Awards and Reviews

"While I'm not quite ready to sell my analogue gear, La Scala MkII is a fantastic product whose warm sonic embrace I can't imagine anyone in their right mind describing as "digital". It does have a sound though: It's wonderfully musical, inviting, enveloping, and entrancing."

Ola Björling
AUDIOSTREAM

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"You can not do much better! The La Scala Optologic is one of the best DACs I have ever heard." (translated)

Christian Möller
AUDIO Magazine


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CES 2018: Stereophile Binaural Video Reports
"Excellent Sound"

John Atkinson
Stereophile
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"Yea what he (and I) said! The Aqua Formula joins the rarefied air of music making DACs that shatter digital's glass."

Michael Lavorgna
AUDIOSTREAM

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"The great thing about the Formula xHD DAC is that it offers unprecedented purity and all the advantages of the aforementioned R2R designs and adds to this all the dynamic power and drive that I could ask for, while totally avoiding imposing any character onto the sound."
"But in the end all the technology in the world means nothing if it does not distil into great sound. Fortunately, after having heard the Formula xHD DAC, I can testify that this DAC is truly magnificent!"

Christiaan Punter
HIFI ADVICE
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Christiaan Punter of HIFI ADVICE: “WOW”, this is a seriously great DAC!
The "Greatest Bits”, new award for the Formula DAC
"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."

"The Aqua has the power to get to the parts that others fail to reach."

Jason Kennedy
Hi-Fi+

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Jason Kennedy | HI-FI +: “The Aqua has the power to get to the parts that others fail to reach.”
"The Formula does. So it pays to study its recipe in detail. It really is something else."

Srajan Ebaen
6MOONS

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Formula DAC 6MOONS Blue Moon Award
"In its Optologic incarnation, the La Scala MKII cements further its position at the very top of the DAR-KO DAC Index and DAR-KO Award assignation becomes as easy as it has ever been. In a word, primo!"

John H. Darko
DIGITAL AUDIO REVIEW

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The new La Scala MKII Optologic awarded by John Darko
LA DIVA CD TRANSPORT & LA SCALA MKII DAC review by Leo Yeh - MY-HIEND >
LA DIVA CD TRANSPORT & LA SCALA MKII DAC review by Jürgen Saile - HIFISTATEMENT >
LA DIVA CD TRANSPORT & LA SCALA MKII DAC review by Audio Art >
LA DIVA CD TRANSPORT & FORMULA DAC review by Soundex >
"But not only existing customers profit from the additional efforts that Aqua has invested in La Scala, because even those who do not yet own one of the noble Ladder DACs can be convinced by the Italian qualities." (TRANSLATED)

Philipp Schneckenburger
EINSNULL

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"Put my name down too on this growing list of outspoken admirers for the Aqua Hifi La Scala II!"

Srajan Ebaen
6MOONS

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The Mono and Stereo Upper Echelon Product Award
"The Formula xHD DAC encompass THE very attributes of 21st century high-end audio digital replay with the "set of skills", that were unthinkable few years back. I'm talking about sound quality without even entering the price point."

Matej Isak
MONO & STEREO

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"Aqua Acoustic Quality’s Formula xHD is an extremely fine-sounding DAC whose warmth and ability to decode files of extremely high resolution should win it many admirers. Many will also applaud its designer’s rejection of digital filters, oversampling, upsampling, and MQA."

Jason Victor Serinus
Stereophile - June 2018

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Jason Victor Serinus | Stereophile: “Formula xHD is an extremely fine-sounding DAC”
"The best sound at CES-indeed one of the best sounds I’ve heard at a trade show- it was worth coming to Vegas just to hear this system. "

Jonathan Valin
The Absolute Sound

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The Absolute Sound: The best sound at CES
"His heart is certainly an extremely sophisticated electronic system.

The most important thing is the sound, and about it Aqua shows something that - regardless of price - few DACs will be able to repeat."

Tomasz Karasiński
StereoLife

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New Award by StereoLife
"Aqua Acoustic Quality Formula xHD: transparent as aqua"

"A natural, honest sound, very detailed and dynamic, without perceptible colorations"

Victor Gorbatov
STEREO & VIDEO

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TEST | Formula xHD by Victor Gorbatov | STEREO & VIDEO
"Sub·lim·i·nal
Adjective (of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone's mind without their being aware of it.
This is the definition of subliminal courtesy of Google’s online dictionary and is an apt descriptor for how the Aqua Acoustic Quality La Voce S3 Discrete DAC"

Rafe Arnott
Audiostream

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La Voce S3 Discrete by Rafe Arnott | Audiostream: Sub·lim·i·nal
AV Showrooms: Gold Show Award
"The Lamm room had a big, bold and sensual sound"

Peter Breuninger
AV Showrooms


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"Formula vincente"

Andrea Della Sala e Giulio Salvioni
AUDIOGALLERY

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Audiogallery #13 | Audiostar