The dCS Lina Grade 1 Master Clock uses dual crystal oscillators to deliver a precise and stable clocking reference. Used as part of a complete Lina system, it enhances all aspects of sound for an even more immersive listening experience
- Allows the Lina Network DAC to be locked to a master reference signal for enhanced audio performance
- Minimises jitter and irregularities that can cause distortion
- Dual crystal oscillators - one for 44.1kHz and one for 48kHz - ensure accurate clocking for all audio formats and frequencies
- Standalone design with dedicated chassis and electronics minimises risk of clock signal interference
- Oven-controlled oscillators ensure a consistent and stable performance, even under changing conditions
- Minimises the risk of jitter and delivers a notable increase in sound quality when streaming or listening via USB
- Delivers clock signal accurate to > +/-1 ppm
- Uses proprietary clocking technology refined over three decades, for unrivalled precision and longevity
About the Lina Master Clock
The Lina Master Clock is a product inspired by our absolute dedication to achieving the highest possible standards of sound reproduction.
It is informed by our experience developing master clocks for professional and home use - something we’ve been doing for over 30 years - and the feedback we’ve received from listeners and audio experts who’ve experienced significant sonic benefits after adding a dCS master clock to their system.
Designed for use with the Lina Network DAC, it uses two crystal oscillators to deliver a precise and stable clocking reference for all audio formats and frequencies. When paired with the Lina DAC, it allows the DAC’s internal clock system to be locked to a master signal for even greater precision and enhanced audio performance.
Its standalone design ensures sensitive clocking components are protected from factors that can cause interference. Each crystal oscillator is also oven-controlled to ensure its performance remains consistent, even under changing conditions and temperatures.
Designed for maximum reliability and longevity, it is a silent but powerful component engineered to operate with absolute precision and consistency, so you can experience the best possible performance from your system. Combined with the Lina Network DAC and Headphone Amplifier, it delivers an even more profound and immersive listening experience, and helps ensure the audio you hear sounds exactly as it should.
Elegant and minimal in its appearance, the Lina Master Clock is a component designed to enhance your listening experience, without ever demanding your time or attention. Simply switch it on, sit back, and enjoy an even deeper connection with your music.
With its own dedicated chassis and power supplies, the Lina Master Clock provides the perfect environment for sensitive clocking circuitry. Its design ensures clock signals are protected from power interference, crosstalk and other factors that can affect signal integrity (and in turn, audio quality), for a consistent performance day after day, year after year.
35 years in the making
dCS pioneered the use of external master clocks in the 1980s, and we’ve been honing and refining our approach ever since. The Lina Master Clock brings together all that we’ve learned from our extensive experience developing clocks for professional and home use and our numerous innovations in the field.
Proven to inspire
Our research has shown that adding a master clock to a digital audio system can have a dramatic impact on sound. Subjective listening tests have revealed improved imaging, resolution, dynamic expression and localisation, plus a greater sense of rhythmic movement and flow. It’s for this reason that we’ve continued to advance the standard of clocking and develop dedicated master clocks for all multi-component dCS systems.
As with all dCS products, the Lina Clock is hand-assembled in Cambridgeshire, England, by our talented technicians - a highly skilled team of experts who make sure each product that leaves our factory is built to the highest possible standards. Each clock is subject to exhaustive performance tests and rigorous inspections before shipping, so you can be confident it provides the highest levels of performance and reliability.
|Clock Type||•Grade 1 Master Clock, with oven-controlled crystal oscillators|
|Clock Accuracy||•Better than +/-1 ppm when shipped over an ambient temperature range of +5°C to +45°C|
|Startup Time||•Typically 10 minutes to rated accuracy|
|Word Clock Outputs||
• 2 x independently buffered TTL-compatible output on 75Ω BNC connectors
• Output 1: fixed at 44.1kHz
• Output 2: fixed at 48kHz
|Power Link (synchronising on/off state with other products)||•2 x RJ45|
• 90-120v & 220-240v, 50/60Hz nominal
• Consumption 10W
|Product Dimensions / Weight||•121.5mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 339mm (D) / 7kg|
|Finish||•Black machined aluminium|
|Included with your dCS Lina Master Clock||
•1 x Mains cable [2m]
•1 x Power Link cable [0.5m]
•2 x BNC [0.5m]