CES 2013: Light Harmonic Dual DAC, Source and Streamer — with Wilson, Pass and D’Agostino











Light Harmonic Da Vinci, as shown at RMAF 2012

We got the scoop back at RMAF about the new version of the Da Vinci DAC from Light Harmonic, now called the “Dual DAC”, so it was pretty cool to see it here at CES live and in the … ah … aluminum, as it were. As I noted back in October, pricing is set at $31k for the new single-box, dual-path circuitry that supports two entirely different decoders, one path optimized for PCM and one optimized for DSD. The styling, to my eye, looks indistinguishable from the “old” single-DAC Da Vinci. Not a bad thing as I really like the rotating top with the pulsing “running lights” that seem to throb in time with the music (it doesn’t, really, but it seems like it). There’s a variety of finishes available, up to and including a translucent acrylic, which is entirely bad-ass, especially when lit from below.

Joining the Da Vinci, which is still available as a single DAC version (prices start at $20k), is a pair of similarly contoured devices, shown here, flanking the big DAC. The Da Vinci Source and the Da Vinci Streamer will round out an all-Light Harmonic digital source chain. Both are pre-launch, so pricing and configuration is still TBD, but the Source was shown here with a Blu-Ray drive and oodles of storage. I was told that the shipping product can come with something like 10TB of RAID-protected file storage and that the “remote control” will actually be a pre-configured Apple iPad. The Streamer, a Bluetooth and Airplay-enabled box, can support 32bit files with up to 384kHz files pulled from Ethernet storage. More details as they’re available … but shipping for both new boxes is expected at the end of the second quarter of 2013.

Shown at CES with a D’Agostino stereo amp and a Pass Labs XP-20 preamp, playing into a pair of Wilson Audio Sasha loudspeakers, and a Transparent Audio Power Isolator. Cabling came from Transparent as well.