Discover a new headfi experience from dCS
Discover a new headfi experience from dCS
dCS Grade 1 Master Clock uses dual crystal oscillators to deliver a precise and stable clocking reference. Used as part of a complete Lina system, it enhances all aspects of sound for an even more immersive listening experience
The Lina Master Clock is a product inspired by absolute dedication to achieving the highest possible standards of sound reproduction. It is informed by experience developing master clocks for professional and home use - something dCS has been doing for over 30 years - and the feedback they've received from listeners and audio experts who’ve experienced significant sonic benefits after adding a dCS master clock to their system.
Designed for use with the Lina Network DAC, it uses two crystal oscillators to deliver a precise and stable clocking reference for all audio formats and frequencies. When paired with the Lina DAC, it allows the DAC’s internal clock system to be locked to a master signal for even greater precision and enhanced audio performance.
Its standalone design ensures sensitive clocking components are protected from factors that can cause interference. Each crystal oscillator is also oven-controlled to ensure its performance remains consistent, even under changing conditions and temperatures.
Designed for maximum reliability and longevity, it is a silent but powerful component engineered to operate with absolute precision and consistency, so you can experience the best possible performance from your system. Combined with the Lina Network DAC and Headphone Amplifier, it delivers an even more profound and immersive listening experience, and helps ensure the audio you hear sounds exactly as it should.
dCS pioneered the use of external master clocks in the 1980s, and they've been honing and refining their approach ever since. The Lina Clock brings together all that they've learned from their extensive experience developing clocks for professional and home use and their numerous innovations in the field.
dCS research has shown that adding a master clock to a digital audio system can have a dramatic impact on sound. Subjective listening tests have revealed improved imaging, resolution, dynamic expression and localisation, plus a greater sense of rhythmic movement and flow. It’s for this reason that dCS continued to advance the standard of clocking and develop dedicated master clocks for all multi-component dCS systems.
As with all dCS products, the Lina Clock is hand-assembled in Cambridgeshire, England, by talented technicians - a highly skilled team of experts who make sure each product that leaves the dCS factory is built to the highest possible standards. Each clock is subject to exhaustive performance tests and rigorous inspections before shipping, so you can be confident it provides the highest levels of performance and reliability.
Elegant and minimal in its appearance, the Lina Master Clock is a component designed to enhance your listening experience, without ever demanding your time or attention. Simply switch it on, sit back, and enjoy an even deeper connection with your music.
With its own dedicated chassis and power supplies, the Lina Master Clock provides the perfect environment for sensitive clocking circuitry. Its design ensures clock signals are protected from power interference, crosstalk and other factors that can affect signal integrity (and in turn, audio quality), for a consistent performance day after day, year after year.
Enjoy the full Lina experience with a Network Streaming DAC, Class AB Headphone Amplifier and Grade 1 Master Clock.
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 incredible sound from all digital recordings, it offers the ultimate sonic experience for headfi connoisseurs.
Lina began with a desire to create the definitive system for headphone playback - one that reveals the full potential of your chosen headphones, and the full breadth of detail and emotion in your music. Drawing on our extensive experience developing pioneering audio products and technologies - including the multi award-winning dCS Vivaldi, Rossini and Bartók - we set out to engineer a brand new series that embodies our singular approach to sound reproduction, while reflecting the unique needs and demands of headphone listeners.
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.
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, emotionally compelling and always faithful to the music. Put simply, it brings a new level of realism and purity to headphone playback.
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. Our 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.
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 our renowned playback technologies with a wealth of innovations developed exclusively for the headfi community.
Lina provides the freedom to listen however you choose, without compromise. Together, its Network Streaming DAC, Headphone Amplifier and 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.
|Clock Type||Grade 1 Master Clock, with oven-controlled crystal oscillators|
|Product Dimensions / Weight||121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D) / 7kg|
|Shipping Dimensions / Weight||TBC|
|Finish||Black machined aluminium|
|Clock Accuracy||Better than +/-1 ppm when shipped over an ambien ttemperature range of +5°C to +45°C|
|Startup Time||Typically 10 minutes to rated accuracy|
|Word Clock Outputs||2 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|
|Power||90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal|
|Certifications||CE / EMC|
|Included with your Lina Master Clock||1 x Mains cable [2m]|
|1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]|
|2 x BNC [0.5m]|