Virtually all sources are digital. And this has been the case for some time now. To convert this digital signal to a somewhat more pleasant signal for our ears – analogue – a d/a converter is needed: a digital to analogue converter. Now a dac is basically just a chip. But more is needed to […]
We have been playing with the Metrum Acoustics Pavane d/a converter for many years. A NOS dac with ladder dacs that Cees Ruijtenberg developed in-house. Over the years a substantial upgrade has come in the form of the Transient DAC2 modules. These simply fit into the sockets, making an upgrade a piece of cake. The […]
Good news: Metrum Acoustics is back. Founder Cees Ruijtenberg has had some trouble with an investor. But that’s all in the past. Cees Ruijtenberg has let us know that they are back in business. By the way: the support on products never stopped. It’s just that they now can use the name en launch new […]
Streamers have become a standard source in many high-quality audio systems. This is not surprising, given that all major brands have had a streamer in their range for more than five years. Sonos even around fifteen years. In short: streamers are now mature sources. We are curious about the current status of the hardware. After […]
Last Thursday – 19 March 2020 – we tested three dacs: the Weiss DAC501, Sonnet Morpheus and the Metrum Acoustics Pavane. In fact, the Weiss is a streamer, dac, preamp and headphone amplifier. The Morpheus is a digital preamp. And the Pavane is a pure, stand alone dac. How do they relate to each other? […]
Are you looking for the best DAC (d/a converter) in the price range from 1500 euro to 2500 euro? That’s great! Because we’ve put ten beauties side by side. And we tested it live on camera for you. You were able to follow this stream on 15 February 2020. But if you missed it: here […]
On February 15, 2020 we have had ten guests in the listening room: ten dacs to be exact. To have some extra fun, we tested them live on camera for you. So you were able to listen in and see how we work. It was a beautiful day. Not only is it very nice to […]
The Metrum Acoustics Onyx is a fantastic D/A converter. Album after album we are impressed by the naturalness with which the Onyx sends every type of music into space. He actually does everything right. It is fast, loose, fluent and rich in detail. The stereo image is very wide and his timing is amazing. Everything is just right. Digital at its best. Pure, pure, Onyx!
Metrum is completing his entry line with the Baby Ambre. Now a headphone amplifier and perhaps a nice ‘mini amplifier’ … Then Metrum really has the dream set for the novice audio enthusiast.
The sound qualities of the Baby Ambre are sublime. It is very close to the ordinary Ambre. The points where the ordinary Ambre wins, is low punch, low energy and spaciousness. Things that can be heard on a beautiful transparent system. But yes: the price difference… significant. And if we look at the competition… 5 stars and Alpha Approved. No doubt about it.
Streaming is really starting to get a permanent place in many hi-fi and high-end systems. The reason is the fine combination of access to a lot of music, ease of operation and now very good playback. Fixed parties with the better products in this industry are for example NAD, Auralic, Aurender or Lumin. We have […]
Metrum Acoustics is a Dutch audio brand that focuses on d/a converters and streamers. However, it also has a power amplifier in the product range. And a headphone amplifier. Founder The founder of Metrum Acoustics is Cees Ruijtenberg. A person with a rich history in the audio world. Cees Ruijtenberg has a background in high frequency technology. This gives him a lot of insight into digital circuits and how to deal with bandwidth, interference and other interference issues. Metrum Acoustics was acquired by an investor around 2018. In 2020 the company was declared bankrupt. However, Cees Ruijtenberg has already started in 2019 under the name Sonnet Audio.