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AESTHETIX ROMULUS CD Player/DAC/Digital Preamp [Template]

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It's hard to know where to list the Aesthetix Romulus because it's a three-in-one component.  It incorporates all
the features and functions of the highly reviewed Pandora DAC, plus it has a built-in
CD player.  It also has the $1,000 option
of an innovative variable output that unlike normal volume controls has no loss
of resolution at any volume level.  This
allows the unit to act as a preamp for all its digital inputs as well as the CD
player.  If you want to use a separate
preamp, you can adjust the volume to get the best results for whatever preamp
you’re using.  (NOTE: one of the pictures below is a manufacturer's image; the others are my unit.)  

 

The
Romulus has a vacuum tube output which avoids the brightness and edginess
common in digital playback. Two years ago I did a major tube upgrade putting in
New Old Stock Telefunken ECC83s (12AX7) and 6DJ8s. Like all Aesthetix products,
the Romulus has a natural sound that combines transparency with full-bodied
richness.



The Romulus is the winner of The Absolute
Sound’s Editors Choice and Product the Year Awards and is a Stereophile Class A
disk player.  Robert Harley proclaims the
Romulus a “giant killer" in his TAS
review, able to match or exceed far more expensive high-end products. See his
review below:

http://theabsolutesound/articles/aesthetix-romulus-cd-playerdac/



In his
Stereophile review, John Iverson says the Romulus has “deep bass and dynamic impact as good as
I've heard, with clear details and depth.”  See his review below:

https://www.stereophile.com/content/aesthetix-saturn-romulus-daccd-player

 

Specifications:


Card-based DAC with three digital input slots.

AES/EBU, RCA Coax, Toslink standard on digital
input 1 slot.

AES/EBU and RCA Coax SPDIF capable of 192KHz /
24 bit.

Digital section capable of the following
frequencies: 32KHz, 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz, 192KHz, all with
24 bit resolution.

USB standard on digital input 2 slot.

USB capable of class 1 audio (96KHz, 24bit) and
class 2 audio (192KHz, 24bit).

2nd USB input optional.

Asynchronous transfer mode for USB input,
licensed from Gordon Rankin / Wavelength Technologies. This technology allows
for jitter levels over a hundred times lower than previous USB solutions.

DSP based digital section using Motorola
DSP56362 for digital filters.

DAC section based on Burr-Brown PCM1792A.

Analog section featuring four vacuum tubes in
differential configuration (2x 12AX7, 2x 6DJ8/6922).

Zero feedback analog circuitry.

Balanced and single-ended outputs.

Relay-based switched resistor analog/digital
design volume control.

Remote control of all functions.

Multiple stainless steel faraday cages isolate
critical digital, analog and power supply sections.

Three transformers, one for critical digital
circuits, one for analog circuits and one for control functions.

All aluminum chassis construction.

 

 I’m estimating the shipping cost. 
If it costs less, I’ll refund the difference; if it costs more, I’ll cover
it.  

 

 

 

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