About the Paganini Upsampler

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.


  • Digital-to-Digital Converter.
  • Silver or Black.
  • 460mm/18.1” x 400mm/15.8” x 110mm/4.4”. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.
  • 10.6 kg/23.3lbs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Better than -100dB0 @ 20Hz-20kHz.
  • A choice of anti-alias filter is available for 10 popular conversions
  • Loaded from CD-R via PCM digital inputs or PC via USB input.
  • dCS Premium Remote control supplied as standard with Paganini Transport or RS232.
  • Factory set for 100, 115, 220 or 230V AC, 49-62Hz.
  • 12.7 Watts typical/15 Watts maximum.


“We are proud to award the dCS Paganini our Product of the Year in the digital category for 2010.”

- Tone Magazine

“...the dCS went straight into the recording’s vocal booth and beamed its four corners out through my speakers.”

- Hi-Fi World

“I was struck by the sheer expanse of the soundstage, and the pinpoint precision of the instruments and musicians without the recorded acoustic.”

- Hi-Fi World



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