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Awards & Reviews

Formula DAC 6MOONS Blue Moon Award 2016

by Srajan Ebaen, 6MOONS

“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 (..)”

La Voce S2 dac  – Stereo Times Most Wanted Component 2015

by David Abramson, STEREO TIMES

“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”

HIFI STATEMENT NETMAGAZINE Test. La Scala MK II and La Diva

by Jürgen Saile, HIFISTATEMENT

“Excellent musical presentation of the two devices. The converter : I hate to give back.” (TRANSLATED)

La Voce S2

by Srajan Ebaen, 6MOON

“It really is a wonderful overall package that has me wonder.”

La Scala MKII – The publisher’s year’s favourites 2014

by Srajan Ebaen, 6MOONS

“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!”

The DAR-KO award for La Voce S2

By John H. Darko, DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

“One word to nail this Aqua’s essence? Rectitude. The La Voce S2 keeps treble incision on a short leash, there’s just the right amount of upper-mid crisp-crunch and an elegant sufficiency of low end import.”

La Diva cd transport & La Scala MKII

by Srajan Ebaen, 6MOONS

“Naturally relaxed, full of musicality” (TRANSLATED)

La Scala MK II Blue Moon Award 2014

by Srajan Ebaen, 6MOONS

“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.”

DAR’s favourite bits of 2014

By John H. Darko, DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

“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”

The Ear HIFI MUSIC GEAR : 5-star for La Scala MKII D/A Converter

by René Van Es, THE EAR

“The best ever for my system. The right size with lower registers under the fingers of the left hand filling the room impressively, the higher notes pinpointed where they ought to be. The sound is majestic to say the least”

La Scala MKII, There’s no doubt

by John Darko, DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

“There’s no doubt that this is the finest sounding DAC to date to grace my life/system/website with its presence.”