Rossini Upsampling CD/SACD Transport


Rossini Upsampling CD/SACD Transport is designed to deliver excellent performance: it’s rigidity, vibration resistance and resonance-free operation offers a stable and near-silent performance that extracts astonishing levels of detail from silver discs.

Featuring a 2mm steel frame, cast aluminium disc tray and vibration dampening materials and using the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DAC technology, originally developed for the flagship Vivaldi series, Rossini’s single FPGA brings improved signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.

CD data is upsampled to DSD, DSD/128 or DXD (24-bit 352.8 kS/s) and transmitted over the Dual AES/EBU interface; SACDs are played in their native DSD format, again over the Dual AES/EBU interface.


In-store purchase only, please call 0141 221 0221 or email glasgow@loud-clear.co.uk to reserve/enquire.

ROSSINI APEX – The Visionary
Latest generation Rossini system combines state-of-the-art engineering with exquisite craftsmanship and a timeless aesthetic, delivering a performance that is equal parts detailed and expressive. Choose from an integrated Player or dedicated DAC, CD/SACD Transport and Clock for a unique experience that encapsulates the dCS singular approach to digital playback.

System Components:
Rossini Player
Combining DAC, music streamer and CD transport, Rossini integrated player brings the most advanced dCS technology into a single, elegant design, providing a complete music system renowned for its precision, composure and musical purity.

Rossini DAC Designed for both complete flexibility and unrivalled musical expression, the Rossini DAC features new Ring DAC APEX and signal processing platform plus a custom high performance UPnP music streamer.

Rossini Master Clock The Rossini Grade 1 master clock offers world-leading levels of accuracy and jitter control. Paired with our Rossini electronics, it delivers an even greater sense of space, depth and musical realism.

Rossini CD/SACD Transport Designed to deliver excellent performance in rigidity, vibration resistance and resonant-free operation, the Rossini Transport offers a stable and near-silent performance that extracts astonishing levels of detail from silver discs.


Rossini – 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 dCS headquarters in Cambridgeshire, the Rossini is born from meticulous craft, exhaustive development and an obsessive attention to detail – a relentless pursuit of musical purity that has inspired dCS 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, it’s a system that can grow and evolve, delivering a state-of-the-art listening experience for years to come.

An esteemed cohort to the renowned Vivaldi system, it features 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 CD/SACD Transport Key Features

  • Utilises the latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform for state-of-the-art measured performance and unrivalled musical experience.
  • Plays Red Book CDs in their native 16/44.1 format AND upsamples the data to either DSD, DSDx2 or DXD.
  • Plays SACDs in their native DSD format AND downsamples the data to 16/44.1 format.
  • Configuration Menu – Ability to save/ restore settings, and EasyPlay improves ease-of-use.
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
  • Multi-stage power regulation ensures sensitive clock / PLL circuitry is unaffected by digital interference.
  • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration.


Type: Upsampling CD/SACD Transprt

Colour: Silver or Black

Mechanism: Dual laser CD/SACD mechanism

Dimensions: 444mm / 17.5” x 435mm / 17.2” x 178mm / 7.0“. Allow extra depth for cable connectors

Weight: 20.6kg/45.3lbs

Digital Outputs: 1 x Dual AES Pair on 2 x 3-pin male XLR connectors (AES1+2). While an SACD is playing, the interface outputs encrypted DSD data. While a CD is playing, the Settings > Upsample Mode menu page sets the interface to output either encrypted DSD data (1 bit at 2.822MS/s) or DXD data (24 bits at 352.8kS/s) or DSDx2 data (1 bit at 5.644MS/s); 1 x AES interface on 3-pin male XLR connector (AES3). Outputs 16/44.1 data, whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2 x SPDIF interface on 1 x RCA Phono and 1 x BNC connectors. Each outputs 16/44.1 data, whether a CD or SACD is playing

Wordclock I/O: 1 x Word Clock Input on BNC connector, accept standard Word Clock at 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4kHz. Sensitive to TTL levels. Lock range is +/-300ppm. 1 x Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector. With the Transport in Master mode, a TTL-compatible Word Clock is output

Clock Accuracy: The calibration accuracy when shipped is +/-10ppm, (not temperature compensated)

Software Updates: Updates are loaded directly from CD-R

Local Control: dCS Universal Remote (supplied with Rossini Transport as standard. Via the Mosaic app, RS232 app or a third party device)

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

Power Consumption: 16W typical / 50W maximum. Consumes less than 0.5W when powered down from the front panel