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Paganini Upsampler

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Paganini Upsampler is designed to act as the hub of a digital audio system and will transform your listening experience, taking your music collection to levels you have not heard before. Accessing music from any digital source, Paganini Upsampler converts the audio from its native sample rate to either DSD (1-bit data at 2.822 MS/s) or standard high resolution PCM (24-bit data up to 192kS/s).

Possessing an array of independently selectable digital inputs, upsampling and filter options, Paganini Upsampler elevates the performance of Red Book CD from CD players or high resolution audio from digital streamers and servers to a previously unsurpassed level.

dCS pioneered the use of external clocks in digital audio systems and the multi-stage Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL) system used in Paganini Upsampler is extremely effective at controlling troublesome jitter from the incoming audio stream.

Paganini Upsampler also features an asynchronous USB input which allows high resolution audio to be played from a computer. In this mode the Upsampler synchronises the audio by providing a feedback pipe to the PC or Mac. The computer’s audio stream is effectively locked to the Upsampler, for dramatically lower jitter.

Key Features

  • Designed for maximum flexibility, both input and output configuration can be optimised for systems with various digital sources.
  • 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

    Digital-to-Digital Converter.

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • dimensions

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

  • weight

    10.6 kg/23.3lbs.

  • digital inputs

    USB 2.0 interface on a B-type connector. Operates in asynchronous mode. Accepts up to 24 bit data at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kS/s. AES3 on a 3-pin female XLR connector. 2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors.
    Each AES and SPDIF input will accept PCM data at up to 24 bits at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kS/s or DSD in DOP format.

  • digital outputs

    IEEE 1394 interface on 2x 6-way connectors. In DSD mode, the interface outputs dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s).
    2x AES3 on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each outputs 24 bit PCM data at 32, 44.1, 88,2, 96, 176.4 or 192kS/s or DSD in DOP format, OR as a Dual AES pair at 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kS/s or DSD in DOP format.
    2x SPDIF on RCA Phono connectors. Each outputs 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kS/s or DOP.

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock inputs

    Word Clock input on 1x BNC connector. Accepts standard Word Clock at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. Sensitive to TTL levels. Word Clock output on 1x BNC connector. Outputs standard Word Clock at a frequency equal to the (single wire) output data rate, or 44.1kHz when set to output DSD.

  • upsampling rates

    Data from any input may be converted to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kS/s or DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s). The output sample rate must be equal to or greater than the input sample rate.

  • spurious responses

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

  • filters

    A choice of anti-alias filter is available for 10 popular conversions

  • software updates

    Loaded from CD-R via PCM digital inputs or PC via USB input.

  • local control

    dCS Premium Remote control supplied as standard with Paganini Transport or RS232.

  • power supply

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

  • power consumption

    12.7 Watts typical/15 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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