dCS has been at the forefront of digital audio, pushing the boundaries of evolving technology for over 30 years to deliver some of the finest DACs throughout the eras of digital to vinyl and back. dCS has reached the pinnacle of digital audio perfection with the Lina.
The Lina is comprised of three individual components: the Lina DAC, Lina Amplifier, and Lina Master Clock. Each is available separately, but the design intention is to combine all three into the ultimate trifecta of audio bliss. The package is intimidating, so prepare yourself for a bit more than a typical DAC / amp setup. The material design is rewardingly premium with high attention to detail, yet refreshingly simple. The features and specs are broad with compatibility and accessibility for today’s arsenal of modern audiophile solutions, particularly network streaming and high-quality sample frequency and format playback. And with the ability to increase the output gain, no worries driving the harder end of the headphone spectrum.
Sonically, the full Lina system sounds as if it’s not there at all: it’s simply the most transparent audio stack we’ve ever heard, like plugging your headphones directly into the studio mixing board. Every minute detail, no matter how small, is heard, and the perception is perfectly natural and neutral with detail and imaging, but without any exaggeration. It’s just so lifelike. After several comparisons and combinations of other DAC / amp setups, nothing we tried matched the simple balance of realism and transparency that Lina delivers.
We now get why dCS’s slogan is “Only the Music.”
Lina began with a desire to create a system that reveals the full potential of your chosen headphones, plus the full breadth of detail, artistry and emotion in your music. Drawing on their extensive experience of pioneering audio products like the award-winning dCS Vivaldi, Rossini and Bartók headphone DAC, Lina set out to engineer a new series that embodies their singular approach to sound reproduction.
Lina is made possible through 3 decades of innovation, a tireless pursuit to advance the standard of sound reproduction and bring people closer to the music they love. Tempered by 35 years of development, Lina combines state-of-the-art hardware and software with a technical lineage traced back to the advent of digital audio, and the creation of the world’s first ever high-res digital converters.
Offering technical precision, transparency, and musicality in equal measure, Lina reproduces each aspect of a recording, from the subtlest of sonic details, to the sense of rhythm, movement, and harmonic flow, with absolute integrity. Whatever track is chosen, it delivers a performance that feels vividly detailed, effortlessly natural, and emotionally compelling. Always faithful to your music, it brings a new level of realism and purity to playback.
Full Stack Specs
Full Stack Dimensions: 14.5" (H) x 8.7" (W) x 13.4" (D)
Finish: Black aluminum (DAC has crystal LED)
Power: 90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
Lina Network DAC (Full DAC Specs Here)
Lina Master Clock (Full Clock Specs Here)
Lina Headphone Amp (Full Amp Specs Here)