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    The Metrum uses(d) industrial DACs with very high switching rates as opposed to the more common Burr Brown etc. audio chips. I think(?) it had a good healthy output so did not need an op amp but may have used FETs as a buffer. With NOS and no digital filters it gave that more natural sound that NOS guys twitter about.

    Martin Colloms gave it a 'score' of 185 which puts it into top drawer DACs and above a lot of Linn/Naim (but not the NDS). He favourably compared it to the MSB DACs which was 15x the price of the Octave. Hence his enthusiasm for it.

    I have heard better but more at knee trembling prices but that maybe because I like what NOS DACs do to the sound.

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    Almost pulled the trigger on a Metrum Adagio, by all accounts Metrum know their stuff it's pretty tremendous.

    Conversation with a London high end Dealer (who I bought my SME V off and I knew as a "good guy") convinced me to look elsewhere.
    Wanted to throw money at him to buy the Adagio, but he says take a moment and have a think, and suggested something else.

    Suggested something different as better (and cheaper) and I went with that.

    My M2Tech Young sounds tremendous, but at this price-point the Octave will blow it out the weeds.
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    Just bought another dac, didn't need it but had committed before I got the metrum. It's a Lead Audio/Northern Fidelity 32/384 dac/pre/headphone amp. I have to say it's very good, not quite as natural/non-digital as the metrum but the pre amp stage is pretty handy and the sabre dac does have a nice sound. It's smoother than another sabre dac I had (audio gd nfb-11) and far more listenable. While it had a wall wart psu, it doesn't have any discernable "weak psu" kind of sound except a slightly lighter (but very tight) bass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence001 View Post
    Just bought another dac, didn't need it but had committed before I got the metrum. It's a Lead Audio/Northern Fidelity 32/384 dac/pre/headphone amp. I have to say it's very good, not quite as natural/non-digital as the metrum but the pre amp stage is pretty handy and the sabre dac does have a nice sound. It's smoother than another sabre dac I had (audio gd nfb-11) and far more listenable. While it had a wall wart psu, it doesn't have any discernable "weak psu" kind of sound except a slightly lighter (but very tight) bass.

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    Sounds a nice bit of kit.
    I’d never got on with Sabre Dacs, always found them a bit digital and the top end was a bit sharp.

    Maybe worth trying a linear supply anyway, you never know?
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    I've already got a wanted ad for a linear psu and after a recommendation have ordered a unit from maplins. Hopefully this will raise the performance of the new dac to a higher level.

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