As a rule, Aesthetix’s Signature editions are renowned for taking the circuit design of an existing model and then bestowing it with ultra-high-quality components hand picked to deliver the peak of performance, and that’s precisely what’s happened with the Romulus and Pandora DACs. The main headline is that native DSD playback has been added to the feature count, meaning that both DSD64 and DSD128 can be handled over the USB inputs. Those are partnered by Toslink optical, RCA coaxial and AES/EBU digital inputs. As with all Aesthetix Signature updates, critical coupling capacitors have been replaced with Dynamicaps from Peter Moncrief, which are claimed to increase resolution, drive, dynamics, high-frequency extension and bass definition, while at the same time minimising grain.
A new analogue board is fitted with extremely low noise, high linearity Vishay Z-Foil audio resistors and the standard rubber feet are replaced with Harmonic Resolutions Systems’ Nimbus Couplers to lower the noise floor and add air and space to the performance.
As before, the DAC remains the Burr-Brown PCM1792A. The Pandora is still available for £5,600, and the new Signature edition is £8,300. The £6,500 Romulus has the same construction and features as the Pandora, but adds a CD player. The Signature edition is £9,300. Both are available to buy now, click here for more.
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