The Rossini can be ordered two ways, itself an interesting nod to the times – the first is as a straight-up DAC ($22.5K), the second as a DAC with an integral CD-transport ($27k). That’s right. No separate transport for this new line. Also note that the Esoteric-sourced transports are no longer available, so this vestigial tail is CD-only – SACD is no longer supported (but DSD itself most certainly is).
In whatever configuration, the Rossini is also a streamer in addition to a DAC, with a renderer built-in for pulling files from your NAS. Tidal, Spotify, Deezer are all in play. The converter boards are derived from the flagship Vivaldi, but there is a brand-new control board developed post-Vivaldi that promises significant performance upgrades far belying it’s relatively non-flagship status.
Vivaldi owners never fear – updates and upgrades are on the way.
General availability for Rossini is planned for late summer.