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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 proprietary to dCS.

Vivaldi Transport uses the TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo™ mechanism which employs super-rigid construction and a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation.

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. This gives near-silent operation.

Vivaldi Transport features a Dual AES output that supports encrypted DSD (1-bit data at 2.822MS/s) to a dCS DAC from CD or SACD. Vivaldi Transport also offers the option of upsampling CD data to DXD (24-bit data at 352.8kS/s) or DSD/128 (1-bit data t 5.644MS/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, 2x S/PDIF and 1x SDIF-2), as is downsampled SACD data.

Vivaldi Transport can 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 a 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, the Vivaldi Transport gives a performance of effortless realism each and every time.

Key Features

  • 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.



Technical Specifications

  • type

    Upsampling CD/SACD Transport.

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • mechanism

    Dual laser CD/SACD mechanism (TEAC VRDS NEO™ VMK3).

  • dimensions

    444mm/17.5” x 435mm/17.2” x 196mm/7.8”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • weight


  • digital outputs

    1x Dual AES interface on 2x 3-pin male XLR connectors, outputs DSD/64 data, whether a CD or SACD is playing. A menu setting changes the format to DXD (24/352.8) or DSDx2 (1/5.644MS/s) when a CD is playing.
    1x AES/EBU on 3-pin male XLR connector, outputs PCM at 16 bit/44.1kS/s, whether a CD or SACD is playing.
    2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each outputs PCM at 16 bit/44.1kS/s, whether a CD or SACD is playing.
    1x SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, outputs PCM at 16 bit/44.1kS/s, whether a CD or SACD is playing.

  • upsampling rates

    CD data may be upsampled to DSD/64, DXD (24/352.8) or DSD/128.

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock inputs

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

  • clock accuracy

    Better than +/-10 ppm when shipped (not temperature compensated).

  • software updates

    Updates are loaded directly from CD-R.

  • local control

    dCS Premium Remote handset is supplied with Vivaldi DAC. RS232 (controlled by a Vivaldi Upsampler / app or a third party device).

  • power supply

    Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 50-60Hz.

  • power consumption

    28 Watts typical / 40 Watts maximum.


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    dCS Vivaldi ONE at Werner Music

    Hifi Live Magazine by Ramón Ger

    Read the full article here.

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    The Absolute Sound – dCS Vivaldi Version 2.0

    Review by Jacob Heilbrunn

    “the dCS conveyed it with a sense of weight and gravity, majesty and grandeur that I had not heretofore experienced, apart from a live performance”

    Read the full review

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    The Audio Beat – dCS Vivaldi 2.0

    Review by Marc Mickelson

    . . . the most versatile digital system I’ve used and also — by far — the most sonically complete.

    Read the full review.




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    dCS Vivaldi 2.0 digital replay system – Equipment Review

    HiFi+ , November 2016

    Review by Chris Thomas

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    Vivaldi y Rossini: de nuevo la magia de dCS

    Pocas marcas han sabido hilar tan fino a la hora de dotar de “alma” al audio digital doméstico
    como la británica dCS. ¿El motivo? Un dominio de la tecnología “pro” más avanzada cuya expresión
    más reciente la encontramos en el modelo Rossini, presentado en sociedad en el icónico loft de la
    barcelonesa Werner.

    Por Salvador Dangla

    AV Premium

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    dCS Vivaldi – System Review

    HiFiLive Magazine (available in Spanish and English)

    Review by Miguel Castro

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

    Ultra High End Review, June 2014

    Review by Frank Berryman

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System – Equipment Review

    Stereophile, January 2014

    Review by Michael Fremer

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi System Review – Part 1&2

    HiFi Plus Issue 104 & 105,  November 2013

    Review by Chris Thomas

    Read the review online

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    Ne Plus Ultra – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

    The Absolute Sound Issue 233, May 2013

    Review by Robert Harley

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    Vivaldi Sings – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

    HiFi News Vol85 No.02, February 2013

    Review by Paul Miller



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    Software v2.0x.

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  • Remote Control Codes

    Last updated 11 Feb 2016.

  • Product Datasheet – Vivaldi CD/SACD Transport



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