[DAC] dCS Paganini OR Debussy

waimac

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Hi,

I am a current owner of a dCS Paganini DAC with Network Bridge, I am thinking of should I go for the dCS Debussy or keep the Paganini DAC till I got the budget for either Rossini or even Vivaldi DAC (But it may be just a dream at this moment)? Any comment? Thanks.

My system is as follow:

Source: Macmini (Roon Core) + Synology NAS
DAC: dCS Paganini DAC + Network Bridge
Pre-AMP: Nagra Jazz
AMP: Nagra VPAs
Speaker: Magico S3

Thanks.
 
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jfrech

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Hi,

I am a current owner of a dCS Paganini DAC with Network Bridge, I am thinking of should I go for the dCS Debussy or keep the Paganini DAC till I got the budget for either Rossini or even Vivaldi DAC (But it may be just a dream at this moment)? Any comment? Thanks.

My system is as follow:

Source: Macmini (Roon Core) + Synology NAS
DAC: dCS Paganini DAC + Network Bridge
Pre-AMP: Nagra Jazz
AMP: Nagra VPAs
Speaker: Magico S3

Thanks.
Hi, I don't think moving the the Debussy is a step ahead for you. A used Scarlatti DAC is a very very good buy - something to consider. Also you may find adding the Paganini upsampler and possibly a clock is another beneficial route. Good luck !
 
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The Paganini (my previous dac) is better then the Debussy IMHO. I did a whole lot of comparison when I was looking for a dac upgrade(Scarlatti, EmmLabs dac2, total dac and even aries cerat), and finally settled with a lampizator golden gate.
 
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I recently changed my Paganini dac for a Scarlatti dac and I endorse Jfrech's recommendation to go for that option to add your network bridge .
The Scarlatti dac is a big step up from a Pagannini and a far better buy than a Debussy or a Rossini.
 

waimac

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Thanks All. I am sure I will stay with my Paganini at this moment unless I find a decent Scarlatti or once got enough budget for the Rossini or even Vivaldi. Thanks.
 

Elberoth

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Debussy, Paganini and Scarlatti DACs are identical inside. They use IDENTICAL boards.

- Paganini DAC adds a firewire interface (for the dCS transport) and a display, but looses USB.
- Scarlatti DAC adds a firewire interface (for the dCS transport), a display and a second transformer inside (which makes it sound slightly better). Also looses USB input for firewire.

Rossini and Vivaldi are completely different, new designs. Something to consider during spending your money upgrading.

(ex. Puccini and Scarlatti owner here)
 
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Elberoth

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The Paganini (my previous dac) is better then the Debussy IMHO. I did a whole lot of comparison when I was looking for a dac upgrade(Scarlatti, EmmLabs dac2, total dac and even aries cerat), and finally settled with a lampizator golden gate.
Did the same. I have moved form Scarlatti via MSB and Trinity to finally settle on the Golden Gate. I'm a happy camper now.
 

debussy

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Debussy is my favorite composer since I've red the book Clair de Lune by Pierre la Mure - a brilliant biography of Debussy, which I recommend to everyone. My favorite composition is Reverie, because it's the best proof, as if it was needed, that Claude Debussy was the master of creating dream-like atmospheres in his piano music. I think you cannot compare Debussy with any other composer.

 

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