metrum is about to release a new dac. this time it's hex (and one chassis only, thank god)
Could 16 DAC-chips sound better than 8, or is that just overkill? And the pricetag is more than tripled... Who-ever buys one without listening or refund option is my hero!
Could 16 DAC-chips sound better than 8, or is that just overkill? And the pricetag is more than tripled...
apparently the number of DAC chips matters in case of a non sigma-delta DAC. I believe others better informed could elaborate more on the topic.
Who-ever buys one without listening or refund option is my hero!
well, I do. deck, phono pre, CDP and amp all bought totally blind. only based on reviews and my little knowledge. cart and speakers were bought blind without an option to returning. and never thought I made a wrong decision.
Giro, InTheGroove, Digit, ClassicOne, MG12
Well, the Hex will be presented on the X-Fi show this weekend. We might read some first impressions in the weeks to come.
For anyone interested, and repeated on a different thread on the same topic, I've just had the Metrum Octave Dac delivered and I've had a couple of evenings of listening to it. Comparing it to my very lovely Cyrus CD6 SE2 + Cyrus Dac XP (not +) set up, I would say that Macbook Air + Metrum Octave Dac (using the DAC XP as preamp only) equels it without surpassing it. At this point I can hear B-all difference between the two set ups. The Cyrus CD6 SE2 + Cyrus Dac XP might just have a tad more warmth and rhythm, but there really isn't much in it. Of course this might change over time. So, to give you something to compare it to, it's at least equel to a Cyrus DAC XP, without the pre amp of course. And considerably cheaper too!
Study: Synology ds212j (+ DS Audio) & Sonos ZP90 (Spotify & Tune-In Radio)→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC→ Cyrus Pre-XP (with PSX-R) + 2 Cyrus X Power → Vienna Acoustics Hadyns (Study) & ATC SCM11s (Kitchen), Beresford TC 7220 speaker switch, HiFi Racks Podium
Living Room: Macbook Air (2012 - iTunes + Bit Perfect) → M2Tech HiFace 2→ Metrum Acoustics Octave DAC →Cyrus DAC XP with PSX-R + Cyrus Mono Xs→ Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands
Over a month in, and I have to say that the Macbook Air (WAV + Bit Perfect) + Metrum Octave Dac (using the DAC XP as preamp only) combination is constantly making my face break out in an innane grin , and has rendered my very nice CD6SE2 redundant. The space, the depth and the detail are all, frankly, breath-taking. As others have said, this DAC is very sensitive to file quality (and therefore quite unforgiving), and as a result I'm mostly using WAV files, even rather than Apple Lossless, as there is a difference. It's one of those pieces of kit that makes you want to rediscover all your favourite recordings again. In fact I like it so much that I've just ordered another one for my second system that I'm in the process of building - can't bear to be without it. Pity about only having two inputs though...........
It really is the one to be on at the moment, glad your liking it.
The word is that for best results, you need to use a computer to upsample the audio and use a hi-end USB converter to feed the SDPIF input. So if you were really after hi-end sound you'd need to budget for that, probably would cost more than the dac itself. Otherwise it's just another dac.
I was enjoying reading the extrenal links until I read "chromium brightness" and "fine grain sheen" an oxymoron if ever there was. I used to respect MC as a reviewer but that's OTT and puts me off. By the time I got to placing both the DAC and the PSU on spikes it's enetered Beltworld for me. I've got an opne mind, but if anyone can seriously hear the difference between spiked and unspiked PSUs? If so, then it would come with them fitted, and we'd all be charged even more for it.
I'm going to investigate this DAC, but not if it contains any more alloying elements or requires a special H&S certificate to locate it.
JRiver MC17 -> Cambridge Audio DACmagic+ -> Roksan Caspian M2 -> ProAc D18
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