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dCS LINA Network DAC

The heart of dCS' Lina system: a powerful network streaming DAC that delivers extraordinary sound from any digital source

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Introducing the Lina Network Streaming DAC

The Lina Network Streaming DAC is both a continuation and a new beginning. Its design combines renowned dCS technologies and all of the benefits listeners have come to expect from a dCS DAC with a wealth of new innovations, including an all-new mechanical design, plus new technologies developed specifically for headphone listening. It is a complete reimagining of form and function, created with the same relentless focus and ambition as dCS' world-renowned Bartók, Rossini and Vivaldi DACs.

The DAC utilises proprietary dCS playback technologies, including the famous dCS Ring DAC™ and dCS' endlessly flexible Digital Processing Platform, to deliver a deeply natural, highly detailed, and profoundly musical sound. With its wide dynamic range, crisp, clear playback, expansive soundstage, and tonal neutrality, it delivers a highly revealing and compelling performance that uncovers the true depth and essence of a recording.

Its powerful flex-rigid circuit board enables dCS to deliver a huge range of features in a compact chassis (their smallest yet). The result is a supremely capable product that caters to a wide range of settings, including rooms where space is at a premium.

Add unique headphone optimisation technology, a high-performance streaming platform, and digital volume control enabling use in systems without a preamp, and you have a hugely versatile source that delivers a spectacular performance in a vast range of setups. Designed to inspire, inform and entertain, it will give you a whole new perspective on the artists and recordings you love.


Effortless Listening

While the Lina Network DAC offers a vast range of features, it is designed with simplicity, convenience and ease of use in mind. Its streamlined user interface allows you to easily navigate system settings, select music and manage your playback experience, while the dCS Mosaic app offers an intuitive and painless way to browse and access music from multiple sources and audio libraries. With a choice of inputs and outputs, and user selectable filters, it allows you to seamlessly enjoy audio from any source, in any format, without compromise.


Unlimited Potential

The Lina Network DAC’s performance is driven by a completely flexible control board - the dCS Digital Processing Platform. This powerful, robust and highly intelligent system operates on code written by dCS engineers, and it can be endlessly updated to deliver any number of new features and enhancements. This means dCS is able to continue upgrading Lina’s performance over time, and ensure that each system delivers a state-of-the-art experience long after it’s purchased.

The dCS Lina Network DAC can be further enhanced with the addition of the Lina Master Clock.

  • 1x dCS Lina Amp
  • 1 x mains cable [2m]
  • 1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]

Product Dimensions / Weight

121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D) 7.4kg

Shipping Dimensions / Weight

320mm (H) x 360mm (W) x 530mm (D) / 10.3kg

Finish

Black machined aluminium with crystal LED display

Electronics

  • dCS Ring DAC and Digital Processing Platform on flex ridged PCB

  • Stream Unlimited S800

  • Automatic voltage switching

Digital Inputs

  • 2 x AES/EBU on 3 pin XLR 44.1-384kS/s

  • 1 x S/PDIF BNC Coax 44.1-192kS/s

  • 1 x S/PDIF on RCA 44.1-192kS/s

  • 1 x Toslink 44.1-96kS/s

  • 1 x USB Type B 44.1-384kS/s, PCM and DSD, DSDx2 in Async Mode

  • 1 x USB Type A connector for mass storage devices (navigated using Mosaic)

Analogue Outputs

• 1 x stereo pair 3 pin balanced XLR

• 1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA

Network Interface

RJ-45 connector

Streaming Compatibility

  • UPnP
  • Qobuz
  • Deezer
  • Tidal
  • Internet Radio
  • Spotify
  • Apple AirPlay 2 (support at 44.1 or 48kS/s)
  • Roon Ready

Sample frequencies and formats

  • 44.1-384kHz
  • DSD 64,128
  • Native DSD + DoP (input dependent)
  • FLAC, WAV, AIFF, MQA

Upsampling

Multi-stage DXD oversampling with switchable DSD

Word clock

  • 2 x Word Clock inputs on 75 Ω BNC connectors
  • Will lock to 44.1-192kHz

Filters

  • PCM mode: 2 filters + MQA
  • DSD mode: 4 progressive filters

Crossfeed Settings

  • Standard crossfeed
  • dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E1)
  • dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E2)

Power

  • IEC inlet & power switch on rear panel
  • 90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
  • Automatic voltage switching
  • Power synchronised with other dCS control link products (RJ45)

Frequency Response (set to filter 1)

  • Fs = 44.1 or 48kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz
  • Fs = 88.2 or 96kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >38kHz
  • Fs = 176.4 or 192kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >67kHz
  • Fs = 352.8 or 384kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >100kHz
  • DSD64 +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >90kHz
  • DSD128 +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >100kHz

Residual Noise (6v output setting)

  • 16-bit data: Better than –96dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted
  • 24-bit data: Better than –113dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted

Spurious Responses

Better than –105dB0, 20Hz-20kHz

L-R Crosstalk Better than –115dB0, 20Hz-20kHz
Included with your Lina Streaming DAC
  • 1 x mains cable
  • 2 x XLR [0.5m]
  • 1 x Ethernet cable [2m]
  • 1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]

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