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Aqua La Scala MkII Optologic DAC - HiFi+ Review

Jason Kennedy has recently reviewed Aqua Acoustic's DAC, the The Aqua La Scala Mk II, for HiFi+.

Aqua Acoustics pride themselves in manufacturing the best audio components at reasonable prices. Their DACs are no strangers to awards, with multiple "Knock Out Awards" from Digital Audio Review and a "Blue Moon Award" from already attached to their DAC Series.

"Aqua’s La Scala is very nearly as relaxed as the CAD 1543 MkII, another non oversampling DAC, but based on vintage multibit chips that is slightly more revealing and better in timing terms".

"It is also usefully quiet; with the more cerebral tones of Haydn it is possible to hear oodles of texture in the harmonics of original instruments while being inspired by the drama of the music".

Not only did the DAC produce an incredible sound it also managed to create a 3D landscape of the music.

"The Aqua has the power to get to the parts that other digital converters fail to reach".

Kennedy rounded off the review by saying:

"...this is a very natural sounding converter with excellent transparency and a musical fluency that makes you want to close your eyes and escape into the music. It has just enough features to make it user friendly but doesn’t draw attention to itself. In fact that is its key skill; it gets out of the way to let the music through. If you give it a decent source I guarantee an experience that will be hard to switch off".

Elite Audio are the official UK distributor for Aqua. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 01334 570 666 for more information.

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