Vivaldi CD/SACD Upsampling Transport


Vivaldi CD/SACD Upsampling Transport is designed to extract revelatory levels of detail from both CD and SACD and is the ultimate machine for silver disc replay. All signal processing in Vivaldi Transport is proprietary to dCS.

The Vivaldi Transport combines a TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo mechanism – which employs super-rigid construction and a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation – with proprietary dCS signal processing to extract every bit of data from discs.

To enhance the purity of the power supply and isolate the mechanism from the electronics, Vivaldi Transport features a completely new chassis design that has separate power circuits for the digital processing and CD/SACD mechanism sections, giving near-silent operation.

In-store purchase only, please call 0141 221 0221 or email glasgow@loud-clear.co.uk to reserve/enquire.

VIVALDI APEX – The Pioneer
Engineered for the ultimate listening experience, the Vivaldi APEX reflects dCS‘s uncompromising attitude, relentless innovation and obsessive attention to detail. Featuring a dedicated DAC, Upsampler, Clock and CD/SACD Transport, it separates the core aspects of the playback process for a performance that is technically precise and musically profound.

System Components:
Vivaldi DAC The digital heart of the system, Vivaldi DAC decodes digital audio with astonishing focus. Featuring the latest generation Ring DAC APEX, it delivers a performance unmatched in it’s realism, depth and emotion.

Vivaldi Upsampler The digital to digital converter, which acts as the hub of your system, accessing music from any source and converting audio from it’s native sampling rate to high-resolution DSD, DXD or PCM, providing a complete listening experience with astonishing detail and depth.

Vivaldi Master Clock Based on dCS‘s pioneering developments in studio and home audio, this Grade1 master clock generates a precise reference signal that keeps your Vivaldi system running in perfect sync,ensuring a natural, lifelike and three-dimensional performance.

Vivaldi CD/SACD Transport Combines a TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo mechanism with proprietary dCS signal processing to extract revelatory levels of detail from CD and delivering the ultimate in silver disc replay.


Otherworldly Performance
With total precision and composure, the Vivaldi unravels even the most complex recordings with ease, projecting a sound that feels utterly natural and beautifully complete. Under its delicate hand and invisible touch, music comes alive, with each note unfolding to reveal a panoramic view of a recording or mix.

From the smallest inflections to the swiftest shifts in tempo and tone, it captures it all with a sense of perfect rhythm and flow. With its wide and far-reaching gaze, it uncovers not just the fine details in a recording, but the silences and spaces in between – the tension, drama and emotions that lie beneath.

Crafted for the purest musical expression, the Vivaldi is designed to disappear, leaving you absorbed in sound and immersed in the world that an artist creates. Its pioneering architecture builds on three decades of innovation to present dCS‘s most ambitious system yet: a four-chassis design with almost limitless potential.

With the Vivaldi’s launch, was devised a blueprint for a new generation of digital playback systems. dCS reimagined core technologies – including Ring DAC™ system, clocking architecture and the dCS Digital Processing Platform – and developed a new technical DNA that has shaped the creation of each dCS product since.

Unrivalled in its sonic and technical abilities, the Vivaldi has earned global acclaim for it’s groundbreaking design and captivating sound. A product of visionary thinking and fearless engineering, it remains the most revealing and lowest distortion playback system available – and its design continues to evolve.

With the Vivaldi APEX, dCS has once again redefined state-of-the-art in digital audio. Vivaldi DAC is further enhanced with the addition of next generation Ring DAC APEX™ hardware., taking Vivaldi’s world-leading performance to a new level – resulting in an even more immersive musical experience.

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CD/SACD Transport Key Features

  • Utilises the latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform for state-of-the-art measured performance and unrivalled musical experience.
  • Plays Red Book CDs in their native 16/44.1 format AND upsamples the data to either DSD, DSDx2 or DXD.
  • Plays SACDs in their native DSD format AND downsamples the data to 16/44.1 format.
  • Configuration Menu – Ability to save/ restore settings, and EasyPlay improves ease-of-use.
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
  • Multi-stage power regulation ensures sensitive clock / PLL circuitry is unaffected by digital interference.
  • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration.



Type: Upsampling CD/SACD Transport

Colour: Silver or Black

Mechanism: Dual laser CD/SACD mechanism

Dimensions: 444mm / 17.5” x 435mm / 17.2” x 178mm / 7.0“. Allow extra depth for cable connectors

Weight: 20.6kg/45.3lbs

Digital Outputs: 1 x Dual AES Pair on 2 x 3-pin male XLR connectors (AES1+2). While an SACD is playing, the interface outputs encrypted DSD data. While a CD is playing, the Settings > Upsample Mode menu page sets the interface to output either encrypted DSD data (1 bit at 2.822MS/s) or DXD data (24 bits at 352.8kS/s) or DSDx2 data (1 bit at 5.644MS/s); 1 x AES interface on 3-pin male XLR connector (AES3). Outputs 16/44.1 data, whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2 x SPDIF interface on 1 x RCA Phono and 1 x BNC connectors. Each outputs 16/44.1 data, whether a CD or SACD is playing

Wordclock I/O: 1 x Word Clock Input on BNC connector, accept standard Word Clock at 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4kHz. Sensitive to TTL levels. Lock range is +/-300ppm. 1 x Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector. With the Transport in Master mode, a TTL-compatible Word Clock is output

Clock Accuracy: The calibration accuracy when shipped is +/- 10ppm, (not temperature compensated)

Software Updates: Updates are loaded directly from CD-R

Local Control: dCS Universal Remote (supplied with Rossini Transport as standard. Via the Mosaic app, RS232 app or a third party device)

Power Supply: Factory set to either 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC, 50-60Hz

Power Consumption: 16W typical / 50W maximum. Consumes less than 0.5W when powered down from the front panel