Stereophile's Products of 2022 Digital Component of the Year

Digital Component of the Year

dCS Rossini Apex D/A processor ($32,800; reviewed by Jason Victor Serinus in Vol.45 No.10 review)

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Finalists (In alphabetical order)
Burmester MusicCenter 151 MK2 D/A processor ($27,500; reviewed by Jason Victor Serinus in May 2022, Vol.45 No.5 review)
CH Precision D1.5 SACD/CD player/ transport ($41,000–$46,000; reviewed by Jim Austin in March & May 2022, Vol.45 Nos.3 & 5 review)
Meitner MA3 Integrated D/A processor ($10,500; reviewed by Jason Victor Serinus in June 2022, Vol.45 No.6 review)
Mola Mola Tambaqui D/A processor ($13,500; reviewed by Herb Reichert and Ken Micallef in January & June 2022, Vol.45 Nos.1 & 6 review)

As most audiophiles are aware, the technology of our field is mature. Amplifiers and loudspeakers have been around practically forever, stereo records for something like 70 years. Although it might still feel new to many of us, digital audio has been around for almost 40 years, perhaps more, depending on whether you start with digital recording or digital delivery, so it's not new either.

What, then, is a company like dCS, which has been producing state-of-the-art digital converters for decades, to do for its next act?

The company's answer to that question is the dCS Rossini Apex (and the other Apex-series products). Satisfied with its signature Ring DAC, dCS went back to the drawing board and figured out what it could improve without making major changes to that core technology. With such evolutionary changes—tweaking the DAC's other parts, importantly, its analog parts—dCS ended up with something that, in Jason Victor Serinus's assessment, is revolutionary. "I repeatedly switched back and forth between the Rossini Apex DAC and the original Rossini DAC," he wrote. "The differences were astonishing."

"Depictions of instrumental texture, silence, nuance, perceived distance from and space around instruments, and bass response were significantly improved. ... I heard more sound from the viola's bow than before. More of the overtones that distinguish the viola from the violin emerged, and the complex character of instruments was easier to discern." There were deeper silences between notes, more grace, flow, and warmth, and a beautiful finish to the sound. Jason concluded, "The Rossini Apex DAC is more than another upgrade; it's a major advance in digital sound reproduction. ... The improvements are impossible to miss."

About the Vote
It was a clear victory for the dCS DAC, although the Mola Mola Tambaqui also did well, trailing by four votes. The CH Precision D1.5 transport/player came in third, followed by the Meitner MA3. The Burmester Musiccenter did well in the early voting rounds but faded down the stretch.

COMMENTS
Jack L's picture

......seven categories: Amplification Component of the Year,.."qtd Jim Austin

My question is: did "each reviewer" already auditioned "EACH of the 3 items in the seven categories" in order to give valid & impartial nominations ????

Otherwise, how could it be a valid nomination in case the reviewer(s) concerned never auditioned those particular candidate components out of the seven categories he/she nominated ????

IMO, actual personal in-depth audition of a candidate components is crucial of valid & fair nomination given by the reviewers concerned.

Listening with own ears is believing

Jack L

ChrisS's picture

Jack L, do some reading.

Did you even read this article?

A priori?

Jack L's picture

Hi

I have read it. That's why I asked.

YOU think you read it but you don't seem to know what you are talking about !

Jack L

ChrisS's picture

A priori!

Jack L's picture

Hi

If I were a priori, you are a big mouthing posteriori !

Hahahahahaaha....

Jack L

ChrisS's picture

...everything in your head?

Jack L's picture

Hi

Sure, better than a huge posteriori like you "listen to your great stereo with your head so far up your ASS all the time" as per your pal: johnnythunder!

Johnnythunder1: get your kissing cousin johnnythunder2 talk to me as yr mouth stinks like your ASS !

Hehehehehe

Jack L

johnnythunder1's picture

with your head so far up your own ass all the time.

David Harper's picture

ignore this guy. everything he thinks is wrong.

ChrisS's picture

...between Jack L and David Harper.

Hehe...!

Anton's picture

I don’t think it would be a conversation so much as simultaneous monologues.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Since when Stereophile Components of the Years becomes a stage for you bunch of polylogue-jokers ???

Jack L

ChrisS's picture

...believing, Jack L!

Jack L's picture

Hi

If here were a library, reading books there is believing.

Here is Audiophile, so LISTENING is believing, right?

Besides, who wants to read any nonsense from "you bunch of polylogue-jokers" here ?

Hahahaha..

Listening to music is believing

Jack L

ChrisS's picture

...Stereophile.

I can also read Herman Melville's Moby Dick on my computer.

Are we believing yet?

Jack L's picture

Hi

First off, what's Stereophile magazine in your "libray" to do with "Mody Dick" read from yr computer ??

Stereophile is about audio/music - we listen with our ears.
"Mody Dick" = The Whale, is an 1851 novel read by the eyes.

Apple to orange comparison ! Former is for real vs latter is a fiction. So you believe in fiction, be my guest ! I don't.

This is an audio/music venue, not for novels reading. Thanks but no thanks.

Listening to music is believing

Jack L

PS: I am never a novels reader since day one. Too busy with my music listening already ! What dragged me in to start my first novel reading was the billion-dollar top seller: "Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown in 2003. The thriller was sooo popular I got to wait a while for it from my neighbourhood public library !

ChrisS's picture

...go round and round.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Come on. You should be "WATCHING yr eyeballs go round & round in your mirror to look for yr ears - gone with the wind !

For no-ear YOU, reading is believing, pal. HEhehehe...

Jack L

Indydan's picture

Hey Jack L, why does everyone pick on you? Maybe it's because the L in Jack L is for LOSER.

For Jack L, SUCKING is believing.

Jack L's picture

Hi

Who cares, SOURgrapes !

What "everyone"?? The editor here is not a "LOSER" like YOU here as he does not "pick on" me.

YOU "sucking" "loser" is my believing !

Jack L

Indydan's picture

Hey JackOFF the Loser, keep sucking!

Jack L's picture

.

Indydan's picture

Hey Jack L, I am hearing from reliable sources that you pick your nose and eat it...

rschryer's picture

Btw, I'm eating dude. Gross.

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