dCS Lina Network DAC

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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 renowned dCS Ring DAC TM and Digital Processing Platform.


The Lina Network 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 reimagining of form and function.

With the Lina Network Streaming DAC, we’ve taken our core playback technologies, including the dCS Ring DAC™ and Digital Processing Platform, and added new innovations developed for headphone listeners. These include our first ever touch-screen display, a streamlined user interface for easier navigation, and a powerful flex-rigid 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 our singular approach to audio.

Add unique headphone optimization 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.

  • dCS Ring DAC system and Digital Processing Platform ensure audio is reproduced with absolute integrity, for a highly detailed, musical and deeply natural sound
  • Oven-controlled oscillators ensure a consistent and stable performance, even under changing conditions. Minimizes the risk of jitter and delivers a notable increase in sound quality when streaming or listening via USB.
  • 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 optimization, for a more natural and immersive experience when listening to a wide range of stereo recordings
  • Touch screen UI with customizable 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
  • Product Dimensions / Weight: 4.78in (H) x 8.66in (W) x 13.3in (D); 16.3lb (121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D); 7.4kg)
  • Finish: Black machined aluminium with crystal LED display
  • Electronics: dCS Ring DAC and Digital Processing Platform on flex ridged PCB; Stream Unlimited S800; Automatic voltage switching
  • Digital Inputs:
    • 2 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)
  • Analog Outputs:
    • 1 x stereo pair 3 pin balanced XLR
    • 1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA
  • Network Interface: RJ-45 Connector
  • Streaming Compatibility (supports the following platforms and services):
    • UPnP
    • Qobuz
    • Deezer
    • Tidal
    • Internet Radio
    • Spotify
    • Apple AirPlay 2 (support at 44.1 or 48kS/s)
    • RoonReady
  • Sample Frequencies & Formats (supports the following audio formats and sample rates):
    • 44.1-384kHz
    • DSD 64, 128
    • Native DSD + DoP (input dependent)
  • Upsampling: Multi-stage DXD oversampling with switchable DSD
  • Word Clock: 2 x Word Clock inputs on 75 ohm BNC connectors; will lock to 44.1-192kHz
  • Filters: PCM mode: 2 filters + MQA; DSD mode: 4 progressive filters
  • Crossfeed Settings: Standard crossfeed; dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E1); dCS Enhanced crossfeed (E2)
  • Power:
    • IEC 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 Responses: Better than –105dB0, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Analogue Outputs: 1 x stereo pair 3 pin balanced XLR, 1 x stereo pair unbalanced RCA
  • L-R Crosstalk: Better than –115dB0, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Included with Lina DAC: 1 x mains cable; 2 x XLR (0.5m); 1 x Ethernet cable (2m); 1 x Power Link cable (0.5m)


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