Aesthetix Saturn Romulus DAC/CD player Specifications

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Description: Tubed CD player with S/PDIF (coaxial and TosLink), AES/EBU and USB digital inputs. Tube complement: two 12AX7, two 6DJ8 or 6922. Audio data accepted: 16, 20, 24-bit word length with sample rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz. Maximum output level without optional volume control installed, RMS: 4.8V balanced, 2.4V single-ended. With volume control installed: the volume setting for standard 2V (SE)/4V (balanced) output is 80. Setting for the same output level as a non–volume-control unit is 82 (2.5V SE, 5V balanced). Output impedance: 300 ohms balanced. Recommended load impedance: >20k ohms balanced, >10k ohms single-ended. Frequency range: 20Hz–88kHz (192kHz sample rate). Power consumption: 25W in standby, 60W locked to an S/PDIF source, 70W with a CD playing. Trigger output: 1/8" jack operating on 5VDC.
Dimensions: 17 7/8" (454mm) W by 4 1/4" (108mm) H by 18 1/8" (460mm) D. Weight: 40 lbs (18.2kg).
Finishes: Black or silver faceplate.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 6298.
Price: $7000; switched-resistor volume control, $1000. Approximate number of dealers: 20.
Manufacturer: Aesthetix Audio Corporation, 5220 Gabbert Road, Suite A, Moorpark, CA 93021. Tel: (805) 529-9901. Fax: (805) 529-9902. Web: US distributor: Musical Surroundings, 5662 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609. Tel: (510) 547-5006. Fax: (510) 547-5009. Web:

Aesthetix Audio Corporation
5220 Gabbert Road, Suite A
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-9901
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wozwoz's picture

Can't play hi-rez SACDs. Can't play pure DSD files. That seems absurd for a player targeted at the audiophile market.

Pity - I like the design.

jimheckman's picture

Thanks for this review on another fine Aesthetix produce.

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