About the Paganini CD/SACD Transport

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.


  • Upsampling CD/SACD Transport
  • Silver or Black.
  • Dual layer TEAC UMK-5 CD/SACD mechanism.
  • 460mm/18.1” x 400mm/15.8” x 110 mm/4.4”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.
  • 11.5kg/25.3lbs.
  • 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.
  • CD data may be upsampled to DSD.
  • 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.
  • Better than +/-10 ppm when shipped (not temperature compensated).
  • Loaded from CD-R.
  • dCS Premium Remote control supplied as standard or RS232.
  • Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 49-62Hz.
  • 20 Watts typical/30 Watts maximum.


“...the four-box Paganini system represents the most musical experience I’ve had yet with digital...”

- Tone Magazine

“I found myself being pulled in ever deeper, connecting more and more with the song and able to admire its beauty.”

- Hi-Fi World

“Piano sounded eerily realistic too, with a tangible solidity normally only heard from digital running at higher resolutions; harmonics gleamed like sunlight on the morning sea.”

- Hi-Fi World

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