The Desk

Metrum Pavane-a new reference from Cees Ruijtenberg

As one ascends the ladder of tech, items become more and more crafted to a point.  You see it in master craftsmen who eventually build half of the tools with which they work.  Only years of experience can inform you to exactly what you need to accomplish you task.  And so it is with Metrum's new Pavane; an R2R ladder dac with chip conversion based on an in-house chip, newly made right at home sweet Metrum.  I'll leave the description to Cees.

"The Pavane is designed with a double dampening inner frame and finished with heavy aluminum front and side panels. This makes the Pavane all but immune to outside vibrations. Like her predecessors, the Pavane is available in both silver and black. The top panel differs from earlier models because it consists of a sandwich of steel and 4 mm of tempered glass, giving the Pavane her own distinct look. Additionally, the Pavane is outfitted with a sharply designed aluminum remote control which enables you to switch sources at a distance. Unlike the Hex and Octave, the Pavane comes standard with AES/EBU, USB and balanced output.

The true improvements are primarily technical:

She uses parallel driven R2R ladder networks in the eight DAC modules. They can already handle very high sample rates, but still get a significant boost from our FPGA-driven "forward correction module". This module splits up the audio samples for each channel into new separate data streams. Each DAC cluster processes a portion of the data in the most linear region of the DAC chips.

The result of this process is an extremely high linearity, right down to -140 dB, which gives the Pavane a realistic 24 bit dynamic range. Due to the dual mono design over the entire frequency range an extremely high channel separation of 120 dB is realized. This contributes to the flawless positioning of instruments.

In other words, a DAC we are rightly proud of."  We're proud too Cees.  Can't wait to get them!!


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