The middle child, that wants to be different, yet regarded as being competent like the eldest, and getting the same attention as the youngest... Enter the La Scala MKII.
The La Scala features the optological conversion system used in the more expensive Formula xHD, but - just to be different - it has a pair of ECC81 tubes for a hint of warmth and smoothness. All in all, the LA Scala is anincredibly transparent DAC with a hint of sweetness. Well done middle child, you have created an identity of your own.
Price - $9990
The La Diva Transport is the perfect playmate for any DAC. It features a wide variety of outputs - including seldom seen ST glass fibre - and an etherCON RJ45 connection for a jitter free link to any Aqua DAC. In addition, the internal modular construction ensures that the La Diva can be kept current in case the good folks Aqua come up with any improvements down the road.
The La Diva is a well built, versatile, and highly musical Transport. Essentially, this is Aqua's attempt at an all out assault on compact disc reproduction.
Price - $10990
Though the La Voce S3 may be Aqua's "entry level" DAC, there is nothing remotely "entry level" about it. The La Voce features a full complement of digital inputs, with an option for adding an ST glass fibre input. The proprietary FPGA-based digital decoder renders music in a natural, highly engaging manner.
In addition, the La Voce has proven to be incredibly friendly with other components. Any digital sources I've thrown at it - transports, streamers, computers - have all been accommodated with ease. A terrific piece of equipment that stands up well beyond it's price level.
Price - $5490
The Formula xHD is truly a reference level digital/analog converter. It is built with painstaking attention to detail, using clever design and premium parts. The Formula xHD implements the ultimate in R2R ladder design. There is no digital filtering. The digital section (including the clock) and analog section are completely isolated from each other using galvanic and magnetic isolation. You think that sounds good? Wait until you hear the DAC itself.
If only the best will do, buy this.
Price - $19990
All Pricing In Canadian Funds