John Quick, representing dCS, will be presenting at our event debuting the new dCS Rossini Thursday, October 8th.
The Sound Environment introduces the dCS Rossini DAC/Streamer/Player. The Rossini is available in two versions, one of them a DAC/Streamer only. The second version includes a CD transport. The Streamer is dCS’s latest development of their streaming technology, originally developed for the Vivaldi series as a separate component. There is also a separate clock available for improved performance. We will show all three components at the event and make available comparisons to the Vivaldi. Like the Vivaldi, the Rossini employs the famous dCS Ring DAC, which allows DAC advances to be implemented easily, unlike most other DACs that just use a chip. Also, like the Vivaldi, the Rossini is capable of driving amplifiers directly with stellar results and without a line preamplifier.
The Rossini DAC will be available throughout October for an introductory price of $22,499. November 1, 2015, the regular price $23,999 will take effect. While the Rossini is not inexpensive, it is a great value. For all but the very most revealing, state of the art systems, it offers performance sufficiently close to the Vivaldi to do a great job at a fraction of the Vivaldi DAC plus Upsampler/Streamer price.
The Rossini just arrived (October 1), and will be ready for audition after break in next week.
The dCS website has an excellent write up on the Rossini. Click HERE to read.
Vivaldi compared to other DACs
The dCS Vivaldi exceeds the performance of every other DAC that we have had the opportunity to audition. As usual in doing product evaluations we check with other dealers and manufacturers whose outlook we share about their experience. For instance Andy Payor, at Rockport has auditioned DACs selling for up to three times as much as the Vivaldi and has settled on the Vivaldi.