Metrum Acoustic’s flagship Hex DAC’s USB implementation knocked it out of the park – an internally powered M2Tech OEM module. It’s one of the very few DACs that I’ve heard that doesn’t require Concero or Audiophilleo intervention to reach optimal performance – the Hex kept it all in one box.
Time now for the junior Octave to see MKII improvements. The receiver section of the Hex has been trickled down to the new Octave to ensure 192kHz support (previously a lottery with the MK1) and lower jitter. The aforementioned Hiface-based USB receiver is available as an option.
The front fascia has also seen a minor facelift; although it’s still fairly ‘agricultural’-looking. This is a one-box solution as opposed to the MK1’s two. Cees Ruijtenberg said,” By excluding the umbilical it is more reliable and the housing is rock solid.”
“I call it the mini-Hex!”, he continued.
The base-level MKII Octave will sell for €785.00. Silver and black versions are available. The optional USB module is available at time or order for €103.00 or post-purchase for €165.00. All pricing attracts VAT of 21% for customers inside the EU which means a USB-equipped unit will sell for €1075.00.
Further information: Metrum Acoustics
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