We now have the brand new Vitus Audio RD-101 Reference Series DAC on permanent demonstration. Priced at £10,800 the RD-101 basically replaces the RD-100 and the RCD-101 from the previous range. However, the RD-101 is much more than a conventional DAC, as well as having all of the conventional socketry you’d come to expect on a DAC these days (USB B, 2 x AES inputs, 2 x Coaxial Inputs and both XLR and RCA outputs) there is also an Ethernet socket.
Connect the RD-101 to your router and it also becomes a fully fledged network streamer that can play Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, Deezer, it can also playback content stored on a NAS and is also a Roon Endpoint as well. Simply controlled by the MConnect App it makes the RD-101 a brilliant one-box source.
As always with Vitus they don’t often release a new product and when they do they always pull out all of the stops to ensure it performs way beyond previous models. Vitus have done a lot of work to the power supplies, output stages and of course the dac board itself to ensure it, as with all Vitus products, performs way past its price point.
Connected to a Melco N1ZH/2 using an Entreq Infinity Apollo USB Cable performance is outstanding. The presentation is typical Vitus through and through, it is endlessly detailed and incredibly engaging, but never forced or aggressive in nature. I hate to use the old hi-fi cliche of hearing things for the first time, but, I just said it! Playing through a selection of tracks I know really well I’m hearing fine layers of detail ands texture I’ve genuinely never heard before in my demo system, the mid-band and top end is almost ethereal in nature.
The network aspect is something I am going to in much greater detail in due course, when I find the time to play with it in depth basically – all I can say so far it that is works well, the MConnect app seems solid and stable and it sounds great. All the music services are there, you simply need to login to your account and away you go!