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Aqua - La Diva - CD Transport

by Aqua

The Art of the digital domain

Uncompromised in every respect, La Diva cd transport is the culmination of aqua’s R&D in the areas of electronic and mechanical engineering.



  • High performance proprietary ISDC (Isolated Synchronous Discrete Circuit) digital decoding and clock manager
  • Custom designed discrete circuit with high-speed photocouplers for Galvanic and magnetic isolation between CD drive unit and digital output
  • Ultra massive chassis construction and newly developed high-rigidity sub chassis with Nextel for CD drive unit cancels internal and external acoustic and mechanical vibrations, enabling exceptionally accurate "Red Book" RF signal
  • DC disc drive motor allows to read the data accurately and minimise Jitter
  • Moplen clamp to avoid flywheel masses and vibrations
  • Sophisticated signal processing technology assures excellent CD Red Book signal
  • High-performance multi-stage voltage regulator (high-current stage for accurate servo DISC drive rotation, tracking and focus)
  • Jitter free digital interface AQlink (I2S protocol), uncompromising digital connection to our DACs
  • etherCON RJ45 (AQlink) output connection to DAC, employs CAT6 cable can connect both RJ45 and professional etherCON RJ45
  • Separate custom-built toroidal transformers for digital and servo motors/actuators
  • MODULAR DESIGN with upgradeable multi board system
  • Precision Philips CD-Pro2 transport customised
  • High-quality parts selected for sound quality: 105° long life capacitors, low noise Metal Foil ultra-precision resistors, metallised film pulse capacitor, ultra-fast diodes, halogen free cables
  • Aluminium top loading tray machined from billet
  • Non-magnetic low-resonance aluminium chassis with Nextel
  • Field upgradeable firmware
  • OLED display with user off-selectable illumination
  • Designed and handmade in Italy



  • Disc Compatibility - CD, CD-R
  • CD Formats - Red Book
  • Drive mechanism - PHILIPS CD-PRO2 Customised
  • Pick-Up Technology - TRIGINTA preamplifier & Laser supply
  • Optical - 3 beam method
  • Disc Drive Motor - Precision DC Motor
  • Servo power supply - High-performance multi-stage voltage regulator (high-current)
  • Digital decoder - Proprietary ISDC
  • Digital isolators - Custom designed discrete circuit with high-speed optocouplers
  • Digital Output - 1 AQlink PRO - I2S serial bus (etherCON RJ45); 2 S/PDIF 75 Ω (1 coaxial BNC, 1 coaxial RCA); 1 AES/EBU (XLR) 110 Ω; 1 AT&T (ST Fiber)
  • Word Clock Output - 1 coaxial BNC 75 ohm
  • AQlink (I2S bus) - CMOS level
  • Native Sample Rate - 16 bit / 44.1kHz
  • Front Panel - Standby, Display, Play, Pause, Stop, Previous, Next Switches
  • Display - OLED display with user off-selectable illumination
  • Remote Control - Infra Red (RC5)
  • Disc loading - Top-Loading (Manual)
  • Dimensions - ( W x D x H ) 450 x 370 x 100 mm
  • Weight - 10 kg
  • Front finish - Satin Alu Silver or Satin Black
  • Case finish - Grey Nextel powder coated

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