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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, it offers the ultimate sonic escape for music and headfi connoisseurs

dCS Lina Network DAC
Network DAC


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dCS Lina Master Clock
Master Clock


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dCS Lina Head Amp
Headphone Amplifier


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Enjoy the full Lina experience with a Network Streaming DAC, Class AB Headphone Amplifier and Grade 1 Master Clock.

  • Designed and hand-assembled in the United Kingdom
  • Purpose built for headphone playback
  • Engineered for the purest expression and the finest possible sound

Key Features

Solid state Headphone Amplifier ensures optimal performance with a vast range of headphones, from IEMs through to reference-level over ears

dCS Ring DAC™ and Digital Processing Platform guarantee exceptional sound, whatever your chosen source, genre or audio format

Network DAC supports streaming via Roon, Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, TIDAL, Internet Radio and Apple AirPlay

Lina Master Clock delivers precise and stable reference signal, for enhanced sound quality when streaming and listening via USB

Modular three stack design allows you to configure your system to suit your space, arranging units vertically or side by side

Flexible, FPGA-based architecture ensures long product lifespan, with new features and enhancements delivered via simple software updates


A bold vision

Lina began with a desire to create the definitive system for headphone playback: a system that reveals the full potential of your chosen headphones, plus the full breadth of detail, artistry and emotion in your music. Drawing on extensive experience of developing pioneering audio products and technologies, including the multi award-winning dCS Vivaldi, Rossini and Bartók Headphone DAC, dCS set out to engineer a new product series that embodies their singular approach to sound reproduction, while reflecting the unique needs and demands of headphone listeners.

Rooted in heritage

Lina is a product made possible through three decades of relentless innovation - a tireless pursuit to advance the standard of sound reproduction, and bring people closer to the music they love. Informed by 35 years of continuous development, it combines state-of-the-art hardware and software with a technical lineage that can be traced back to the advent of digital audio, and the creation of the world’s first ever high-resolution digital converters.

A custodian of sound

Offering technical precision, transparency and musicality in equal measure, Lina reproduces each aspect of a recording, from the subtlest of sonic details, to the sense of rhythm, movement and harmonic flow, with absolute integrity. Whatever your chosen track, it delivers a performance that feels vividly detailed, effortlessly natural and emotionally compelling. Always faithful to your music, it brings a new level of realism and purity to headphone playback.

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Designed for you

Lina provides the freedom to listen however you choose, without compromise. Together, its Network Streaming DAC, Headphone Amplifier and Master Clock provide a complete digital audio system that confidently handles each aspect of the playback process. With its wide range of inputs and outputs, powerful streaming platform, and flexible settings, it delivers a stunning experience, whatever your listening preferences, equipment or musical tastes.

High performance, small footprint

Lina 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 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. dCS's smallest product series yet, it is designed for use in a wide range of environments, from shared offices to home studios, bedrooms and smaller living spaces.

Tailor made

Every element of Lina’s design - from its touch screen UI to its tactile painted coating, understated aesthetic, and slimline, modular form - has been carefully considered and developed with headphone listeners in mind. This ‘purpose built’ ethos extends not just to external features, but internal circuitry, components and software. Unique in its design, sound and capabilities, it combines dCS's renowned playback technologies with a wealth of innovations developed exclusively for the headfi community.

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Press and Reviews

dCS LINA Network DAC, Headphone Amplifier and Master Clock Review
Moon Audio

by Drew Baird
May 2022

dCS LINA Network DAC, Headphone Amplifier and Master Clock Introduction
LINA Introduction

by dCS
June 2022


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]



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