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The purest expression
Powerful and graceful too, the Rossini renders music with the utmost precision and care, delivering a fluid and natural sound without the slightest hint of harshness or glare. From the softest strings to the sharpest brass, and the quietest intake of breath, it unearths each aspect of a recording to reveal a performance that feels layered, lifelike and whole.

No matter how complex the music, it never loses its composure, or its sense of rhythm and flow, tracking even the swiftest shift in dynamics and pace with a sense of utter control. With its unshakable focus and astonishing insight, it presents a holographic view of a recording, and the atmosphere and space in which a performance takes place.

Designed and hand-assembled at our headquarters in Cambridgeshire, England, the Rossini is born from meticulous craft, exhaustive development and an obsessive attention to detail - a relentless pursuit of musical purity that has inspired us to push the limits of sound reproduction.

Combining robust engineering with an elegant aesthetic, the Rossini is built to withstand even the most intensive use and deliver a truly immersive sound at all levels and outputs. With its flexible, future-proof design, its a system that can grow and evolve, delivering a state-of-the-art listening experience for years to come.

An esteemed cohort to our renowned Vivaldi system, it features our proprietary Ring DAC system, digital processing platform, and clocking architecture - a combination of hardware and software that is unrivalled in its sonic and technical performance.

New for 2022, the Rossini APEX benefits from the latest generation dCS Ring DAC APEX hardware. This major upgrade brings a range of measured and sonic improvements, allowing us to further enhance the performance of this much-loved and multi-award-winning system, and provide an even richer experience for listeners.

APEX: A Closer Look

Learn more about the development of our new Ring DAC APEX hardware and the various benefits it delivers for listeners. This week, we're celebrating the launch of our latest innovation with an in-depth look at the creation of the dCS Ring DAC APEX. Following the launch of our APEX short film, we've published an article which offers a deeper insight into our development process and the steps we've taken to further enhance the Ring DAC's performance. The article features insights from dCS Managing Director David Steven and Director of Product

  • Development Chris Hales and explores the following topics:

  • How we enhanced the Ring DACs analogue performance, including specific modifications made to the Ring DACs hardware.

  • How we approached the development process, from initial exploration through to listening tests.

  • The subjective and measured benefits of APEX.

  • Our motivations and objectives.

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DAC Key Features

Latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform brings state-of-the-art signal processing and flexibility

dCS Ring DAC APEX, as used in Vivaldi playback system, delivers enhanced sonic and technical performance

High quality streaming from TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer and internet radio via the dCS Mosaic Control app

Roon Ready, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and UPnP compatible

USB, AES, Dual AES and S/PDIF digital audio inputs

Integral, high quality CD transport for silver disc playback

Multi-stage DXD oversampling design with optional DSD upsampling; user-selectable DSP and DSD filters

Auto clocking system improves ease of use and minimises jitter

Multi-stage power regulation and twin mains transformers isolate analogue, digital and clock circuitry

Firmware-upgradeable for future functionality and performance upgrades

Features a full MQA decoder. This MQA implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise



Upsampling CD/Network Player

Silver or Black

444mm / 17.5 x 435mm / 17.2 x 151mm / 6.0. Allow extra depth for cable connectors

17.4kg / 38.3lbs

Converter Type
dCS proprietary Ring DAC topology. Operates at 6MHz (Map 1 or 3) or 3MHz (Map 2)

Digital Inputs
Ethernet network port on RJ45 connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD128 in DFF/DSF format; USB 2.0 interface on B-type connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD128 in DoP format; USB On-The-Go interface on A-type connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD128 in DFF/DSF format; 2 x AES/EBU inputs on 3-pin female XLR connectors, accepts 24-bit 44.1 192kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format; 1 x Dual AES pair, accepts 24-bit 88.2 384kS/s PCM, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format; 1 x SPDIF on RCA Phono connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 192kS/s PCM & DSD/64 in DoP format; 1 x SPDIF on BNC connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 192kS/s PCM & DSD/64 in DoP format; 1 x SPDIF optical on TOSLINK connector, accepts 24-bit 44.1 96kS/s PCM

Stream Unlimited JPL-2800 SilverStrike with aluminium tray

Analogue Outputs
1 x pair balanced outputs on 2 x XLR connectors. Output levels: 0.2V, 0.6V, 2V, 6V rms for a full-scale input, set in the menu. Output impedance: 3Ω. Maximum load: 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended); 1 x pair unbalanced outputs on 2x RCA connectors. Output levels: 0.2V, 0.6V, 2V, 6V rms for a full-scale input, set in the menu. Output impedance: 52Ω. Maximum load: 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended)

Wordclock I/O
2 x Word Clock Inputs on 2 x BNC connectors, accept standard Word Clock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple of the clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels; 1x Word Clock Output on 1 x BNC connector. With Sync Mode set to Master, a TTL-compatible Word Clock is output

Full decoding and rendering of MQA data from the Network and USB2 inputs. Final rendering of unfolded MQA data only from the other inputs

Residual Noise
16-bit data: Better than -96dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted. 24-bit data: Better than 113dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted (6V output setting)

L R Crosstalk
Better than -115dB0, 20Hz 20kHz

Spurious Response
Better than -105dB0, 20Hz 20kHz

PCM mode: up to 6 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce out-of-audio band noise level

User selectable PCM upsampling to DXD, DSD or DSDx2

Software Updates
Loaded from CD-R or via PCM digital inputs or PC via USB input. Download and update functionality available via dCS Mosaic App

Local Control
dCS Mosaic App for Unit Configuration and Music Playback. RS232 interface (controlled by a 3rd party automation system). IR remote control dCS Universal Remote is supplied with Rossini Player

Power Supply
Factory set to either 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC, 50-60Hz

Power Consumptions
26 Watts typical / 35 Watts maximum

Operations Systems
Windows Vista / 7 / 8.1 / 10, Mac OSX 10.10. dCS USB driver is required for Windows in Audio Class 2 Mode


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