Lunar-tic Srajan Ebaen caught me off guard: he’d asked me to pen a couple of paragraphs on the Metrum Hex as second opinion for his 6Moons review. Digging it BIG TIME, the words kept flowing (which is unusual for me and soon the commentary bubble had expanded to 1500 mots justes).
You can read them here.
Make no mistake – this is one VERY special DAC.
Three separate opinions (from Srajan, Frederic Beudot and myself) converged to a 6Moons Blue Moon Award:
Here are some additional photos.
The underside of the lid is lined with a bituminous material (for case resonance damping). More of this material is applied beneath the DAC boards:
Under the S/PDIF board, the OEM USB board from M2Tech:
Three toroidal power supplies. One each for control logic, DAC board and USB boards:
Balanced and single-ended outputs, 6 x input sockets: optical (2) + AES/EBU + coaxial + BNC + USB:
The “more romantic” Lundahl LL1527XL transformers:
Further Information: Metrum Acoustics