dCS LINA Headphone Amplifier

dCS's powerful solid state amplifier is designed to drive even the most demanding headphones to their full potential

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dCS' First Ever Standalone Headphone Amplifier 

Whether you’re listening with custom IEMs or reference-level over-ears, the Lina Headphone Amplifier will ensure you experience the full impact of your chosen headphones, and your music. With its ultra-low output impedance, it confidently drives a vast range of designs, and adapts to suit their unique requirements and characteristics for optimal performance.

dCS' first ever standalone amplifier, its design builds on learnings gained from their experience working at the forefront of audio design and engineering, and developing a custom Class AB headphone amplifier for the award-winning dCS Bartók Headphone DAC. Following the Bartók’s release, dCS set out to further their work in headphone amplification, and engineer a standalone component that could be used separately or as part of a complete dCS headfi system.

Through exhaustive development, extensive testing, and creative thinking, dCS developed an all-new design that combines tried and tested features with novel innovations engineered to further enhance performance and efficiency.

The result is an exemplary headphone amplifier that delivers plenty of power and grip, while maintaining complete neutrality. With its low noise floor, wide dynamic range and excellent linearity, it delivers a compelling, dynamic experience that reveals the true sound and character of your music and headphones.

A Novel Approach

The Lina Headphone Amplifier features a unique Super Class AB output stage that allows dCS to maintain a high degree of linearity and efficiency. Its design offers the fidelity of Class A system with the thermal properties of a Class B - meaning less heat generation, higher efficiency, and none of the crossover distortion problems typically associated with Class B designs. To achieve this, dCS developed a DC servo system with novel error correction technique, which allows the Lina amplifier to maintain a clean signal path and correct incoming voltages at source. This approach provides all of the performance benefits of a Class A system, while also keeping heat - and power usage - under control.  

A Perfect Companion

The Lina Headphone Amplifier’s variety of balanced and unbalanced inputs make it a perfect addition to virtually any high-end headfi setup. Buffered and unbuffered options make it compatible with both high and low impedance digital sources, and guarantee the best possible sound from whatever source you choose to connect. Pair with the dCS Lina Network DAC for the ultimate headfi experience, or use it individually with whatever system you desire.

  • 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 356mm (D) / 7.5kg

Shipping Dimensions / Weight

320mm (H) x 360mm (W) x 530mm (D) / 9kg


Black machined aluminium


  • Pure analogue design

  • Automatic voltage switching

Analogue Inputs

  • 1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA, input impedance 48kΩ

  • 1 x stereo pair unbuffered balanced XLR, input impedance 16kΩ 

  • 1 x stereo pair buffered balanced XLR, input impedance 96kΩ

Headphone Outputs

  • 1 x dual 3-pin balanced XLR, right and left channel

  • 1 x single 4-pin balanced XLR

  • 1 x single 1⁄4” (6.35mm) headphone jack

Power Link (synchronising on/off state with other products)

2 x RJ45


90-120v & 230-240v, 50/60Hz nominal

Frequency Response

1Hz-100kHz better than +0/-3dB


<0.005% @ 1kHz 6V rms balanced output into 30Ω (80kHz bandwidth)

Channel Separation

Balanced input to balanced output into 30Ω. Better than 100dB @ 1kHz. Better than 80dB, 20Hz–20kHz.

Signal to Noise Ratio

110dB 20Hz-20kHz A-weighted
(referenced to 6V rms balanced input and output)

Power Output

  • 2x Balanced 2W into 30Ω

  • 2x Balanced 0.48W into 300Ω

  • 2x Unbalanced 1.6W into 30Ω

  • 2x Unbalanced 0.2W into 300Ω

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