dCS LINA Overview: Network DAC, Headphone Amp, Master Clock & Tech Explained | Moon Audio

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With a dedicated Network DAC, Headphone Amplifier and Master Clock, Lina is the first dCS system purpose built for headphone listening. Designed to drive a vast range of headphones, and deliver spectacular sound, the Lina full system offers the ultimate sonic escape for music and headfi connoisseurs. Each unit works harmoniously to deliver a richly detailed, musical, and compelling sound for discerning audiophiles who demand the very best audio quality. Choose from a DAC, Headphone Amplifier, and Master Cock—available together or as separates—and experience spectacular performance.

To celebrate the continued success of the dCS Lina system line, the Lina Network DAC, Headphone Amplifier, and Master Clock are available in two finishes—silver and black. The painted finish on the silver Lina Network DAC, Master Clock, and Headphone Amplifier is an exact match with the anodized finish seen on the silver Vivaldi, Rossini, and Bartók APEX components. The new silver finish provides listeners with the perfect option for those who wish to pair Lina equipment with other dCS products. Mix and match to your heart's (and ear's) desire!

Dragon Cable Recommendation: We recommend investing in our Silver Dragon Audio Cables to connect your Lina full system. The Silver Dragon Network Cable will provide a stable ethernet connection to the Lina Network DAC for music streaming and data transmission. The solid-core silver conductors in the cable provide high speed, low latency, and low jitter-perfect bit rate communication between audio components. Our Silver Dragon Interconnect Cable can be used to connect the Lina Network DAC to the Lina Headphone Amplifier. Sold in pairs, our interconnect cables offer a remarkable solution where noise isolation is key. For connecting the Lina Master Clock to the Network DAC we recommend our Silver Dragon Coax Digital Cable with BNC connectors. You'll get the best possible digital transmission when timing matters the most. Lastly, our Silver Dragon USB Cable will provide the most stable connection for digital transmission between your source device and Network DAC. Our USB cables have been optimized for audio transmission of large high-resolution audio files, so you can enjoy your music with the utmost fidelity.

dCS Lina Network DAC
Lina Network DAC


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The dCS Lina Network Streaming DAC is designed for audiophiles who demand the best in sound quality, performance, and connectivity. Equipped with dCS Ring DAC technology and a Digital Processing Platform, the dCS Lina Network DAC delivers exceptional sound, regardless of what digital audio source you choose. The Lina Network DAC supports music streaming via RoonReady, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, TIDAL, Internet Radio, and Apple AirPlay from hi-res audio formats (MQA, DSD, FLAC). Use the dCS Mosaic app to control settings and upgrade the unit’s firmware. With a wide dynamic range, crisp, clear playback, and an open, expansive soundstage the Lina Network DAC provides a music sound quality.

dCS Lina Master Clock
Lina Master Clock


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The dCS Lina Master Clock delivers precise and stable reference signal for enhanced sound quality. Designed for maximum reliability and longevity, the Lina Master Clock is a silent but powerful component engineered to operate with precision and consistency. When used as a part of a complete Lina system, it enhances all aspects of sound, minimizing jitter and irregularities that can cause distortion. It allows the Lina Network DAC's internal clock system to be locked to a master signal for even greater precision and audio performance.

dCS Lina Head Amp
Lina Headphone Amplifier


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The dCS Lina Headphone Amplifier is a powerful solid-state amp capable of driving even the most demanding headphones and highly sensitive IEMs to their full potential. With a low noise floor, dynamic range, and excellent linearity, it delivers users a hi-fi listening experience that reveals the true sound and character of their music and headphones. The Lina Headphone Amplifier is dCS' first-ever standalone amp, built on their experience developing a custom Class AB headphone amp for the award-winning dCS Bartók Headphone DAC.

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Adaptive Design

The dCS Lina full system provides the freedom to listen however you choose, without compromise. Together, the three units can be stacked or arranged horizontally, providing placement flexibility for users. dCS strives to create versatile, premium, and high-performing audio gear that complements all listening setups and spaces. Every element of the Lina full system's design from the touch screen UI to the aluminum chassis and tactile painted coating has been carefully considered and developed with headphone listeners in mind. With a range of inputs and outputs, a powerful streaming platform, and flexible settings, the Lina full system delivers a stunning experience in a sleek, modular design.

High-End performance, small footprint

The Lina full system uses state of the art circuitry, electronics and digital processing to deliver a huge range of features in a compact and elegant format. Its unique flexible circuit board allows dCS us to provide all of the functions you’d expect from a dCS system in a much smaller footprint, without compromising on sound or performance. The Lina full system can be used in wide range of environments, from shared offices to home studios, bedrooms and smaller living spaces.

Effortless Headphone Playback

The Lina full system reveals the full potential of your headphones and IEMs, plus the full breadth of detail, artistry, and emotion in your music. Designed with the headphone listener in mind, the Lina full system combines state-of-the-art hardware and software with technical lineage for a precise, transparent, and incredibly musical sound. The Lina full system reproduces every aspect of your recording so you never miss a tiny detail or nuance. Always faithful to your music, it brings a new level of realism and purity to headphone playback, serving as the ultimate headphone system.

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Do I have to buy the full Lina system or can I use the individual components separately?

While the Lina Network DAC, Lina Master Clock, and Lina Headphone Amplifier are designed to be configured and used together as an entire system, you can purchase the units separately. However, the Lina Master Clock works best when paired with other dCS Lina components.

Is the Lina fully system RoonReady?

Yes, the Lina full system is RoonReady, meaning that when connected to the same network as Roon Core, the Lina Network DAC can be fully controlled for streaming.

Is the dCS Lina full system compatible with streaming services like Tidal and Qobuz?

Yes, the Lina Network DAC supports network streaming and is compatible with various streaming services, including Tidal and Qobuz, when connected to a network via Ethernet.

What's the difference between dCS Lina and Dave?

The dCS Lina Network DAC and the Chord Electronics Dave DAC Preamp Amplifier use two different approaches to digital-to-analog conversion. Both components use an FPGA chip as the engine to control the D/A process. Where they differ is the technology. The Lina Network DAC uses dCS' proprietary Ring DAC technology. On the surface, a Ring DAC looks like a Ladder DAC, but a Ladder DAC generates a smaller and smaller energy, while the current sources on the Ring DAC remain of equal value. The FPGA controls how these sources are turned on and off to generate the correct signal at incredibly low distortion values.

The Dave uses an FPGA as well, but instead of large banks of resistor banks, it uses Flip-Flops and Crystal Oscillators. The circuit path is shorter and uses more filters within the algorithms controlled by the FPGA. It's fair to say the Dave uses more software-based control while the Lina uses more hardware-based control for the digital-to-analog conversion. There is no right or wrong to ether approach. Both offer reference signal conversion with different sound signature flavors.


Lina Network DAC
Product Dimensions / Weight121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D) 7.4kg
Shipping Dimensions / Weight320mm (H) x 360mm (W) x 530mm (D) / 10.3kg
FinishBlack machined aluminium with crystal LED display
ElectronicsdCS Ring DAC and Digital Processing Platform on flex ridged PCB
Stream Unlimited S800
Automatic voltage switching
Digital Inputs2 x AES/EBU on 3 pin XLR 44.1-384kS/s
1 x S/PDIF BNC Coax 44.1-192kS/s
1 x S/PDIF on RCA 44.1-192kS/s
1 x Toslink 44.1-96kS/s
1 x USB Type B 44.1-384kS/s, PCM and DSD, DSDx2 in Async Mode
1 x USB Type A connector for mass storage devices (navigated using Mosaic)
Analogue Inputs1 x stereo pair 3 pin balanced XLR
1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA
Network InterfaceRJ-45 connector
Streaming CompatibilityUPnP
Supports the following platforms and services:Qobuz
Internet Radio
Apple AirPlay 2 (support at 44.1 or 48kS/s)
Sample frequencies and formats44.1-384kHz
Supports the following audio formats and sample ratesDSD 64, 128
Native DSD + DoP (input dependent)
UpsamplingMulti-stage DXD oversampling with switchable DSD
Word Clock2 x Word Clock inputs on 75 Ω BNC connectors
Will lock to 44.1-192kHz
FiltersPCM mode: 2 filters + MQA
DSD mode: 4 progressive filters
Crossfeed SettingsStandard crossfeed
dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E1)
dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E2)
PowerIEC inlet & power switch on rear panel
90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
Automatic voltage switching
Power synchronised with other dCS control link products (RJ45)
Frequency Response (set to filter 1)Fs = 44.1 or 48kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz
Fs = 88.2 or 96kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >38kHz
Fs = 176.4 or 192kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >67kHz
Fs = 352.8 or 384kS/s +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >100kHz
DSD64 +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >90kHz
DSD128 +/-0.1dB, 10Hz-20kHz -3dB @ >100kHz
Residual Noise (6v output setting)16-bit data: Better than –96dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted
24-bit data: Better than –113dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted
Spurious ResponsesBetter than –105dB0, 20Hz-20kHz
L-R CrosstalkBetter than –115dB0, 20Hz-20kHz
CertificationCE / EMC
Apple, Spotify, TuneIn, MQA & Roon certified
Included with your Lina Streaming DAC1 x mains cable
2 x XLR [0.5m]
1 x Ethernet cable [2m]
1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]
Headphone Amplifier
Power Link (synchronising on/off state with other products)2 x RJ45
ElectronicsPure analogue design
Automatic voltage switching
Analogue Inputs1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA, input impedance 48kΩ
1 x stereo pair unbuffered balanced XLR, input impedance 16kΩ
1 x stereo pair buffered balanced XLR, input impedance 96kΩ
Power90-120v & 230-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
Frequency Response1Hz-100kHz better than +0/-3dB
THD+N<0.005% @ 1kHz 6V rms balanced output into 30Ω (80kHz bandwidth)
Channel SeparationBalanced input to balanced output into 30Ω. Better than 100dB @ 1kHz. Better than 80dB, 20Hz–20kHz.
Signal to Noise Ratio110dB 20Hz-20kHz A-weighted(referenced to 6V rms balanced input and output)
Headphone Outputs1 x dual 3-pin balanced XLR, right and left channel
1 x single 4-pin balanced XLR
1 x single .” (6.35mm) headphone jack
Power OutputBalanced 2W into 30Ω
Balanced 0.48W into 300Ω
Unbalanced 1.6W into 30Ω
Unbalanced 0.2W into 300Ω
CertificationCE / EMC
Included with your Lina Headphone AmplifierHeadphone Amplifier
Headphone Amplifier
Master Clock
Clock TypeGrade 1 Master Clock, with oven-controlled crystal oscillators
Product Dimensions / Weight121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D) / 7kg
Shipping Dimensions / WeightTBC
FinishBlack machined aluminium
Clock AccuracyBetter than +/-1 ppm when shipped over an ambien ttemperature range of +5°C to +45°C
Startup TimeTypically 10 minutes to rated accuracy
Word Clock Outputs2 x independently buffered TTL-compatible output on 75Ω BNC connectors
Output 1: fixed at 44.1kHz
Output 2: fixed at 48kHz
Power Link (synchronising on/off state with other products)2 x RJ45
Power90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
Consumption 10W
CertificationsCE / EMC
Included with your Lina Master Clock1 x Mains cable [2m]
1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]
2 x BNC [0.5m]