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Following on from the success of dCS at KJ launch event on 31st July, we are teaming up with dCS again to hold an exclusive UK launch for their new highly anticipated single-box digital music player, Rossini

Rossini is a unique product. It is a one box player, which is capable of delivering the type of performance that you would expect from dCS's larger multi-unit systems. 

Rossini plays music through an array of industry-standard USB, AES and S/PDIF digital inputs, and can stream over Ethernet from a NAS drive or online music services such as TIDAL, Spotify and Deezer, and from Apple devices via Airplay. An integral disc transport mechanism is fitted for Compact Disc playback.

Designed for flexibility and ease of use without compromise, Rossini uses the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DACTM technology, originally developed for the flagship Vivaldi series. Its single FPGA brings improved signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.

For streaming, the Rossini Player is unparalleled in its processing power and jitter performance, and currently runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs, plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD. Leaving no stone unturned for the digital audiophile.

Rossini will be available in 2 versions, with and without the CD Transport, which will sell at £18,000 and £15,500 respectively. A Rossini Master Clock will also be available for £5,000.

dCS experts will be on hand, demonstrating Rossini and there will be listening sessions to show what it is able to do.

As this is the UK premier of Rossini, this will be an extremely exciting opportunity to be one of the first to hear dCS' latest innovation in digital music playback. 

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This week we have received the brand new Audioquest ‘semi-open’ headphones, Nighthawk

Most commonly known for their history of cable manufacture, Audioquest have a reputation for creating innovative and well thought out products. Nighthawk is no exception.  Audioquest’s UK Sales Manager Toby Allen explained to us ‘We realised that the headphones market has become somewhat saturated in recent years, so we decided that we would only make a pair of headphones if we were able to make some significant changes to what is currently being offered by other manufacturers’. 

Audioquest Nighthawk Headphones

Having tried the Nighthawk, we can definitely confirm that these are not your typical set of ‘cans’. The first thing you notice with these (apart from their beautiful design) is the weight; they are incredibly light at just 346g. This was achieved by stripping back the headphones to just the essential parts. 

It is rare to see a manufacturer put  so much development into every single part of their product. Audioquest have spent a huge amount of time making sure every single part is produced to their own high quality. They really did seem to start with a blank page with this design. Nothing is your typical component from the drivers to the cables to the cups. It is all unique. 

Comfort is another positive that you instantly notice. They use a unique suspended headband system. Nighthawk’s head pad automatically adjusts to the listener’s head—no clicking, snapping, cranking, or guessing involved—guaranteeing an easy, comfortable fit for any size. 

Audioquest Nighthawk Headphones

The ear-cups on Nighthawk have been ergonomically designed around the general contour of the human ear—rounder at the rear, wide at the top, narrowing toward the bottom. This reduces stress on the head and ears and as well as helping to isolate the music against external noise. The enclosures are manufactured from liquid wood (made from 100% renewable raw materials: lignin, natural fibres, resins, and waxes) which gives much improved resonances compared to plastic or metallic headphones.  

The ear cups feature a biometric grille which has been 3D printed to diffuse sound and take out the resonances that ultimately distort and damage music. The inside of the ear cups also have been developed to eliminate unwanted nodes and standing waves, this has been done by implementing an internal optimised rib design.

NightHawk’s 50mm dynamic driver has been designed to replicate that of a loudspeaker rather than a typical headphone driver. It features bio-cellulose diaphragm, voice-coil former, and compliant rubber surround. Bio-cellulose is rigid and self-damping, and therefore capable of far better control across the entire frequency spectrum than commonly used Mylar diaphragms. 

Of course, it does not matter how well designed or comfortable they are if the sound does not compete. This is not the case with Nighthawk; they give excellent sound quality with great warmth and clarity. These are engaging headphones; the dynamics that they are able to produce give a real sense of space and make you feel as if you are surrounded by the music.  

The bass is well controlled and has a punch, which for a semi-open back headphone is surprising. It adds to the warmth, and allows Nighthawk to be able to cope with whatever genre that is thrown at it, from jazz to rock to dance. 

Nighthawk comes with two detachable cables, which have been specifically designed using Audioquest’s vast knowledge of cable manufacture.  One cable is a modified version of Audioquest’s Castle Rock speaker cable and one is an extremely durable alternative.  Also provided is a 3.5mm-to-1/4” plug adaptor designed with thick Direct-Silver plating over a high-purity red Copper base metal and it all comes in a luxurious leather carry case. 

Nighthawks are available now for £499. 

If you would like to try Nighthawk for yourself, please get in touch and arrange a demonstration


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