High End 2017: dCS celebrates their 30th Anniversary with the Limited Edition Vivaldi One

dCS is celebrating their 30th Anniversary (1987-2017) and are bringing some surprises across their model line at the High End Munich 2017 show.

First, allow us to introduce the Vivaldi One, a limited-edition digital music player. Limited to just 250 uniquely numbered pieces, it puts an integral CD/SACD transport alongside the latest dCS Ring DAC in a single chassis, together with network streaming functionality. All of your favorite inputs / formats are all ready to start making some music….

Over here at Part-Time Audiophile, we’ve been drooling over the 4 box Vivaldi digital playback solution: Vivaldi DAC, Vivaldi CD/SACD Transport, Vivaldi Upsampler & Streamer, Vivaldi Master Clock, and now you can get 3 of 4 Vivaldi pieces in a single chassis with the new Vivaldi One. Allowing for a customer who wants the flagship Vivaldi system a simpler package, that takes up less space, requires fewer expensive cables (with the reduction in components) and in the end a lower price tag. 🙂

The Vivaldi One will be on display at the High End Munich Show, and will begin shipping to customers in June 2017. Breaking from the past, it will be available in 3 new color choices; specifically Silver, Piano Black (new), Gloss White (new) and Decoplate 24K Gold (new)! Alternatively the Vivaldi One can be plated in other precious metals by FH Lambert Ltd. who are specialists in Metal Plating.

If you need additional bling in your media room, it doesn’t get better than this:

I had the opportunity to see the 24k Gold unit in person during a factory tour, and in person it will nicely surprise you. For customers who like gold, it’s going to be winner.

As the Vivaldi One is a special limited edition piece, it receives a few additional perks. In partnership with your dealer, each unit is personally supplied to the customer by an expert dCS engineer who will help with configuration to get the best possible sound including network setup. Additionally each unit includes a special curated music collection, reflecting the musical passions of dCS designers, engineers and technicians who created the Vivaldi One.

Vivaldi One Summary (from dCS press release):

  • dCS Vivaldi One (£55,000); limited numbered edition of 250 pieces
  • Integral Esoteric VRDS NEO transport for CD and SACD playback
  • Latest generation dCS Ring DAC 2.0 and digital processing platform in one box
  • Choice of superlative Gloss White, Piano Black and 24-carat gold finishes
  • Digital inputs include Gigabit network, asynchronous USB, AES, BNC and S/PDIF
  • Built-in Roon Ready, TIDAL, Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect functionality
  • Vivaldi One’s control app lets listeners manage their playback from any source
  • Network streaming section runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs (including MQA), plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD
  • Multi-stage power regulation and twin mains transformers
  • Firmware-upgradeable for future functionality and performance upgrades
  • Specially installed for the customer by dCS engineers
  • Specially curated dCS celebratory music collection

Software Updates all around

As excited as we are about a new Vivaldi, even more interesting is dCS’s continued commitment to existing customers with a stream of software updates across their product lineup.

dCS Debussy (Updated Software)

The dCS Debussy continues to impress us at PTA and dCS owners are going to get a nice surprise.  Following dCS’s philosophy of supporting products for the long-term, the upcoming free software upgrade in Q3, 2017 will add support for:

  • DXD 384kS/s over DUAL AES input (previously 192k was the max)
  • DSD128 (previously DSD64 was the max)
  • Encrypted SACD playback from dCS transports (Come on, hook up a reference Vivaldi CD/SACD transport to your Debussy!)
  • Clocking improvements / fixes

We’re jazzed about this, since it opens the opportunity to do output 384k / DSD128 out of the dCS Network Bridge (review pending) over DUAL AES cables into a dCS Debussy! We’ve been experimenting with Roon Labs up-sampling, so this allows us to dial it up a few notches.

dCS Network Bridge (Updated Software)

The dCS Network Bridge (review pending) is a Swiss army knife of streaming allowing the ability to customize its output / formats for almost any DAC out there.  One missing ingredient was the ability to output USB audio to support USB only DACs.

A software update will be released in Q4 2017 that will add support for:

  • USB Audio out
  • Serial control over USB

dCS has seen demand for users wanting to control downstream dCS DACS from a network bridge, so they are adding Serial RS-232 control over USB. An example scenario is if the dCS Network Bridge was connected to a dCS Vivaldi system you could change the clock speed via USB to Serial.

Future dCS Network Bridge updates that are in the works:

  • WiFi support (currently the dCS Network Bridge supports wired Ethernet)
  • MQA

MQA is also in the works across the current model line-up. A dCS Rossini will be on display with MQA in room A4.2 F209 in Munich.

An exciting year ahead for dCS. Happy 30th Anniversary dCS!

-Mohammed Samji


  1. I was thinking about a Maserati. But wait a minute. My CD player sucks. CDs it is.

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