Aqua La Scala MKII Optologic DAC


Have recently decided to take the plunge and I’m adding full digital streaming to both the audio systems in my house.  I recently added a innous  zen mini mk2 plus a Weiss dac501 to the basement system. The mini mk2 was at a fantastic price in that the mkiii had just come out. At the same time I ordered a innous zenith mkiii for the system on our main floor. Love what the combination of the Weiss dac501 and the zen mini have done.  Also finally started using Roon. 

Looking for for a second DAC to go with the system on the main floor that the zenith mkiii will live with.  I heard the La Scala MKII Optologic DAC at a local store and really enjoyed what I heard. Also I like the idea of a r2r ladder DAC. 

Long story to get the question. I see on the Roon site and the aqua site that the aqua foundation is Roon ready.  But does not mention that the La Scala MKII Optologic DAC is . 

Does anyone one know if the La Scala MKII Optologic DAC is Roon ready ???

the new streamers are replacing a Sony hap z1es and a Cambridge Audio 851n. 

After 6 weeks the zenith MKIII should be in this week. 
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Send a note to Cristian Anelli, the designer of the Aqua products, and ask him this question. He can be reached at: [email protected]

I own an Aqua Formula DAC and like it a lot. The Formula supports Apple's Core Audio so I plug a Mac Mini into it to stream from either Tidal or Qobuz integrated under Roon.
Thank you for the email link.

Biketony the Aqua Dacs are truly special aside from their amazing musicality, Aqua is one of the very companies that actually builds products that can continue to evolve.

Over the years we have been told by manufacturerers that their products are upgradable and boom a few years later a new platform and zero upgrade ability.

Aqua has proven they will deliver on that promise, a user who bought a La Voice Mk I can upgrade to a Mk II and then a Mk III.

The complete modularity of their designs is truly refreshing as well as their stubborn philsophy of only adding a design feature if and when they can make it sound proper.

We asked Christian Angeneli to add a digtial streaming board to help make the dac’s more competitive at their price points. Low and behold we got an email back showing the really inexpensive commercial board that many "high" end companies put in their products.

Christin is open to the soluton but only if it is a really good one.

Market driven in terms of sound quality, obsolesence proof,  and not willing to compromise to sell more product is a refreshing difference.

One of our biggest discussion points is a very popular company whose products are always going through a new firmware every year that magically makes the Dac sound so much better.

The reality is that many companies use FPGA and never change their firmware other than big fixes, because the design is a mature one.

The real way to gain long term satisfaction is to make a product that can easily morph into the next generation product.

We opened up a La Scala MK II dac and counted either 8 or 9 individual boards, in the design, you can for a nominal cost impliment changes because each part of the dac is addressable. Swap out input boards, output boards, power supplies, clocking etc.

The highly rated FPGA array based dac with the every year new miracle software dac that so many here talk about is built on three board with one being the streaming board, the other is the power supply and the main board. To change anythiing you have to throw out the main board.

Upgradable via software only yes to a point, we will take upgradable with both FPGA possible firmware upgrades coupled to a completely non compartmentalized multi board design any day of the week.

Aqua continues to make better and better sounding digital.

A great dac from a company that really cares about its clients.

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Aqua Hifi Dealer




Thank you for the response audiotroy.


I emailed Cristian Anelli at Aqua last night and he replied before I got up this morning.  Please see his response.

Dear Tony,

I confirm all aqua DACs are fully compatible with Roon via USB. The Formula xHD was officially tested in Roon labs.

Also, we are now evaluating to introduce an external "Network AQlink Gateway" device, (Roon/RAAT and DLNA network protocols) developed on the basis of the same know-how of LinQ, and designed to be connected to our DACs. This device will have of course a lower price than the LinQ, and cost-sensitive (around of $ 1800 USD).

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further info.