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About

Built to the highest specification, Puccini features a sleek, solid aluminium fascia, high grade aluminium casing, metal buttons and a smooth transport mechanism. Whether in CD, SACD or DAC mode, Puccini will extract every last bit of detail from your music, bringing a realism to the experience that you have never heard before.

In common with the Scarlatti and Paganini ranges, Puccini uses our proprietary DSD signal processing and dCS Ring DAC™. When playing a CD or a source via the digital inputs, Puccini can upsample conventional PCM to DSD and offers the choice between PCM or DSD playback.

A number of optimised DSP filter options elevate the performance further and allow listeners to use Puccini as a standalone DAC or the ultimate one-box CD/SACD player.

Puccini sets the performance standard for single-box CD/SACD players and DACs by optimising key dCS technologies in one stunning chassis. It also features a digital volume control (allowing you to connect directly to a power amplifier), as well as two digital inputs so other digital sources in your system can benefit from the onboard dCS Ring DAC™. A precision VCXO clock generator is housed in Puccini, and this can also be synchronised to an external master clock to further reduce jitter and improve performance.

Matching the Puccini Player with a U-Clock reduces jitter to even lower levels, improving on an already spectacular sound by taking it into an entirely new domain. With the clock added, images snap into sharper focus, the music gains authority and power, as well as offering noticeably higher detail resolution. Puccini U-Clock also features a USB to S/PDIF converter, which lets Puccini owners play high resolution music stored on computer via the legendary dCS Ring DAC inside the Puccini Player.

Puccini benefits from our ‘soft’ approach to programmable logic that allows new software to be loaded from a dCS update disc to add new features and adapt to changes in digital formats.

Key Features

  • Upsamples Red Book CD and other digital sources to DSD format and plays SACD natively.
  • Designed for maximum flexibility so both input and output configuration can be optimised for systems with various digital sources.
  • Flexible output configuration can be optimised in systems with or without preamplifiers.
  • All dCS products use a sophisticated multi-mode Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL), which significantly reduces clock jitter.
  • The built-in Paganini Transport uses a solidly constructed TEAC UMK5 mechanism with a metal tray built specially for dCS.
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
  • ‘Soft’ approach to programmable logic allows new software to be loaded from a dCS update CD to add new features and adapt to changes in digital formats.

 

Specification

Technical Specifications

  • type

    Upsampling CD/SACD Player.

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • mechanism

    Dual laser TEAC UMK-5 CD/SACD mechanism.

  • dimensions

    460mm/18.0” x 400mm/16.1” x 110mm/4.0”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • weight

    12.1kg/26.6lbs.

  • converter type

    CD data may be upsampled to DSD before oversampling. Proprietary dCS Ring DAC™ topology. Upsampling of audio received on digital inputs to DSD is possible with activation of DSD upsampling.

  • analogue outputs

    Output Levels: 2V rms or 6V rms on all outputs for a full-scale input, set in the menu.
    Balanced Outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin male XLR connectors (pin 2 = hot, pin 3 = cold). These outputs are electronically balanced and floating, the signal balance ratio at 1kHz is better than 40dB. Output impedance is 3Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (a 10kΩ load is recommended).
    Unbalanced Outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Output impedance is 52Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (a 10kΩ load is recommended).

  • digital inputs

    2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Each will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192kS/s or DSD in DOP format.

  • digital outputs

    2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Both output CD format PCM data when playing a CD only.

  • worldclock inputs

    Word Clock input on 1x 75Ω BNC connector. When playing a disc, accepts standard Word Clock at 44.1 or 88.2kHz. In DAC mode, accepts standard word clock at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple. Sensitive to TTL levels.
    Word Clock output on 1x 75Ω BNC connector. When playing a disc and not locked to an external clock, a TTL-compatible 44.1kHz Word Clock derived from the internal crystal oscillator is available on this output.

  • spurious responses

    Better than -100dB0 @ 20Hz – 20kHz.

  • l r crosstalk

    Better than –80dB, 20Hz - 20kHz.

  • upsampling rates

    CD data and data from the Digital Inputs (requires a license code) may be upsampled to DSD.

  • clock accuracy

    Better than +/-10 ppm when shipped (not temperature compensated).

  • software updates

    Updates loaded by CD-R.

  • local control

    dCS Premium Remote control supplied as standard or RS232.

  • power supply

    Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 49-62Hz.

  • power consumption

    30 Watts typical/40 Watts maximum.

Reviews

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    One Box Wonder – dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player and U-Clock

    HiFi Plus, Issue 73, March 2010

    Review by Steve Dickinson

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    State of the Art CD, SACD and High Res

    The Absolute Sound, Issue 200, February 2010

    Review by Robert Harley

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    Digital Done Right

    Stereophile, December 2009

    Review by John Atkinson

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    Read the follow up review

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Support

This is the support section for Puccini CD/SACD Player and U-Clock.   If you cannot find what you need please try the top menu Support section or Contact Us.

  • Quick Start Guide – dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player

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  • Product Datasheet – dCS Puccini U-Clock

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  • Product Datasheet – dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player

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  • User Manual – Puccini U-Clock

    Software v2.0x. This applies to units with serial numbers starting with PUC.

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  • User Manual – dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player v1.4x

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  • Remote Control Codes

    Last updated 11 Feb 2016.

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Awards

  • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

    Stereophile – Product of the Year 2010

    Dec 2010

  • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

    The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2010

    Dec 2010

  • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

    HiFi Review Hong Kong – Product of the Year 2008

    Dec 2008