Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete DAC

Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete DAC
Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete DACAqua La Voce S3 Discrete DACAqua La Voce S3 Discrete DACAqua La Voce S3 Discrete DACAqua La Voce S3 Discrete DAC
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  • Precision sign magnitude R2R ladder DAC
  • Proprietary DFD digital decoding
  • Galvanic isolated digital inputs
  • Jitter free digital interface AQlink
  • Zero S/PDIF Jitter design
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Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete DAC

The La Voce S3 Discrete DAC elevates the performance of the previous Voce S2 by using a new D/A conversion module.

Designed to provide absolute modularity and the ultimate in sound quality, La Voce S3 Discrete DAC is the culmination of years of aqua’s research in the areas of electronic engineering in relation to digital audio reproduction.

Further refining the La Voce S2 with the below upgrades:-

• FPGA / decoding board cod. P608, high-resolution up to 384kHz PCM and DSD128
• R2R Ladder resistors board cod. P607
• USB board cod. P901 with new firmware
• hardware modification of main board P601
• hardware modification of I2S / USB board P603

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  • High performance proprietary DFD (Direct From Decoder) digital decoding without digital filter for purest digital signal quality
  • Galvanic isolated S/PDIF - AES/EBU Digital input
  • Jitter free digital interface AQlink (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to La Diva cd transport
  • Zero S/PDIF Jitter design, digital receiver stage PLL (phase locked loop) technology
  • Precision sign magnitude R2R ladder DAC with 2 Burr-Brown PCM -1704K arrayed in  dual mono configuration (PCM1704-K DAC option)
  • Passive current / voltage conversion (I / V)
  • Discrete Regulator (MOSFET, J-FET, BJT) for analog and digital DAC’s power supply
  • RJ45 (AQlink) input connection, employs CAT6 cable
  • 2 separate low noise power transformers, one for the analog and one for the digital section
  • MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board system
  • Fully discrete analog stage, not even a single Op-Amp is used
  • Proprietary USB Firmware / driver :  Apple MAC OS - Linux OS : USB asynchronous native support, no need to install drivers software
  • Fully upgradeable Bit perfect asynchronous USB module with resolution up to 24 bit and 192 KHz, operates with computers running OSX 10.7 and  above, WINDOWS 10 , 8 , 7 and XP ASIO - WASAPI bit perfect high-speed
  • Digital phase selector on front panel
  • High-quality parts selected for sound quality:  105° long life capacitors,  low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors, metallized film pulse  capacitor, ultra-fast diodes
  • Aluminum anti-resonant cabinet with Nextel
  • Designed and handmade in Italy
  • Input:
  •  - RJ45 AQlink (I2S serial bus) - 24 bit / 384 KHz
  •  - BNC coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  -  24 bit / 192 KHz
  •  - USB port  -  24 bit / 192 KHz
  •  - MODULAR INPUT upgradeable, options:
  •  - AES/EBU balanced 110 ohm  -  24 bit / 192 KHz
  •  - RCA coax (S/PDIF) 75 ohm  -  24 bit / 192 KHz
  •  - AT&T (ST Fiber) -  24 bit / 192 KHz
  •  - Optical TOSLINK -  24 bit / 96 KHz
  • Analog output:
  •  - RCA single-ended
  •  - XLR balanced asymmetrical (optional)
  • DAC options:
  •  - cod. D104K - Burr Brown PCM1704-K (2 dac) - sign magnitude R2R ladder DAC 24bit / 192 kHz - DFD MODE
  •  - cod. D101 - Philips TDA1541A - R2R 16 bit / 96 kHz - DFD MODE (R1, S1 grade selection on request)
  •  - cod. D165 - Analog Devices AD1865 - R2R 18 bit / 192 kHz - DFD MODE
  • Native Sample Rates Supported: S/PDIF - AES/EBU :24 bit / 192 KHz, AQlink - I2S serial bus : 24 bit / 384 Khz
  • Asynchronous USB: (High Speed) USB Type B
  • Digital Receiver: PLL (phase locked loop) technology 128 or 256 FS internally selectable
  • AQlink (I2S bus): CMOS level
  • Digital filter: Proprietary DFD (Direct From Decoder) digital decoding without digital filter
  • Oversampling factor: 1x
  • Digital to analog conversion type: MODULAR: Multibit sign magnitude R2R ladder (PCM1704 DAC option)
  • Analogue Outputs: UNBAL 2 RCA Output 2.1V RMS, BALANCED (asymmetrical output) 2 XLR Output : 4.2V RMS
  • Current / voltage conversion (I / V) Resistor passive (I / V)
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ω RCA - 200 Ω XLR
  • Load Impedance: 10 k Ω (min.)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +0.5dB/-0.5dB
  • THD + N: <0.1% 1KHz -20dB
  • Front Panel: Power, input selector, Phase Invert switch
  • Power Consumption: 100-115V / 220-240V; 50 or 60Hz - 58VA
  • Dimensions: ( W x D x H ) 450 x 310 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg
  • Front finish: Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
  • Case finish: Grey Nextel powder coated 


UK Delivery

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  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

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  • £60 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (1-2 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.

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  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
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    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.


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  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

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