Vivaldi Master Clock


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

Featuring two banks of clock outputs capable of outputting different frequencies, this powerful yet simple to use Grade 1 master clock uses the latest groundbreaking technology from dCS to precisely synchronise the musical flow through your Vivaldi components.

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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Master Clock Key Features

  • Designed for maximum flexibility as output configuration can be optimised in systems with a wide variety of digital audio sources
  • Dual crystal oscillators with microcontroller-enhanced temperature correction
  • New dual frequency output and auto- clocking mode used in the Vivaldi and Rossini range improves ease of use and minimises jitter, particularly with computer audio sources
  • Multi-stage regulation ensures sensitive clock and PLL circuitry is unaffected by digital interference
  • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration



Type: Class 1 Master Clock

Clock Frequencies: 44.1kkHz or 48kHz

Colour: Silver or Black

Dimensions: 444mm / 17.5” x 435mm / 17.2” x 64mm / 2.6“. Allow extra depth for cable connectors

Weight: 8.3kg/18.3lbs

Clock Accuracy: Better than +/-1ppm when shipped, over an ambient temperature range of 10°C to 30°C. Typically +/-0.1ppm when shipped and stabilised

Wordclock Outputs: 3 independently buffered outputs on 75Ω BNC Connectors. Output 1: fixed at 44.1kHz. Output 2: fixed at 48kHz. Output 3: 44.1kHz, switchable to 48kHz via RS232

Startup Time: Typically 1 minute to rated accuracy

Local Control: RS232 (limited to Power and Clock 3 output frequency)

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

Power Consumption: 3 Watts typical / 4 Watts maximum