Metrum Acoustics’ Digital/Analogue-Converters (DACs) are praised in the international hifi-community and press for their musical presentation ( http://www.metrum-acoustics.com/AwardsEN.html ).
Especially the purity of the sound, due to the absence of digital artefacts (“rubbish”), the natural sounding voices and instruments, the beautiful stereo image and the noticeably good separation of the instruments are consistently praised. Because of the unique qualities that define the DACs of Metrum Acoustics the listener is intimately included with the music.
In order to improve upon the Octave we stopped looking towards our secret industrial chip, and instead implemented our new Transient technology as used in our flagship Pavane. The Musette is designed on the same basic frame as used for the Octave but to get more flexibility, both front and back panel have been changed as one more digital input is added. Like her predecessor, the Musette is available in both silver and black.
In order to improve upon the Hex we stopped looking towards to our secret industrial chip, and implemented our new Transient technology as used in our flagship Pavane . The Menuet is using the same basic frame as used for the Hex. However to avoid internal vibration the electronics are built on a well damped sub chassis.
With that goal of creating a very special DAC in mind the designer, Cees Ruijtenberg, has during the past year developed a new DAC. It was an unprecedented challenge, which was eventually solved by introducing an entirely new chip, which has been exclusively developed by Metrum Acoustics.
What more can you do after launching one of the best dacs available today? We are aware that our current flagship Pavane is hard to beat but at least one idea was not realized yet. The idea of having a decent volume control to prevent a necessary pre-amplifier could improves performance dramatically. However, we also know that the way of introducing such device in the signal chain can also have a negative effect.