Metronome DSC1 mini-preview

It’s built as if from a solid billet of alloy and has almost as many (digital) hook-ups as Rob Lowe did in the ‘80s.

The Metronome DSC1 is the newest arrival at AudioStream and the latest of the French company’s “Digital Sharing” products which to me firmly places it in the network-DAC category.

All I’ve been able to do is unbox it and photograph it as I’m neck-deep in RMAF departure preparations, so look for a more detailed preview piece on the DSC1 once I return from Denver when I plan on having an in-depth Q&A with company director Jean Marie Clauzel about the DSC1’s capabilities and the cutting-edge tech they’ve packed into it, along with the decision to use the Asahi Kasei DAC chip – which implements the last generation AK4497 chipset, well known for its combination of analog warmth coupled with outstanding resolution.

Having spent considerable time with the Metronome CDS 8 CD player and DAC (USB and SPDIF inputs), I have high sonic expectations indeed for the DSC1 in my reference system.

Factory specs below:

  • Resolution: 32 bits / 384 kHz dual-mono,DSD 64 TO 512 (eq. to sampling frequency of 22.4 MHz)
  • Dynamic range: 175 dB / Distorsion plus noise -140 dB
  • Digital inputs: 44.1 to 192 kHz – 2 S/PDIF inputs, 75-Ohms RCA connectors, AES/EBU, 110-Ohms XLR connector, Optical Toslink, USB type-B, PCM and DSD 44.1 - 384 kHz
  • Analog outputs: Unbalanced 2.5 V RMS @0dB -47 KOhms – RCA connectors, balanced 2.5 V RMS @0 dB - 600 Ohms – XLR connectors
  • Power supply: Four toroidal transformers with 10 independent regulation lines

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volvic's picture

I think it will be a winner, I can only imagine the price.