But CD replay is only the beginning of the V2.0’s talents as the new network card in the upsampler, combined with the other software upgrades, have made an enormous difference to the way the Vivaldi can be implemented. I can imagine a 3-box set-up, minus transport, for those who prefer their music streamed or those who like to listen through Tidal, Spotify, or similar software. I employed a Synology SS drive, ripped CDs through dB Poweramp onto a MacBook Pro and sent the files over the network to the drive. Playback is easily controlled through the latest version of the Vivaldi app and the results are quite simply the best I have heard from file storage. At a stroke I can now see this as an entirely viable way of increasing a musical library without thinking that the quality is a step-down from CD replay itself. This to me is enormously significant. Employing Tidal, the SS drive, and another small Toshiba drive pre-loaded with high-definition material bought me to Roon. This is surely the best way to access multi-sourced digital files with all the associated metadata, and AS and I will be taking a look at the whole Roon software and the way you can employ it in the near future.
The software updates are free to existing Vivaldi owners, while the Network board upgrades will require a factory or dealer return. So, more versatile, easier to operate, and now better able to function as a true digital hub, the Vivaldi has moved to a completely new level with the 2.0 updates. But, for me, the beauty of what dCS have achieved comes when you spend time listening to it because it is both addictive and musically immersive. Yes, it’s expensive and supporting and cabling it at a high level means that it’s a lucky person who can afford to go all the way. The pay-off though is in my experience without musical equal. Aural art at its finest.
dCS Vivaldi CD/SACD Transport: £27,250
dCS Vivaldi DAC: £21,750
dCS Vivaldi Master Clock: £10,700
dCS Vivaldi Upsampler Plus UPnP Renderer: £15,299
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