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Rest of my setup is (Soon to be DAC) => Job Pre2 => Job 225 => Evolution Acoustics MicroOnes.

What is the Metrum Quad? Is it the entry line of Metrum or discontinued DAC from Metrum?

Trying to get the best DAC possible..

Heard that Metrum MK 2 is really good but also is the Hugo.

I prefer warmer than neutral.

Since you have heard both, which one would you recommend? I am not going to be using Usb but just coaxial.

Bluetooth capability of the Hugo is really tempting since I will be using android phone to stream music.
With Met. MK2, would prabably get Sonos or etc to stream. I do not want to get into computer playback for music.

I do not need the headphone or the volume control or the portability options on the Hugo.

Its strictly for 2 channel playback.

Any recomendations anyone?
Edited by SearchOfSub - 6/28/14 at 5:44pm
post #602 of 614
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Originally Posted by complin View Post
 

I think it may likely depend on the converter you are using.

A decent converter isn't exactly cheap! Costs almost a much as a Metrum MKII !

I've had a number of USB DAC's and most of them because they need a special driver for windows I have found a pain in the proverbial! You are reliant on the DAC manufacturer to keep the drivers up to date with current versions of operating system. This is why Metrum have moved away from the M2Tec USB implementation as they are not keeping it current.

My preference is for a device which uses a native driver with an optional proprietary if desired. I think Audiophileo take this approach. If your main source is going to be computer based then USB would seem the obvious choice.   

 

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Originally Posted by Afghan Vet View Post
 

Yes sir.....the converter is connected to the PC's USB output then SPIDF out of the converter - and would be connected into the coax of the Octave. So my option would be either to use the optical out of the cd player into the Octave (yuck) or buy an Octave with the USB input and get rid of the converter. It is just hard to tell whether 'better sound' would come with the direct USB in from the computer or through the converter. Most of the music I will play will likely be played through JRiver, through the computer......so if it is better to use the converter and the coax input on the Octave, then that will trump using the coax input on the Octave for the cd player (if that makes any sense).

 

Thank you again for stickin' around....answering my questions! I have a Wavelength USB/SPIDF USB Converter

 

I purchased it from a friend a couple years ago.....has been working well with my Peachtree. If I feel that it is not up to the task (He paid $1k a couple years ago....I paid him a lot less for it), then I may go with the Audiophileo products that many have said wonderful things about. Then I would have the option to either do the toslink connection out of my Cambridge Audio player into the Metrum or........purchase a Rega or Stello transport (or something similar) to hook up directly to the amp. Although....I think I'd rather go through the Metrum DAC instead of using the DAC in the transport. Anyway, thank you so much for your input!

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Originally Posted by SearchOfSub View Post

Rest of my setup is (Soon to be DAC) => Job Pre2 => Job 225 => Evolution Acoustics MicroOnes.

What is the Metrum Quad? Is it the entry line of Metrum or discontinued DAC from Metrum?

Trying to get the best DAC possible..

Heard that Metrum MK 2 is really good but also is the Hugo.

I prefer warmer than neutral.

Since you have heard both, which one would you recommend? I am not going to be using Usb but just coaxial.

Bluetooth capability of the Hugo is really tempting since I will be using android phone to stream music.
With Met. MK2, would prabably get Sonos or etc to stream. I do not want to get into computer playback for music.

I do not need the headphone or the volume control or the portability options on the Hugo.

Its strictly for 2 channel playback.

Any recomendations anyone?
Definitely not the Hugo. It will be too thin with the JOB gears, who are already on the lean/super-detailed side. Unless your speakers are very warm?

At the Hugo's budget I'd get either a used Metrum HEX or Audio-gd Master-7.
If your budget can stretch to 3k, the AMR DP-777 and Lampizator 4 are strong candidates.
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My speakers are ribbon so its definately not on the warm side. Maybe even a tiny bit harsh in high frequencies. Tranperent though.

I was planning to go with the lampi level 4 gen 4 until someone who both had the metrum octave mk2 and lampi preffered the metrum to my surprise considering the price difference.. overall he preffered the balance of metrum over lampi..

That and 6moons sarajan having the metrum hex as his reference dac regardless of price..
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I just moved my Octave Mk 1 into my speaker system, having bought the Hugo for headphone listening. Not had much time to evaluate yet. If I miss it I'll have to move it back!

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Any early impressions?
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Originally Posted by SearchOfSub View Post

My speakers are ribbon so its definately not on the warm side. Maybe even a tiny bit harsh in high frequencies. Tranperent though.

I was planning to go with the lampi level 4 gen 4 until someone who both had the metrum octave mk2 and lampi preffered the metrum to my surprise considering the price difference.. overall he preffered the balance of metrum over lampi..

That and 6moons sarajan having the metrum hex as his reference dac regardless of price..

 

 

That's interesting.  I would love to hear more comparisons of the two.

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Much as I love the Hugo I'm missing the Metrum - I really don't get the opportunity to listen to my 2 channel system. 

 

So my question is - which amp do you recommend to pair with Metrum Octave?  I had the v200 but sold it.

post #609 of 614
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Originally Posted by avl06 View Post

Much as I love the Hugo I'm missing the Metrum - I really don't get the opportunity to listen to my 2 channel system. 

So my question is - which amp do you recommend to pair with Metrum Octave?  I had the v200 but sold it.

For which headphone ? smily_headphones1.gif
post #610 of 614
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post


For which headphone ? smily_headphones1.gif

My new LCD-X and ideally my old T1

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Anyone heard the Metrum Aurix? Someone must have surely:confused:

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I'm looking for Metrum Quad DAC. Please PM if you have one gathering dust :}

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I'm looking for Metrum Quad DAC. Please PM if you have one gathering dust :}


Check out link above. Price is a bit high but if you could get it for 400...

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