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Paganini CD/SACD Transport

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Paganini Transport is built to the highest specification and features a sleek, solid aluminium fascia, thick aluminium casing, metal buttons and a smooth transport mechanism. Its TEAC Esoteric™ UMK5 drive is robustly constructed and features a metal tray built specially for dCS. All signal processing and electronics in the Transport are designed and developed in-house by dCS.

Paganini Transport upsamples CD data to DSD, transmitting DSD data over the IEEE1394 and Dual AES interface. SACDs are played in their native format and also transmitted over IEEE1394 and Dual AES. Native CD data is available from 4 PCM outputs (2x AES3 and 2x S/PDIF), as is downsampled SACD data.

Paganini Transport is intended to be used with the matching Paganini DAC or any suitable industry-standard DAC. The unit may be run in Master mode or by using the DAC as the system clock. Performance is further enhanced by adding the Paganini Clock to the system.

Key Features

  • Upsamples Red Book CD to DSD format and plays SACD in its native format.
  • Uses a solidly constructed TEAC UMK5 mechanism with a metal tray built specially for dCS.
  • All dCS products use a sophisticated multi-mode Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL) which significantly reduces clock jitter.
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
  • Aerospace-grade aluminium chassis and laminated acoustic damping panels reduce magnetic effects and vibration.
  • Low-power LC display makes the user interface easier to read, keeps power requirements down and minimises electrical noise.
  • ‘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.



Technical Specifications

  • type

    Upsampling CD/SACD Transport

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • mechanism

    Dual layer TEAC UMK-5 CD/SACD mechanism.

  • dimensions

    460mm/18.1” x 400mm/15.8” x 110 mm/4.4”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • weight


  • digital outputs

    IEEE 1394 interface on 2x 6-way connectors. The interface outputs dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s) whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin male XLR connectors. Each outputs CD format data (16 bits at 44.1kS/s), whether a CD or SACD is playing.
    When set to Vivaldi mode, the 2 outputs act as a Dual AES pair, carrying dCS-encrypted DSD data whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Each outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing.

  • upsampling rates

    CD data may be upsampled to DSD.

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock inputs

    Word Clock input on 1x BNC connector, accepts standard Word Clock at 44.1kHz or 88.2kHz. Sensitive to TTL levels.
    Word Clock output on 1x BNC connector. With the transport in Master mode, a TTL-compatible 44.1kHz Word Clock derived from the internal crystal oscillator is available on this output.

  • clock accuracy

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

  • software updates

    Loaded from 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

    20 Watts typical/30 Watts maximum.


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    Digital Supremacy – dCS Paganini Digital Playback System

    Tone Audio,  No.33 November 2010

    Review by Jeff Dorgay

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    Upsizing – dCS Paganini Digital Playback System

    HiFi World, April 2010

    Review by David Price

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    Ring Tone – dCS Paganini DAC

    HiFi World, October 2009

    Review by David Price



This is the support section for dCS Paganini Digital Playback Syetem.   If you cannot find what you need please try the top menu Support section or Contact Us.

  • Quick Start Guide – dCS Paganini Digital Playback System

  • Product Datasheet – Paganini CD/SACD Transport

  • Product Datasheet – Paganini Master Clock

  • Product Datasheet – Paganini Upsampler

  • Product Datasheet – Paganini DAC

  • User Manual – Paganini CD/SACD Transport v1.1x

  • User Manual – Paganini Master Clock

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

  • User Manual – Paganini Upsampler v1.2x

  • User Manual – Paganini DAC v1.3x

  • Remote Control Codes

    Last updated 11 Feb 2016.



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