Pavane by Metrum Acoustics™ (Digital Analog Converter)

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5 reviews for Pavane by Metrum Acoustics™ (Digital Analog Converter)

  1. Ken Kloss

    I bought the Pavane Level 3 earlier this year on a whim. I had heard good things about the DAC, but knew nothing of NOS DAC’s. At that time my DAC was a dCS Debussy which I really liked. After all of the years of owning non NOS DAC’s, I thought I would give the Pavane a try, and hear what the difference is.Well I totally love this DAC.It had has a smooth non edgy sound, but has loads of detail, and excellent sound staging and instrument spacing.

  2. Russell Roberts

    After years of happily owning the meitner bidat I decided to upgrade. The Pavane level 1 beat out Chord, Ayre, and Schitt Yggy in my system. If you are seeking a natural, non mechanical sound, with all the detail I believe the Pavane is the one.

  3. alan trahern

    After 15 perfectly happy years spent with the Dodson D217 MK.IID dac i decided to take the plunge and see what NOS wa about and ended up acquiring the Metrum Hex. This was about 5 years ago. I enjoyed its smoother more tube like sound and it seemed to suffer no rolloffs at the frequency extremes so I was a happy camper. Enter the Pavane followed by the upgraded Transient 2 chips. My system is built around speed and purity and I felt I would be able to experience the increased speed and resolving power of this new chip and since I listen to redbook CD exclusively with no streaming, I decided that the Pavane L2 would be the ticket for me. My setup is comprised of high sensitivity horns, OTL amps/preamp and wired up with Nordost Valhalla so warm and fuzzy it is not. The Pavane came through with greater retrieval of detail, further delineation of textures and tonal shadings and a somewhat more spacious and precisely defined soundstage. Nothing was night and day which speaks well for the value of the Hex but the increase in overall information portrayal was evident and the Pavane L2 was, absolutely, an upgrade. I also very much appreciate that smidgeon of warmth that it (typical of the NOS persuasion, I’m told) provides. I am currently investigating the addition of the I2S module to my unit and once the question of whether or not it can be modified to accomodate an LVDS based transport (or vice versa) I, likely, will proceed. Metrum is currently looking into this for me and. with luck, will be able to furnish assurances that this is feasible,

    Overall, I’m very pleased with the performance of the Pavane L2 and, as it was with the Hex, have had zero problems thus far.

  4. u

    A few years back I bought a Hex and I just love it (still using it in a second system – a great, rocking, dac). I must be an ‘audiophile’ as the Hex made me wonder what its big brother, the Pavane, sounded like, so I bought a Pavane L3. When I took it out the box, I was first struck by its solidity and build quality; once it broke-in it was clearly smoother and more organic than the Hex, with far greater separation of instruments. To my ear, it really is analog-like, with no digital nasties, no listener fatigue; it is detailed, rich, robust, and realistic sounding – live recordings are astonishing on the Pavane, as it can retrieve the recording venue in an uncanny manner. I lean toward tube electronics, but these solid state units from Metrum are so good I set my tube bias aside ; )

  5. rharmeson (verified owner)

    My Pavane L3 arrived last week. I will be breaking it in for the next 4 weeks. Very happy with the sound. I moved up from the Menuet which I still have. I am using the Ambre via i2s which is really fantastic. I am using balanced XLR and RCA out to a Allnic 300b tube integrated and a vintage Luxman solid state integrated respectfully. I have been using NOS DACs for years and this is by far the best. Everythig I throw at it sounds absolutely fantastic. Very happy with the Pavanae/Ambre combination.

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With the goal of creating a very special DAC in mind the designers of Metrum Acoustics have developed a new DAC.

It was an unprecedented challenge, which was eventually solved by introducing an entirely new chip, which has been exclusively developed by Metrum Acoustics.

Behind the luxurious front more than new chips are concealed:

The parallel driven R2R ladder networks as used in the eight DAC modules performs , especially when combined with our FPGA-driven “forward correction module”, on a higher level. 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 short, the Pavane is a DAC that has taken all the lessons and experiences that her designer has learned over the years, and combined them in an ambitious DAC that can fit in every system. It is musical, honors the Non-oversampling principle while simultaneously incorporating the technological progress that has been made over the years.

Extreme NOS

The Pavane by Metrum Acoustics Pavane is the company’s flagship DAC.

The Forward correction module is splitting the 24 bit format into two new 12 bit streams. So you have a 12 bit stream which is the LSB (least significant bits) and the 12 bit DAC (most significant bits). The problem with 24 bits R2R ladder DAC is linearity and switching noise of the ladder network in the lower ranges. Therefore the LSB part will be pushed to the upper part of the ladder by the forward correction module. In other words, the LSB will be processed as MSB data. The advantage is that it will be processed in the area having the lowest noise, the best linearity and the lowest distortion.

The result however is that on the analog side of these two clusters the volume of the LSB is equal to the MSB part which is wrong, of course. Therefore we have to attenuate the LSB part with 67 dB (equal to 12 bits) to let it match with the MSB part. The result of this attenuation is that switching noise is also attenuated for 67dB and that distortion and linearity in this range is the same as in the MSB part.

All incoming data is passed through this “forward correction module” and the answer to “What’s it correcting?” is essentially low level linearity and noise.

The USB receiver comes courtesy of M2TECH’s hiFaceTWO that supports up to 384kHz over I²S, which is fed directly to the FPGA. The Toslink input maxes out at 96kHz, while the Coax and AES inputs can handle up to 192kHz PCM data. Finishing off the back panel are the power switch and the IEC inlet for the included power cord. Up front resides the units On/Standby button and a series of buttons with associated blue LEDs for input selection.

A DAC On Sound Steroids

The Pavane gives you more weight, body, tonal richness, and a more natural sense of the space of the recording. Or to put it more plainly, it fleshes out your music more!

Think clarity. The Pavane does a wonderful job of presenting even the most complex music in a natural and inviting manner with every last ounce of nuance in tact. There’s no artificial sounding edge, no sense of a flat cutout image, basically none of digital’s nastier stuff. In some cases this can also come with a somewhat dark and muddy sound but that is absolutely not the case with the Pavane; think clarity.

The Pavane allows you to hear into the recording and the recording’s quality. This is somewhat of a good news/bad news proposition in that you’ll really hear what’s there.

Pure & Simple

According to reviewers the Pavane by Metrum Acoustics is clearly onto something with the new DACs and that something, according to many ears, is musical enjoyment. Pure and simple.

The Pavane is available in black or silver. The used top panel is a sandwich of steel and 4 millimeters of tempered black coated glass and gives the Pavane very distinctive looks.

The Pavane is build up with a double well damped frame and will avoid vibrations due to the use of bituminous material. Around this strong body beautiful shaped aluminum panels are used to make it even stronger. The chosen approach masks the use of screws from most important directions. As standard a remote will be delivered to control the available digital inputs.

Additional information

Weight 10 kg
Dimensions N/A
Voltage & Color

110V Silver Line USB, 110V Black Line USB, 230V Silver Line USB, 230V Black Line USB, 110V Silver Line I2S, 110V Black Line I2S, 230V Silver Line I2S, 230V Black Line I2S


Balanced Dual Mono Non oversampling DAC

Forward (FPGA) corrected

4 DAC'S per channel in differential mode

45 VA via 3 separated toroidal transformers

110/115V AC 220/230V AC 60/50Hz

Input 1x optical, 2x coaxial 1x BNC and 1x RCA AES/EBU and USB

Output 1x stereo pair single ended 2 Volts RMS

Output 1x stereo pair XLR balanced 4 Volts RMS

Frequency Response 44.1 kHz sampling 1Hz – 20 khz -2.5 dB

Frequency Response 192 sampling 1Hz – 65 kHz – 3dB and 384kHz (USB)

Distortion 0.006% THD

Noise Floor -155 dB related to 2 Volt RMS

Output impedance RCA 100 Ohm, XLR 200 Ohm

Sampling rate Optical 44.1 – 96 kHz

Sampling rate Coax and AES/EBU: 44.1 -192 kHz

Sampling rate USB 44.1 – 384kHz

Dimensions 440 x 320 x 85 mm

Weight 10KG

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