• DAR’s favourite bits by John H. Darko
"No DAC impressed me more in 2014 - or any other year for that matter - than the Aqua La Scala MKII."
"the best-sounding D/A converter we’ve heard to date. The La Scala’s almost sentient way with drama and textural reveal puts it at the very top of the Darko DAC Index"
John H. Darko
DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW
• La Scala MKII - The publisher's year's favourites by Srajan Ebaen
"La Scala gives the feisty one-finger salute to DSD might tell you how I feel about that fashion madness. That it manages an ideal balance between speed and substance tells you why it had my vote. A most analogue digital deck, albeit sans volume control!"
• La Scala MK II Blue Moon Award
"With the La Scala II, I got both plus. In that sense it was an audio equivalent of the Buddhist Middle Path high up the mythical mountain."
"Put my name down too on this growing list of outspoken admirers for the Aqua Hifi La Scala II."
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• La Voce S2 - New AQ-i modular system
D111 XLR | D112 AT&T ST Fiber | D113 RCA | D114 TOSLINK
The AQ-i modular is a new set of DAC input for La Voce S2 with High Resolution platform.
• New award for La Voce S2
"One word to nail this Aqua’s essence? Rectitude"
John H. Darko
DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW
• La Voce S2 dac AWARDED again - Stereo Times Most Wanted Component 2015
“La Voce's big brother, Aqua HIfi's La Scala, is justifiably well regarded as a master of musicality at a non uber-DAC price point.
Little brother La Voce… R2R NOS DAC is the genuine article; incredibly natural sounding with all genres, easily winning a place in my system up against various and sundry more 'modern' Sabre and delta/sigma based brethren.
Some things were done a certain way for a long time for good reason”
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"With the original La Scala 2 being one of my two reference converters and the top deck in contributor John Darko's DAC index, exploring audible space beyond it seemed, truth be told, a rather tall order. How much room was there left for improvement? What ungodly reference gear would it take to hear it? As it turned out, the Formula delivered a demonstrable lead with €6'500-class ancillaries like a Pass Labs XA30.8 or pair of Zu Audio Druid V speakers. If you're an audio aboriginal who goes deep walkabout into gargantuan soundstages to cherish size, scale and utmost specificity about recorded space, this Italian formula has your number. But it's not merely about the usual 3D markers and how precisely and widely spaced they are. It's about an added dimension. That accesses the emotional mood or climate of the playback scenery. Whilst costlier decks came through earlier, none of them did it at that potency. Granted, to fully matter relies on superior recordings. Lesser or purely synthetic efforts reveal that they lack that particular magic. Finally there's this peculiar easy-digital aspect as though your brain's usually active aural processor went on holiday because it's not needed. As such, I must highlight Aqua Hifi's Formula with one of our sparsely administered awards. True, it's serious money. But it's seriously well built. And it delivers very serious performance. Yet all this multi-stage seriousness melts away when one is faced by such deep holistic listening satisfaction. That's what the 'high' in hi-end should be all about. Cachet, pride of ownership, resell value and bling to impress the ignorant with all factor. But they pale to nothing against delivering the actual experience. The Formula does. So it pays to study its recipe in detail. It really is something else."
• Formula DAC 6MOONS Blue Moon Award