Synthesis ROMA 14DC+ CD player

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Synthesis ROMA 14DC+

One recording that really impressed me was the 60th anniversary edition of Frank Sinatra’s Only the Lonely [UME]. This newly-remastered 2CD set has this legendary album in original mono and a new stereo mix, and sounds amazingly full and rich. At times, it’s like Sinatra is standing in front of you, singing – so palpable is his voice. It has presence and body, and effortlessly fills the room. It’s a big sound, yet never merely ‘loud’ or overbearing. It sounds like a real person. And the voice itself – Sinatra never sounded so smooth and resonant – with a warm full-bodied quality, and little or no edge. I kept playing the album again and again, so powerful and involving was the effect produced. 

I was impressed by Synthesis’ Roma 14DC+ CD player, and feel it must represent something close to the sonic limits of what’s possible with conventional Red Book CD. It literally did not put a foot wrong, and could play all kinds of music with great authority and fidelity. I still dream that – one day – a CD player will come along that totally knocks the ball out of the park. But increasingly that seems less and less realistic. I know; Never say Never. But I doubt it will happen. So, I am not holding my breath in anticipation... Meanwhile, back in the real world, a player like the Roma 14DC+ gets surprisingly close to that ideal, and does so moreover at a relatively affordable (albeit limited edition) price of £1,799 including VAT. 


Type: CD player with built-in DAC

Mechanism: TEAC CD 5020

Output tube (each ch): 1 X ECC88

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20KHz - 1dB

D/A converter: Asahi Kasei AK4495S 32bit 768KHz

Signal/Noise ratio: > 95dB (A-weight)

Distortion: < 0.3%, 

Output level: 1.5V RMS @ 0 dBFS

Output type: Adjustable

Output impedance: < 200 ohm 

Digital output: 1 Optical, 1 Coaxial (S/PDIF)

Digital inputs (14DC+): 1 USB “B” type Windows / Mac /iOS /Android compatible

Max resolution: 24Bit 192KHz (Optical, Coaxial) 32Bit 384KHz (USB)

DSD: up to 5.6 MHz (USB) 

Finishes: Black, Silver, Titanium, four wood finishes

Dimensions (W×H×D): 410 × 390 × 95mm

Weight: 8Kg

Price: £2,499 (black and silver £1,799 in limited numbers)

Manufactured by: Synthesis


Distributed in the UK by: Audiofreaks


Tel: +44(0)208 948 4153

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