing.”

Ola Björling
AUDIOSTREAM

Read the full review >

“Yes, LaScala slightly boosts intonation, yes, it feels it, it’s his own enthusiasm, but if you want that very not-conveyed “attracter”, then this is one of the most vivid examples of such an approach in the High End. Practically exemplary implementation of the music, in combination with the overall high class of reproduction. My best recommendation.” (translated)

Yuri Volobuev
SOUNDEX

Read the full review >

“You can not do much better! The La Scala Optologic is one of the best DACs I have ever heard.” (translated)

Christian Möller
AUDIO Magazine

Read the full review >

the new Optologic Conversion System

• High performance proprietary FPGA-based digital decoding without digital filter

• Galvanic and magnetic isolations between the FPGA and R2R ladder converter

• Discrete R2R ladder DACs with low noise precision resistors

• Jitter free digital interface AQlink (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to La Diva cd transport

• Zero S/PDIF Jitter design, digital receiver stage PLL (phase locked loop) technology

• High-performance AQ Discrete Regulator (MOSFET, J-FET, BJT) for analog and digital DAC’s power supply

• Valve-Mosfet direct coupling analog stage in pure class-A without negative feedback

• MOSFET Virtual battery circuit for analog anode supply

• Soft-start power up for extended tube life

• etherCON RJ45 (AQlink) input connection, employs CAT6 cable can connect both RJ45 and professional etherCON RJ45

• 2 separate low noise power transformers, one for the analog and one for the digital section

• MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board system

• Regulated DC filament supplies with soft start for tubes

• Fully discrete analog stage, not even a single Op-Amp is used

• Proprietary USB Firmware / driver :
Apple MAC OS – Linux OS : USB asynchronous native support, no need to install drivers software

• Fully upgradeable asynchronous USB module with resolution 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 24 bits, DSD64, DSD128, operates with computers running OSX 10.7 and above, WINDOWS 10 , 8 , 7 and XP ASIO – WASAPI bit perfect high-speed

• Digital phase selector on front panel

• High-quality parts selected for sound quality:
– 105° long life capacitors
– low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors
– double metallized film pulse capacitor
– ultra-fast diodes
– halogen free cables

• Aluminium anti-resonant cabinet with Nextel

• Designed and handmade in Italy

• Input:
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– USB port  –  PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP

– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP (optional)

• Analog output:
– RCA single-ended
– XLR balanced with transformer

A never ending story: upgrading to the Optologic DAC

Again, La Scala D/A converter proves that an instant classic does not mean a product whose destiny is to become obsolescent, like most of the products in the high-end world.
After the first appearance in the flagship Formula DAC, the proprietary D/A conversion system developed by Aqua is now available for La Scala MkII dac.
So, current Owners, have the opportunity to upgrade their unit in order to reach to the revolutionary Optologic D/A conversion system.
The already extraordinary sound quality of this icon is now improved in every aspect: time coherence, microdynamics, timbre, and without losing that magic atmosphere for which La Scala is widely renowned.
La Scala MkII keeps the VALVE / MOSFET hybrid circuitry, with now a pair of selected Telefunken ECC81 tubes – a High-Frequency triode – for its low noise main feature.

La Scala MKII Optologic DAC
DATASHEET
MORE PICTURES
INFO AND SUPPORT
DOWNLOAD
USB Audio Class 2 Driver for WIndows
DOWNLOAD
Owner’s Manual
REVIEWS AND ADWARDS
SPECIFICATIONS
Digital to analog conversion type
Proprietary Optologic D/A conversion system
Pure R2R ladder – FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) based without digital filter
Supported Native Sample Rates
AQlink / I2S serial bus  – USB PC Audio : 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 24 bits
DSD64, DSD128
Supports DSD via DoP on all inputs
DAC architecture
Multibit sign magnitude R2R ladder (upgradable)
Asynchronous USB (High Speed)
USB Audio Class 2 with Type B connector
Digital Receiver
PLL (phase locked loop) technology 128 or 256 FS internally selectable
AQlink (I2S bus)
CMOS level
Oversampling factor
1x
Digital inputs
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– USB port  –  PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP (optional)
Analogue Outputs
UNBAL 2 RCA Output 2.2 V RMS
BALANCED ( passive transformer’s symmetrical ) 2 XLR Output : 2.2V RMS
Output Impedance
10 ohm RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Load Impedance
10 kohm (min.) RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Frequency Response
20Hz to 22kHz +0.5dB/-0.5dB
Phase Response
Linear phase
THD + N
<0.1% 1KHz -20dB
Front Panel
Power, input selector, Phase Invert switch
Power Consumption
100-115V / 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz – 58VA
Dimensions
( W x D x H ) 450 x 370 x 100 mm
Weight
9 kg
Front finish
Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
Case finish
Grey Nextel powder coated








It’s testament to Cristian Anelli’s customer support ethos that the now middle model in their converter line benefited so rapidly from the R&D behind the flagship Formula and its FPGA-controlled discrete resistor ladders. It’s a very concrete benefit of Aqua’s modular approach. Existing owners get to enjoy the company’s IP advances without the usual sell/buy routine. Keep what you already have; bolt on real not cosmetic go-faster mods as they release. Anti obsolescence protects your valuable hifi investment with more current tech. Especially with fast-moving digital, the Joneses relocate a lot. Keeping up with them requires eyes glued on the ball. Aqua’s policy doesn’t drop it. That deserves applause. An already widely accoladed converter just became even better. It’s a most excellent place to invest your next upgrade grand into!

Srajan Ebaen
6MOONS

Read the full review >

“Back in March 2014, Aqua Hifi’s visually unassuming La Scala MKII D/A converter not only took out a DAR-KO Award but landed pole position on the Darko DAC Index, beating out contenders from AURALiC, Resonessence Labs and PS Audio….

In other words, the most satisfying DAC heard by yours truly to date just got significantly better. Modularity coupled to a manufacturer upgrade programme brings owners of existing La Scala MKII in from the cold (should they wish to).

In its Optologic incarnation, the La Scala MKII cements further its position at the very top of the DAR-KO DAC Index and DAR-KO Award assignation becomes as easy as it has ever been. In a word, primo!”

John H. Darko
DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

Read the full review >

“But not only existing customers profit from the additional efforts that Aqua has invested in La Scala, because even those who do not yet own one of the noble Ladder DACs can be convinced by the Italian qualities.” (TRANSLATED)

Philipp Schneckenburger
EINSNULL

Read the full review >

“While I’m not quite ready to sell my analogue gear, La Scala MkII is a fantastic product whose warm sonic embrace I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind describing as “digital”. It does have a sound though: It’s wonderfully musical, inviting, enveloping, and entrancing.”

Ola Björling
AUDIOSTREAM

Read the full review >

“Yes, LaScala slightly boosts intonation, yes, it feels it, it’s his own enthusiasm, but if you want that very not-conveyed “attracter”, then this is one of the most vivid examples of such an approach in the High End. Practically exemplary implementation of the music, in combination with the overall high class of reproduction. My best recommendation.” (translated)

Yuri Volobuev
SOUNDEX

Read the full review >

“You can not do much better! The La Scala Optologic is one of the best DACs I have ever heard.” (translated)

Christian Möller
AUDIO Magazine

Read the full review >

Formula – $17000

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“Yea what he (and I) said! The Aqua Formula joins the rarefied air of music making DACs that shatter digital’s glass.”

Michael Lavorgna
AUDIOSTREAM
Read the full review >

FORMULA-DAC

Introducing our proprietary Optologic DAC
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The Optologic R2R conversion system

Aqua believes that the more musical D/A conversion system is based on the circuit usually identified as “resistor ladder”.
This technology has been substituted in the mass-market by the so-called sigma-delta converters.
The sigma-delta converter is a near-completely digital circuit and for this reason it can be can be integrated on silicon and produced at low-cost.
A quality resistor ladder DAC instead uses a circuit based on a set of high precision discrete resistors: at least 2 resistor banks, one for each stereo channel.
The Formula DAC is the first in the Aqua’s production to show a proprietary D/A conversion system, that we name Optologic.
The signals sent to the resistor ladders are generated by a proprietary digital circuit, implemented inside an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array).
Formula has a sign-magnitude converter structure, and this requires not two but four 24 bit resistors banks, each one made of very low tolerance discrete resistors.
In order to separate the digital section from the sensitive analog circuits,  galvanic and magnetic isolations are implemented between the FPGA and the four branches of the R2R ladder converter.
This creates complete isolation of all digital circuitry – including the clock – from the analogue section, for a clean, noiseless ground plane. It also plays the main role in the differential management of the R2R ladders, achieving perfect symmetry between the counter-phase halves. The result is the highest tonal contrast and naturalness.
Pure 1x native sample rate DAC

The FORMULA, like the other Aqua models, is a digital filter-less DAC.
Our conviction is that in spite of the instrumental measurements showed by upsampling / oversampling DACs, they rarely are able to produce the same emotional and realistic results.ModularityA third important aspect in the Aqua production is the modularity of the various electronic circuits.
Aqua equipment are not short life products: as modular, they are open to future improvements and to follow the evolution of the technology.
Formula is made of a set of circuits every one developed on a separate printed circuit board easily interchangeable.
As an example, each of the four resistors banks of the converter is separate and mounted on connectors.State of the art digital and analog electronics

As explained before, the Formula DAC uses no digital filter or any other compensation, relying instead on maniacal attention to each sub-circuit.
The separate analog and digital power supplies are executed purely by extensive use of discrete BJT, Mosfet, J-Fet and ultra-fast diodes.
Passive parts were selected not just for the best sonic result but also for their top quality, longevity and reliability. With the exception of six superior quality electrolytics, all other caps are Tantalum, solid-polymer OS-CON and double-metalized MJP.
The signal path itself is direct-coupled and completely capacitor-free.
The two output stages (one single-ended, one transformer-coupled balanced) use discrete BJT and J-Fet with metal-film resistors. All the electronics parts show an ultra-low RF noise.
An advanced ARM microcontroller manages the user interface on the front panel, the IR remote command and the communication port (serial, RS232 standard).
Formula DAC
FEATURES

• Proprietary Optologic D/A conversion system. Pure R2R ladder – FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) based without digital filter

• Galvanic and magnetic isolations between the FPGA and the four branches of the R2R ladder converter

• Jitter free digital interface AQlink PRO (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to La Diva cd transport

• Discrete R2R ladder DACs with low noise precision resistors

• Zero S/PDIF Jitter design, digital receiver stage PLL (phase locked loop) technology

• High-performance AQ Discrete Regulator (MOSFET, J-FET, BJT) for analog and digital DAC’s power supply

• 2 separate low noise C-Core power transformers, one for the analog and one for the digital section

• MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board platform

• Transformer-based true balanced audio output stage

• Fully upgradeable high-speed USB Audio Class 2 module, PCM 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 24 bits, DSD64 / DSD128, operates with computers running OSX 10.7 and above, WINDOWS 10, 7, 8, XP with ASIO bit perfect

• Proprietary USB Firmware / driver :
Apple MAC OS – Linux OS : USB asynchronous native support, no need to install drivers software

• Digital phase selector on front panel

• High-quality parts selected for sound quality:
– Tantalum, solid-polymer OS-CON and double-metalized MJP capacitors
– low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors
– double metallized film pulse capacitor
– ultra-fast diodes
– halogen free cables

• Aluminium anti-resonant cabinet with Nextel

• RC5 IR remote controller (optional)

• Designed and handmade in Italy


DATASHEET
SPECIFICATIONS

Digital to analog conversion type
Proprietary Optologic D/A conversion system
Pure R2R ladder – FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) based without digital filter
Supported Native Sample Rates
AQlink / I2S serial bus  – USB PC Audio : 44.1kHz to 384kHz PCM up to 24 bits
DSD64, DSD128
Supports DSD via DoP on all inputs
DAC architecture
Multibit sign magnitude R2R ladder (upgradable)
Asynchronous USB (High Speed)
USB Audio Class 2 with Type B connector
Digital Receiver
PLL (phase locked loop) technology 128 or 256 FS internally selectable
AQlink (I2S bus)
LVCMOS level
Oversampling factor
1x
Digital inputs
– RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) – PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
– BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  –  PCM 24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64 via DoP
– USB port  –  PCM 24 bit / 384kHz – DSD64, DSD128 via DoP
Modular input:
– AES/EBU balanced 110 Ohm –  24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64
– RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 Ohm –  24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64
– AT&T (ST Fiber) –  24 bit / 192kHz – DSD64
– Optical TOSLINK –  24 bit / 96kHz
Analogue Outputs
UNBAL 2 RCA Output 2.4 V RMS
BALANCED ( passive transformer’s symmetrical ) 2 XLR Output : 3.8V RMS
Output Impedance
10 ohm RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Load Impedance
10 kohm (min.) RCA – 600 ohm XLR
Frequency Response
20Hz to 22kHz +0.5dB/-0.5dB
Phase Response
Linear phase
THD + N
<0,016% 1KHz -10dB
Main processor
STM-ARM microcontroller
Controls
9 Button on front panel, IR Remote, Isolated RS-232 D-SUB 9-pin connector
Front Panel
Power, phase invert, mute, input switch, RC5 remote sensor
Power Consumption
100-115V / 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz – 58VA
Dimensions
( W x D x H ) 450 x 370 x 100 mm
Weight
9 kg
Front finish
Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
Case finish
Grey Nextel powder coated

   La Diva CD Transport – $9000

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The Art of the digital domain

Uncompromised in every respect, La Diva cd transport is the culmination of aqua’s R&D in the areas of electronic and mechanical engineering.
FEATURES

• High performance proprietary ISDC (Isolated Synchronous Discrete Circuit) digital decoding  and clock manager

• Custom designed discrete circuit with high-speed photocouplers for Galvanic and magnetic isolation between CD drive unit and digital output

• Ultra massive chassis construction and newly developed high-rigidity sub chassis with Nextel for CD drive unit cancels internal and external acoustic and mechanical vibrations, enabling exceptionally accurate “Red Book” RF signal

• DC disc drive motor allows to read the data accurately and minimize Jitter

• Moplen clamp to avoid flywheel masses and vibrations

• Sophisticated signal processing technology assures excellent CD Red Book signal

• High-performance multi-stage voltage regulator (high-current stage for accurate servo DISC drive rotation, tracking and focus)

• Jitter free digital interface AQlink (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to La Scala DAC, La Voce DAC

etherCON RJ45 (AQlink) output connection to DAC, employs CAT6 cable can connect both RJ45 and professional etherCON RJ45

• Separate custom-built toroidal transformers for digital and servo motors/actuators

MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board system

• Precision Philips CD-Pro2 transport customized

• High-quality parts selected for sound quality:
– 105° long life capacitors
– low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors
– metallized film pulse capacitor
– ultra-fast diodes
– halogen free cables

• Aluminum top loading tray machined from billet

• Non-magnetic low-resonance aluminum chassis with Nextel

• Field upgradeable firmware

• Fluorescent display (VFD) with user off-selectable illumination

• Designed and handmade in Italy

• Output:
– etherCON RJ45 – AQlink (I2S serial bus)
– XLR AES/EBU
– BNC coax (S/PDIF)
– RCA coax (S/PDIF)
– ST fiber (AT&T)
– BNC word clock


DATASHEET
SPECIFICATIONS

Disc Compatibility
CD, CD-R
CD Formats
Red Book
Drive mechanism
PHILIPS CD-PRO2 Customized
Pick-Up Technology
TRIGINTA preamplifier & Laser supply
Optical
3 beam method
Disc Drive Motor
Precision DC Motor
Servo power supply
High-performance multi-stage voltage regulator (high-current)
Digital decoder
Proprietary ISDC
Digital isolators
Custom designed discrete circuit with high-speed optocouplers
Digital Output
1 AQlink PRO – I2S serial bus (etherCON RJ45)
2 S/PDIF 75 Ω (1 coaxial BNC,  1 coaxial RCA)
1 AES/EBU (XLR) 110 Ω
1 AT&T (ST Fiber)
Word Clock Output
1 coaxial BNC 75 ohm
AQlink (I2S bus)
CMOS level
Native Sample Rate
16 bit / 44.1kHz
Front Panel
Standby, Display, Play, Pause, Stop, Previous, Next Switches
Display
OLED display with user off-selectable illumination
Remote Control
Infra Red (RC5)
Disc loading
Top-Loading (Manual)
Dimensions
( W x D x H ) 450 x 370 x 100 mm
Weight
10 kg
Front finish
Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
Case finish
Grey Nextel powder coated

 

 


PS Audio


DirectStream DAC Front

PerfectWave DirectStream DAC – $5,999.00

Price with Bridge II – $6,899.00

Upgrade Kit$2,999.00

DirectStream pure, 100% DSD based, high-resolution DAC. Upsamples PCM and DSD to 10x DSD. Lossless volume control, increased headroom, 7 digital inputs, network media capable, color touch screen, low jitter clocks, and FPGA based, no IC DACs. Available in silver or black.

Black-side-view

PerfectWave DirectStream DAC Junior – $3,999.00
DirectStream DAC’s little brother. Utilizing the same FPGA, DSJ offers 85% of the performance of the DSD. OLED display, haptic, lossless volume control, slimmer chassis, Bridge II built-in standard, 6 digital inputs, firmware updatable. Available in silver or black.

Left-Side-1000

DirectStream Memory Player  $5,999.00
State-of-the-art SACD/CD transport. Supports native DSD playback from SACDs over I2S when coupled with DirectStream Series DACs. Refined Digital Lens technology isolates the mechanical transport , improves audio quality, and focuses audio data into a bit and timing perfect stream to your DAC. Available in silver and black.

 

Stellar Gain Cell DAC$1,699

Full featured DAC and analog preamplifier

There isn’t a DAC made that doesn’t benefit from a great analog preamplifier. The Stellar Gain Cell DAC combines the benefits of both—a full-featured DAC with an exceptional analog preamplifier controlling its output level. Fully balanced circuitry from input to output, the Stellar Gain Cell DAC builds upon years of research and innovation in the art of digital audio and Class A analog amplification. Together, or separately, they create an extraordinarily rich, full-bodied musical experience few standalone products can match. Stellar Gain Cell DAC is the perfect foundation for those unwilling to compromise sound quality. Rich. Lush. Powerful. A music lover’s answer to spiraling cost-no-object equipment without sacrifice.

 

 

Sprout-3

Sprout $499.00
An amp for the modern home. 50W per channel amplifier, passive EQ moving magnet phono preamp, low output impedance headphone amp. 192kHz/24 bit asynchronous DAC. Bluetooth, USB, coax, analog inputs accepted. True analog stepped volume knob.

 


Oracle


 


CD2000 MkIII Transport / CD2500 MkIV CD player

 


CD 2000 MkIII @ Jeff Rowland - 3

CD2000 MkIII – $11,000

Oracle CD2000 MkIII Transport Including the MVSS system

 

CD2500 MkIV – $14,550

Oracle CD2500 MkIV CD Player
with SPDIF digital input for D/A converter Including the MVSS system

 

 


CD1000 MkIII Transport


 

Oracle CD 1000 resized

CD1000 MkIII$7,525

Oracle CD1000 MkIII Transport

 

 


Paris CD250 CD Player


 

Paris CD250 yellow

Paris CD250 – $3,510

Oracle Paris CD250 CD player
24/192 Burr Brown DAC, TWO fully discrete analog module RCA & XLR output
(XLR for convenience, same signal as RCA output)

Paris CD250 B – $4,070

Oracle Paris CD250 CD player fully balanced
24/192 Burr Brown DAC, FOUR fully discrete analog module RCA & XLR output (Fully balanced analog output)

 

Colors available : Black, Red, Blue, Titanium Grey, Yellow, White (piano finish for all colors)



CONTACT

Mike Phalan | Audio Expert 

gestalthifi@gmail.com      

(808) 640-8947