There are many CD players and DACs that claim to be the best, but there is only one name that stands head and shoulders above the rest by virtue of its matchless performance and stunning appearance: Metronome Technologie.
This unique French company has never been interested in any digital format other than CD, and they are constantly exploring new boundaries to the silver disc’s musical capabilities. Their gorgeous Kalista Reference transports have become legendary, equalled only by their extraordinary digital-to-analogue converters.
Their latest reference DAC is the interestingly-named Nausicaa, a no-holds-barred unit that features the same circuitry as the existing C8, but uses superior cabinet materials to minimize vibration and thus give even greater performance.
The four digital to analog converters - two per channel - use the finest 24 bit/192kHz technology with internal 32bit processing to give fast, dynamic and crystal-clear sound. Sampling rate characteristics and a dynamic range capacity of 175dB, combined with distortion and noise of -140dB, are responsible for Nausicaa’s outstanding performance. As with the C8 an attractive feature of the Nausicaa is that it can operate in a switchable tube or solid state mode, thus making it extremely versatile and adaptable to individual musical preferences.
Further significant performance gains are obtained with its ‘silent base’ support, which greatly enhances the soundstage and results in a most impressive dynamic contrast. A final aesthetic bonus is that the Calypso or Kalista and Nausicaa have been designed to be stacked, and there are several combinations available.