Metrum Acoustics Tag Line, “Making Digital Music sound Sublime” today is more key to the music, and especially the streaming industry than ever!
Music quality is back in a big way. Gone are the days of audiophiles being the only people who could truly appreciate music the way it was intended to sound from the engineers and artists. Today, thanks to advancements in technology, everyone has the potential to be a “digital audiophile.” So what specifically does a music enthusiast need in terms of hardware to get from being a casual listener to an audiophile listener who can recognize and enjoy the subtle nuances of music in their collection?
Many people know that uncompressed digital audio is of better quality than compressed digital audio, and now more than ever there are places to find the content in true studio master quality. The next step is figuring out how to play it back so that none of the quality is lost. The answer: Invest in a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter).
The Digital Analog Converter: Essential for High-Res Audio Listening
A DAC is a must for anyone who truly appreciates content delivered as it was intended to be heard. Utilizing a DAC may be very different than the audio setup you are already familiar with. A DAC is not really an audio source, nor is it an output device or a per-processor. A DAC converts digital content to an analog format for playback on a home stereo system. The quality of the conversion process differs by the quality of the DAC. While some audio/video receivers boast high-quality internal DACs, this is not the case for most products with built-in DACs.
Here’s what happens when you use a lower quality DAC: Audio recorded on a CD is 16-bit, 44.1kHz, which is one of the common specs found in most products with an internal DAC. This would be the required quality to play back a digital copy of a CD without any degradation. However, this quality is still not on par with the audio as it was originally engineered and mastered. To get to this level, you would need a DAC capable of converting 24-bit, 192kHz audio to an analog format. A higher quality DAC takes the zeros and ones of an uncompressed audio file like a FLAC and converts it into an electrical format that can be received unaltered.
Converting data into an analogue signal is the name of the game for digital music systems. So plugging in a dedicated audiophile DAC can only improve things right.
Delivering precise digital to analogue conversion is difficult. It requires the use of the best available components, but also extreme care and attention to the engineering of the power, the clocking system and the output circuitry. Otherwise the sound is compromised before it even arrives at your music system.
This is where Metrum Acoustics stands out.
Today there is a growing view that ‘non oversampling’ or NOS for short, offers many benefits but without the compromises mentioned above. AE dedicated considerable time and attention to researching the NOS premise and found its audible benefits valid up to a certain point. The question then remained how to remove these sonic artifacts without resorting to oversampling. This question was answered by the first product made by AE the NOS mini DAC Quad, a digital to analogue converter designed and manufactured with modern high speed industrial grade chip sets, free from most of the disadvantages of the past. These techniques are improved over time and used over the entire range of products. The most important result is the sound, which was never so close to the analog origin.
Metrum Acoustics products are used by Artists, Music Professionals, Gamers, Audiophiles and for that matter anybody who can truly enjoy the original sound of music, sound as it was intended!
And whether you use one of our High end DAC’s like Onyx or Adagio to compliment your audio installation or our Aurix headphone amplifier, you can trust on Metrum Acoustics that our products are musical, honor the Non-oversampling principle and simultaneously incorporate the technological progress that has been made over the years.