Constellation Audio Sirius DAC & CD Player
Designer Peter Madnick, one of the original founders of Audio Alchemy a couple decades back, has returned as part of a new Southern California company called Constellation Audio. In addition to preamp and amplifier offerings, on hand was the $50,000 Sirius DAC and CD player two box system. One box (which they call the "clean box") contains the DAC and audio stuff and then the "dirty box" houses the transport and power supplies (pictured above).
The company's entire line of products have a unique Jetsons retro/future look with clean lines that suggest fine cloth stretched over wire frames. The company is just getting off the ground and delivery of the Sirius is expected by mid-year.
One thing I found curious (other than the price) is that though they call it a CD player, the Sirius will also play SACD and DVD-Audio, outputting native DSD to their DAC. The company notes that the AES/EBU on the back of the DAC will only output PCM however.
DAC inputs include the usual suspects: AES/EBU, SPDIF, Toslink and USB. Also included is a proprietary optical link. The DAC uses an upsampling algorithm where the user can set the time and frequency domain behavior.