Aesthetix Saturn Romulus DAC/CD player Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Apple MacBook Pro computer (2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD) running OS 10.6.7, iTunes 10.6, Sonic Studios Amarra 2.5, Songbird 1.9.3, XLD; Western Digital 2TB NAS Device; Oppo BDP-103 universal Blu-ray player; Sooloos/Meridian Digital Media System (Control 15, TwinStore x3); Apple iPad 2, 3 (or "New iPad" or latest or HD or Retina or whatever); Apple iPod Touch 1G; Apple iPhone 4S.
Digital Processors: Benchmark DAC1 USB, M2Tech Young & Palmer DAC & power supply, AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC, Wadia 121decoding computer.
Preamplifier: Marantz AV7005 in Pure Direct mode.
Power Amplifier: Classé CAM 350 monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: MartinLogan Prodigy, MartinLogan Descent subwoofers (2).
Headphones: Grado HP-1000, AKG D-240, Ultimate Ears TripleFi.
Cables USB: Cardas Clear. Interconnect: Cardas Neutral Reference S/PDIF, Kimber Kable BiFocal XL & others, XLO HT Pro & S/PDIF. AC: manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Dedicated power lines: 40A (amplifiers), 15A (digital, analog components).—Jon Iverson

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

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.

drwhite's picture

Thank you, Jon Iverson for the positive review of Romulus! Since publication, Romulus and Pandora Signature Editions have been released which play DSD 1X and 2X natively, among other upgrades. Non Signature units are factory upgradable. More information is available on our website at