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

Lina Network DAC

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To celebrate the Lina system's continued success, dCS just released the brand-new silver edition! This means you can now choose from either a silver or black finish when purchasing individual Lina components or the full Hi-Fi system. Each Lina component (the Network DAC, Master Clock, and Headphone Amplifier) is built with an aluminum chassis. The casework is milled to precision from solid billets and then painted to provide a smooth, durable, and tactile finish.

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 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!

dCS strives to create versatile, premium, and high-performing audio gear that compliments all listening setups and spaces. You can now choose from one of two classic dCS finishes, selecting the look that best fits your taste, home environment, and existing equipment.

The heart of your Lina system, dCS's powerful network streaming DAC delivers extraordinary sound from any digital source

  • Compatible with all digital audio formats
  • Supports hi-res streaming from Roon, TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify, Deezer, AirPlay & more
  • Features dCS's renowned Ring DAC™ system and Digital Processing Platform


  • dCS Ring DAC system and Digital Processing Platform ensure audio is reproduced with absolute integrity, for a highly detailed, musical and deeply natural sound
  • dCS Mosaic platform supports hi-res streaming via Roon, TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify, Deezer, Internet Radio and Apple AirPlay
  • Flexible firmware provides unlimited scope for future upgrades, with new features and enhancements delivered via simple software updates
  • Patented dCS Expanse technology offers enhanced headphone optimisation, for a more natural and immersive experience when listening to a wide range of stereo recordings
  • Touch screen UI with customisable menu allows listeners to easily control playback and adjust system settings
  • All-new electronic and mechanical design delivers a vast range of features in a compact and elegant format


The Lina Network Streaming DAC is both a continuation and a new beginning. Its design combines renowned dCS technologies with new innovations developed for headphone listeners - resulting in a bold new interpretation of the dCS experience, and a complete reimaging of form and function.

With the Lina Network Streaming DAC, dCS took their core playback technologies, including the dCS Ring DAC and Digital Processing Platform, and added new innovations developed for headphone listeners. These include dCS's first ever touch-screen display, a streamlined user interface for easier navigation, and a powerful flex-ridged circuit board, which allows us to deliver all of the features you’d expect from a dCS DAC in a much smaller chassis.

The result is a powerful, supremely capable product designed for use in a wide range of environments, from living rooms to studios and workspaces. With its wide dynamic range, crisp, clear playback, expansive soundstage, and tonal neutrality, it provides a deeply natural, highly detailed, and profoundly musical sound that encapsulates dCS's singular approach to audio.

Add unique headphone optimisation technology, an elegant and tactile design, and a high-performance streaming platform, and you have a hugely versatile source that delivers spectacular sound, however you choose to listen. Designed to inspire, inform and entertain, it will give you a whole new perspective on the artists and recordings you love.

Incredible sound

At the heart of all dCS DACs is the Ring DAC: a proprietary digital-to-analogue conversation system renowned for its ultra-wide bandwidth, technical accuracy, and ability to reveal astonishing levels of detail in digital recordings - from the subtlest of sounds, to the sense of time and harmonic movement, and the atmosphere that surrounds a musical performance. This unique component is an integral part of dCS systems, and remains unrivalled in its sonic and technical abilities.

Extraordinary technology

At the heart of Lina’s design is a powerful flex-ridged circuit board housing over 2,000 individual components. Designed by dCS engineers, this extraordinary piece of technology allows us to combine all of Lina’s core functions and features on to a single circuit. This not only saves space, it also allows us to deliver an incredibly clean signal path, which is essential for great audio.

Enhanced optimisation

Available to all Lina Network DAC owners, dCS Expanse is a unique headphone processing platform which offers an enhanced version of crossfeed optimisation. With its unique multi-stage processing method, Expanse optimises audio while preserving the reverberation in a recording (something that is crucial to helping us localise sounds, and establish a sense of space and depth.) Accessed via two optional settings, it can provide a heightened sense of realism when listening to a wide range of stereo recordings.

Effortless listening

While the Lina Network DAC offers a vast range of features, it is designed with simplicity, convenience and ease of use in mind. Its streamlined user interface allows you to easily navigate system settings, select music and manage your playback experience, while the dCS Mosaic app offers an intuitive and painless way to browse and access music from multiple sources and audio libraries. With a choice of inputs and outputs, user selectable filters, it allows you to seamlessly enjoy audio from any source, in any format, without compromise.

Scrupulous design

Crafted from solid aluminium (a material selected for its excellent acoustic properties), the Lina Network Streaming DAC has been meticulously designed to deliver the finest possible sound, with the lowest possible levels of distortion and noise. Each aspect of its design - from its solid aluminium casework, to its internal fixings and components, and proprietary hardware and software - is carefully engineered and exhaustively tested to ensure it provides the best possible experience, and the highest levels of quality and reliability. This holistic approach and obsessive attention to detail is one of the reasons that dCS DACs sound so sublime.

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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

  • 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 from all digital recordings - whatever the 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 clocking reference, for enhanced synchronisation and improved sound quality when streaming or listening via USB
  • Modular three stack design allows you to configure your system to suit your space, arranging units horizontally or vertically
  • Flexible, FPGA-based architecture ensures long product lifespan, with new features and enhancements delivered via simple software updates


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.

A bold vision

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.

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, emotionally compelling and always faithful to the music. Put simply, it brings a new level of realism and purity to headphone playback.

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. 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.

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 our renowned playback technologies with a wealth of innovations developed exclusively for the headfi community.

Designed for you

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.

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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

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]