dCS Vivaldi CD/SACD - Martins Hi-Fi

    dCS Vivaldi CD/SACD Transport

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    Vivaldi 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 controlled by electronics designed by dCS. It uses the TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo™ mechanism which provides a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation and super rigid construction.

    The powerful digital processing platform of Vivaldi Transport is based around Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips and a microcontroller system. All of these use code developed and maintained in-house by dCS.

    Vivaldi Transport represents true state-of-the-art in digital audio by offering twice the logic capacity of previous generations, delivering unmatched sonic and measured performance.

    In order to enhance the cleanness 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. This has resulted in near silent operation.

    Vivaldi Transport features a Dual AES output that supports dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s) to a dCS DAC from SACD. Vivaldi Transport also offers the option of upsampling CD data to DXD (24 bit data at 352.8kS/s) and transmitting this data over the same Dual AES interface.

    SACDs are played in their native DSD format, again using the Dual AES interface. Native CD data is available from 4 PCM outputs (1x AES/EBU and 2x SPDIF, 1x SDIF-2), as is down-sampled SACD data.

    Vivaldi Transport is intended to be used with the matching Vivaldi DAC or with any suitable industry standard DAC. The unit may be run either in Master mode or with the DAC as the system clock. Performance will be enhanced further by adding Vivaldi Clock to the system.

    The dCS ‘soft’ approach to programmable logic makes it extremely easy for users to update Vivaldi Transport software, whether adding new features, installing performance upgrades or adapting to changes in digital formats.

    Used as part of a complete Vivaldi digital audio playback system Vivaldi Transport gives a performance of effortless realism each and every time.


    • Utilises the latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform for state-of-the-art measured performance and unrivalled fidelity.
    • Plays Red Book CDs in their native 16/44.1 format and upsamples the data to either DSD or DXD or DSD/128.
    • Plays SACDs in their native DSD format and downsamples the data to 16/44.1 format.
    • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
    • Multi-stage regulation ensures sensitive clock / PLL circuitry is unaffected by digital interference.
    • Separate power circuits for the digital processing board and CD/SACD mechanism ensure clean power to these sections.
    • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration.
    • Type
    • Upsampling CD/SACD Transport
    • Finish Options
    • Silver or Black
    • Dimensions
    • 444mm/17.5” x 435mm/17.2” x 196mm/7.8”.
      Allow extra depth for cable connectors.
    • Weight
    • 23.2kg/51.1lbs.
    • CD Mechanism
    • Dual laser CD/SACD mechanism (TEAC VRDS NEO™ VMK3).
    • Converter Type
    • N/A
    • Analogue Outputs
    • N/A
    • Digital I/O
    • 1x Dual AES interface on 2x 3-pin male XLR connectors, outputs dCS-encrypted DSD data, whether a CD or SACD is playing. A menu setting changes the format to DXD (24/352.8) when a CD is playing.

      1x AES/EBU on 3-pin male XLR connector, outputs CD format data (16 bits at 44.1kS/s), whether a CD or SACD is playing.

      2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing.

      1x SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing.

    • Word Clock I/O
    • Word Clock output on 1x BNC connector. With the Transport in Master mode, a TTL-compatible 44.1kHz Word Clock derived from the internal crystal oscillator is available on this output. The calibration accuracy when shipped is +/-10ppm, not temperature compensated.

      Word Clock input on 1x BNC connector, accepts standard Word Clock at 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4kHz. Sensitive to TTL levels.

    • Clock Frequencies
    • N/A
    • Residual Noise
    • N/A
    • Spurious Responses
    • N/A
    • Filters
    • N/A
    • Software Updates
    • Updates are loaded directly from CD-R.
    • Software Version
    • 1.0
    • Local Control
    • dCS Premium Remote handset is supplied with Vivaldi DAC.

      RS232 (controlled by a third party device).

      dCS-programmed Nevo Q50 Remote handset is available for the Vivaldi range as an optional extra.

    • Power Supply
    • Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 49-62Hz.
    • Power Consumption
    • 28 Watts typical/40 Watts maximum.