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The new dCS Rossini Player makes superlative sounding music from a wide range of digital sources, simply integrating your digital music and setting the performance standard for digital playback.

This single-box digital music player features the legendary dCS Ring DACTM and signal processing platform, plus a custom high performance UPnP music streamer and CD transport.

Rossini plays music through an array of industry-standard USB, AES and S/PDIF digital inputs, and can stream over Ethernet from a NAS drive or online music services such as TIDALTM, QobuzTM, SpotifyTM and DeezerTM, Internet Radio and from Apple devices via AirplayTM. An integral disc transport mechanism is fitted for Compact Disc playback.

Designed for flexibility and ease of use without compromise, Rossini uses the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DACTM technology, originally developed for the flagship Vivaldi series. Its single FPGA brings improved signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.

Rossini Player has a powerful new user interface, plus a custom control app that lets listeners manage their music playback from any source in an elegantly simple way – accessing CD playback, music streaming services, digital and UPnP sources from one control point. The Rossini app also features an intuitive install and configuration wizard for ease of set-up.

Featuring DXD upsampling as standard, the multi-stage oversampling design offers optional DSD upsampling plus an extensive selection of DSP filters to suit individual taste and music choice. The network streaming functionality within Rossini Player is unparalleled in its processing power and jitter performance, and currently runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs, plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD.

The Rossini Player’s CD mechanism does not support SACD, but SACD data can be played via Dual AES output from dCS Vivaldi, Scarlatti or Paganini Transports.

Rossini supports the simple yet highly effective dCS ‘auto clocking’ architecture as used in Vivaldi, which minimises jitter and improves sound quality significantly.

Designed and made in Great Britain to the highest standards, Rossini’s elegant chassis uses aerospace-grade machined aluminium with internal acoustic damping panels to reduce sound-degrading mechanical vibration and magnetic effects. Multi-stage power regulation is employed, with twin mains transformers to isolate the analogue, digital and clock circuitry.

As with all dCS products, Rossini’s firmware can be easily updated via CD, USB or the new automated download and update facility. This lets dCS add new features and improve the performance of Rossini over its lifetime.

When listening to digital music through a Rossini system, listeners are immediately struck by its natural musicality and faithfulness to the original recording. It delivers a powerful and visceral sound yet is highly transparent too, making for an immersive and realistic listening experience.

Key Features

  • Latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform brings state-of-the-art signal processing and flexibility.
  • dCS Ring DAC fitted, as used in the flagship dCS Vivaldi digital playback system.
  • Digital inputs support UPnP, asynchronous USB and Apple Airplay sources, plus AES, Dual AES and S/PDIF digital audio streams.
  • Streaming services supported include TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Deezer and Internet Radio.
  • Integral, high quality CD transport for silver disc playback.
  • Multi-stage DXD oversampling design with optional DSD upsampling; user-selectable DSP and DSD filters.
  • Auto clocking system improves ease of use and minimises jitter.
  • Multi-stage power regulation and twin mains transformers isolate analogue, digital and clock circuitry.
  • Firmware-upgradeable for future functionality and performance upgrades.
  • Features a full MQA™ decoder. This MQA™ implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise.


Technical Specifications

  • type

    Upsampling CD/Network Player.

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • dimensions

    444mm/17.5” x 435mm/17.2” x 151mm/6.0”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • weight


  • converter type

    dCS proprietary Ring DACTM topology. Operates at 6MHz (Map 1 or 3) or 3MHz (Map 2)

  • digital inputs

    Network interface on an RJ45 connector–Acts as a UPnPTM renderer in Asynchronous mode, streaming digital music from a NAS or local computer over a standard Ethernet network, decoding all major lossless formats including FLAC, WAV & AIFF at up to 24 bit 384kS/s native sample rate, plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DFF/DSF format.
    Other supported formats include WMA, ALAC, MP3, AAC & OGG. Some formats are limited to lower sample rates.
    Accepts data streamed from an iPod, iPhone or iPad via Apple AirPlay, 44.1 or 48kS/s only.
    Network Loop Out connector on a second RJ45 connector.
    USB 2.0 interface on a B-type connector operating in Asynchronous mode, will accept up to 24 bit PCM at up to 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format. Operates in Class 1 or 2 mode.
    USB-on-the-go interface on type A connector operating in Asynchronous mode, streams digital music from a flash drive at up to 24 bit 384kS/s plus DSD/64 or DSD/128.
    2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. Used as a Dual AES pair, it will accept PCM at up to 384kS/s, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format or dCS-encrypted DSD.
    2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors.
    Each will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. 1x SPDIF optical on a Toslink connector will accept PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s.

  • mechanism

    Stream Unlimited JPL-2800 SilverStrike with aluminium tray.

  • analogue outputs

    Output levels: 0.2, 0.6, 2V or 6V rms for full-scale input, set in the menu.
    Balanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin XLR male connectors (pin 2 = hot, pin 3 = cold).
    These outputs are electronically balanced and floating.
    Output impedance is 3Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended).
    Unbalanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA phono connectors. Output impedance is 52Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k-100kΩ is recommended).

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock io

    2x Word Clock Inputs on 2x BNC connectors, accept standard word clock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. The data rate can be the same as the clock rate or an exact multiple of the clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels. Word Clock Output on 1x BNC connector. In Master mode, a TTL-compatible word clock appears on this output.

  • MQA

    Full decoding and rendering of MQA data from the Network and USB2 inputs. Final rendering of unfolded MQA data only from the other inputs.

  • residual noise

    16-bit data: Better than -96dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted. 24-bit data: Better than -113dB0, 20Hz-20kHz unweighted. (6V output setting).

  • l r crosstalk

    Better than -115dB0, 20Hz-20kHz.

  • spurious responses

    Better than -105dB0, 20Hz-20kHz.

  • filters

    PCM mode: up to 6 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce out-of-audio band noise level.

  • upsampling rates

    User Selectable PCM upsampling to DXD, DSD or DSDx2.

  • software updates

    Loaded directly CD-R or via PCM digital inputs or PC via USB input. Download and update functionality available via Mosaic App.

  • local control

    dCS Mosaic App for Unit Configuration and Music Playback. RS232 interface (controlled by a 3rd party automation system). IR remote control – dCS universal handset remote is supplied with Rossini Player.

  • power supply

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

  • power consumption

    26 Watts typical / 35 Watts maximum.

  • operating systems

    Windows Vista / 7 / 8.1 / 10, Mac OSX 10.10. dCS USB driver is required for Windows in Audio Class 2 Mode.


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    HiFi Group – dCS Rossini Review

    Thank you to HiFi Group for their great review of the dCS Rossini.

    “From the first notes, we feel that we are dealing with an exceptional source that will take us to the highest spheres of musicality and emotion.”

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    The Speaker Shack – dCS Rossini Player and Clock

    Read full article here

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    HiFi+ Rossini MQA Update 2018

    Review by Chris Thomas

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    Audio Gallery – dCS Rossini Player and Clock

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    Audio Esoterica – Rossini Player and Rossini Clock

    Review by Edgar Kramer

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    Stereophile Magazine – dCS Rossini Player & Rossini Clock

    Review by John Aitkinson

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    dCS Rossini – HiFi i Muzyka Poland

    Review of dCS Rossini CD Player by Paweł Gołębiewski in Źródło: HFM 06/2016.

    Read the full review.

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    HiFi Critic – dCS Rossini Player and Clock

    Review by Chris Binns

    HiFi Critic April – June 2016

    ‘A performance that allows the listener to get deeply involved with the music, and more directly connects to the heart and soul with little or no effort. The Rossini excels in creating a sense of believable musical realism, and that is far closer to where I would like digital audio reproduction to be.’


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    Raising the Bar – dCS Rossini

    Review by Jeff Dorgay

    Tone Audio #77

    The sutle growl in Plastikman’s “Mind Encode”
    rolls out into my listening room in such a sinister,
    encompassing way, it’s almost frightening. It
    instantly reminds me of the aural magic that its
    much more expensive sibling, the four box Vivaldi,
    which until now was the only digital playback
    system capable of being this visceral.

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    dCS Rossini Player and Clock – HiFi Critic

    Review by Chris Binns

    HiFi Critic

    April  2016

    ‘The Rossini excels in creating a sense of believable musical realism, and that is far closer to where I would like digital audio reproduction to be.’


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    Vivaldi y Rossini: de nuevo la magia de dCS

    Pocas marcas han sabido hilar tan fino a la hora de dotar de “alma” al audio digital doméstico
    como la británica dCS. ¿El motivo? Un dominio de la tecnología “pro” más avanzada cuya expresión
    más reciente la encontramos en el modelo Rossini, presentado en sociedad en el icónico loft de la
    barcelonesa Werner.

    Por Salvador Dangla

    AV Premium

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    dCS Rossini DAC and Clock

    by Michael Lavorgna, Audiostream

    “The dCS Rossini DAC and Clock are capable of exploding the listening experience into a fabulous psychedelic adventure constrained only by imagination and time. ”

    Read the complete review

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    dCS Rossini Player – đầu đọc hi-end chuẩn tham chiếu


    Review by TIET TUAN LUONG (MR.)

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    dCS Rossini Player and Clock

    Review of dCS Rossini Streaming CD Player and Master Clock

    “The dCS Rossini sets a high standard for digital audio of all kinds today. You may find ‘different’ but you won’t find ‘better’ at anything even close to this level.”

    Alan Sircom, Editor

    Read the online review



This is the support section for dCS Rossini Player.   If you cannot find what you need please try the top menu Support section or Contact Us.

  • Mosaic 1.1.1 Release Notes

  • Mosaic 1.0.2 Release Notes

  • Mosaic 1.0.1 Release Notes

  • Menu Guide – Rossini Player / DAC V02

    Software v2.0x.

  • User Manual – Rossini Player V03

    Software v2.0x with network firmware 501 and Mosaic Control app.

  • Windows USB Class 2 Driver 2018

    Compatible with Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7.

  • User Manual – Rossini Transport v1.0x

  • Crestron module for Rossini

    Crestron control system module for Rossini Player or DAC.

    Please consult a qualified installer for support.

  • AMX module for Rossini

    AMX control system module for Rossini Player or DAC.

    Please consult a qualified installer for support.

  • Product Datasheet – Rossini Player

  • Product Datasheet – Rossini Clock

  • Product Datasheet – Rossini DAC

  • Remote Control Codes

    Last updated 11 Feb 2016.



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