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Scarlatti CD/SACD Transport

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About

Scarlatti Transport uses the TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo™ mechanism which employs super-rigid construction and a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation. All signal processing and electronics in the transport have been designed by dCS.

Scarlatti Transport features both IEEE 1394 FireWire link and an enhanced Dual AES interface which output dCS-encrypted DSD (1-bit data at 2.822MHz) to a dCS DAC from CD or SACD. Scarlatti Transport upsamples CD data to DSD and transmits the data over the 1394 or Dual AES interface. SACDs are played in their native DSD format, again over the IEEE 1394 or Dual AES interface. Native CD data is available from 7 PCM outputs (2x AES/EBU and 4x S/PDIF, 1x SDIF-2), as is downsampled SACD data.

Scarlatti Transport is designed for use with the matching Scarlatti 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 will be enhanced further by adding the Scarlatti Clock to the system.

The latest enhancement to Scarlatti Transport is the new output mode which reconfigures the two AES outputs as a dual AES output carrying encrypted DSD data. This mode is compatible with Paganini, Scarlatti and Vivaldi DACs.

Key Features

  • Upsamples Red Book CDs to DSD format and plays SACDs in their native format.
  • Uses a TEAC VRDS NEO™ mechanism which employs super-rigid construction and a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation.
  • 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 increased 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.

Specification

Technical Specifications

  • type

    Upsampling CD/SACD Transport.

  • colour

    Silver or Black.

  • mechanism

    Dual laser CD/SACD mechanism (TEAC VRDS NEO™ mechanism).

  • dimensions

    513mm/20.2” x 424mm/16.7” x 140mm/5.5”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.

  • weight

    19.6kg/43.2lbs.

  • digital outputs

    IEEE 1394 interface on 2x 6-way connectors. The interface outputs dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s).
    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. The two AES outputs can be configured as a dual AES output carrying encrypted DSD data.
    2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing.
    1x SPDIF optical on a Toslink connector, outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing.
    1x SDIF-2 interface on 2x BNC connectors, 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 44.1 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

    Updates loaded by CD via Scarlatti Transport.

  • local control

    Nevo Q50™ programmable remote control is supplied with the Transport, programmed to control the Scarlatti system or RS232. Nevo Q50™ may be programmed further by the owner or installer, to control other products.

  • power supply

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

  • power consumption

    25 Watts typical/40 Watts maximum.

Reviews

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    dCS Scarlatti: The World’s Finest, Most Complex & Best Sounding SACD Player Yet

    Stereophile Vol.32 No.8, August 2009

    Review by Michael Fremer

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    Digital Record Players – dCS Scarlatti Digital Playback System

    The Absolute Sound Issue 183, July 2008

    Review by Jonathan Valin

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Support

This is the support section introduction for dCS Scarlatti Digital Playback System.  If you cannot find what you need please try the Support section or Contact Us.

  • dCS Scarlatti-Pronto RU960 Remote Config 2v10

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  • dCS Scarlatti-Pronto TSU3500 Remote Config 2v10

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  • dCS Scarlatti-Pronto TSU9400 Remote Config 2v10

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  • dCS Scarlatti-Nevo S70 Remote Config 2v20

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  • dCS Scarlatti-Nevo Q50 Remote Config 2v30

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  • Quick Start Guide – dCS Scarlatti Digital Playback System

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  • Product Datasheet – Scarlatti CD/SACD Transport

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  • Product Datasheet – Scarlatti Master Clock

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  • Product Datasheet – Scarlatti Upsampler

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  • Product Datasheet – Scarlatti DAC

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

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  • User Manual – Scarlatti Master Clock

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

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  • User Manual – Scarlatti Upsampler v1.2x

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  • User Manual – Scarlatti DAC v1.3x

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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 – Digital Source of the Year 2009

    Dec 2009

  • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

    Absolute Sound – Product of the Year 2008

    Dec 2008

  • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

    Stereo Sound Japan – Grand Prix 2007

    Dec 2007