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Chris Thomas has posted part one of his review of the dCS Vivaldi transport (£24,499) and DAC (£19,499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions:
“The question that evening wasn’t if the two-box Vivaldi could out perform the full Paganini set. I had accepted that fact after a few bars. It is quite simply at a different performance level completely and judged as a straight CD player in this configuration I would say that it heralds a completely new level of CD replay altogether. Nothing I have ever heard comes anywhere close. If you are thinking that CD, as a format is fast becoming an irrelevance then you have clearly not heard the Vivaldi. What became utterly apparent, after only a few hours listening was confirmed as the music flowed and the weeks passed. The challenge, despite views to the contrary, is and always has been getting the information from the disc, decoding it and providing your amplification with a signal of sufficient quality. If you think that 44.1kHz/16 bit is an ancient format that we have simply outgrown, then the Vivaldi will give you pause for thought. In fact, if you love music, it will rock you to the core.”
You can read the full review here.