dCS brings back the limited-edition Vivaldi One – complete with APEX upgrade
From the dCS press release
Following the launch of the dCS Ring DAC™ APEX, and the company’s new Rossini and Vivaldi APEX models, dCS is ‘thrilled’ to announce the release of a new limited-edition version of the Vivaldi One – the company’s beloved single-chassis Network Music Player and CD/SACD Player
Initally, just 250 Vivaldi One systems were produced, and they quickly sold out. The company has since received numerous emails, letters and phone calls from music lovers around the world looking to purchase a Vivaldi One. Whilst dCS was delighted to see such a strong demand for the product, and had often considered re-releasing the Vivaldi One, the company ultimately decided to focus its efforts on developing new features and enhancements to the Vivaldi and Rossini ranges, as well as developing the dCS Bartók.
This year, however, dCS launched a major hardware upgrade that allowed the company to further enhance the performance of the Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC and Rossini Player. The new dCS Ring DAC™ APEX hardware is claimed to be measurably better in several ways, and is said to bring a range of sonic improvements, with listeners noting a range of benefits, from enhanced dynamics, rhythm and timing, to greater soundstage resolution and image focus, blacker backgrounds, and a heightened sense of realism.
Following extensive development, and several rounds of testing [read more about the process here], dCS decided to launch new APEX editions of the Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC, and Rossini Player, which feature the Ring DAC APEX hardware as standard. The company also announced the launch of a global upgrade programme for existing owners of the Vivaldi DAC, Rossini DAC, Rossini Player and original Vivaldi One.
The response to the upgrade programme – and the launch of the Rossini and Vivaldi APEX models – has been overwhelming, according to dCS. The positive feedback received from the audio community inspired the brand to explore the idea of releasing an APEX edition of the dCS Vivaldi One, and with the company’s 35th anniversary just around the corner, dCS felt it the perfect time to release a new, improved edition of a much-loved and celebrated product.
The Vivaldi One APEX combines all the benefits of the original Vivaldi One with dCS’ new, enhanced Ring DAC APEX hardware to deliver what is said to be an even more profound musical experience.
The Vivaldi One APEX is a powerful network music player and CD/SACD Transport. It offers the same core technologies as the globally renowned dCS Vivaldi series, including the latest-generation dCS Ring DAC, and the dCS Digital Processing Platform, as well as the company’s proprietary clocking system.
It supports all major lossless codecs, including MQA, and is compatible with a wide range of streaming services and music management platforms, including Roon, TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, Internet Radio and Spotify. It also supports streaming via Apple Air Play, TIDAL Connect and Spotify Connect.
For silver disc enthusiasts, its Esoteric VMK3 VRDS-Neo CD/SACD mechanism works in tandem with dCS hardware and software to extract revelatory levels of detail from standard and Super Audio CDs. An array of digital inputs, plus multi-stage DXD oversampling with optional DSD/64 or DSD/128 upsampling, and user-selectable DSP and DSD filters, offer unrivalled flexibility.
The system’ s performance is driven by flexible firmware, which can be easily updated to deliver new product features and enhancements. An aerospace-grade aluminium chassis reduces mechanical vibration and magnetic effects for enhanced audio performance, while features such as multi-stage power regulation, twin mains transformers, and separate power supplies for digital and analogue sections ensure maximum consistency and reliability.
Just 50 units will be available in anodised silver or black – classic dCS finishes. The system will be unveiled at the 2022 Munich High-End show, and dCS will host demonstrations throughout the four-day event.
Units are available to order now and will begin shipping in June. The first 10 systems purchased will be dispatched on June 1 and remaining models will ship in late July 2022. UK RRP is £76,500 inc. VAT
Manufacturer: dCS Audio
UK Distributor: Absolute Sounds
Tel: +44(0)208 971 3909
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