C8 Reference Converter

The new C8 , top end version of the METRONOME TECHNOLOGIE Converters series, has inherited of the most recent developments and proprietary improvements performed by METRONOME TECHNOLOGIE with a very high level of quality achievement.

The four D/A converters using the best 24 bit/192 kHz technology with 32 bit internal processing permit fast music restitution with clearer and deeper sound. 

The upsampler and the D/A converters are fixed on an independent PCB plugged on the main board which permits easy possible upgrade.

D/A Converter resolution: 24 bit/192 kHz technology with 4 converters. 

Sample rate converter:
Dynamic range capacity : 175dB 
Distortion + noise : -140dB
Internal processing : 32 bit 
Input frequency range : from 44,1 to 192 kHz.

Analog stage line with 2 operational modes:
Mode 1: Solid-state stage line
Mode 2: Tube stage line
Dynamic range capacity : 140 dB 
Frequency bandwidth : 10Hz - 25 kHz +/- 0,1dB Class A international. 

Digital Inputs: 
All the 4 inputs accept from 44.1 to 192 kHz signal
S/PDIF 75 Ohms RCA connector
AES/EBU 110 Ohms XLR connector
Toslink connector
USB asynchronous 

Analog outputs:
Unbalanced 2.5V RMS@0dB -47K Ohms - RCA connectors
Balanced 2.5V RMS@0dB -600 Ohms - XLR connectors

Elektra power supply for C8:
Specific AC filters. 3 main toroidal transformers and 11 separate independent regulation lines.

Voltage: 100 - 120/240 VAC - 50/60 Hz

Power consumption: 40 VA

Dimensions & Weight:
Converter unit (WxHxD) : 450 x 105 x 435 mm Weight : 14kg
Power supply (WxHxD) : 450 x 105 x 435 mm Weight: 15 Kg

Balanced analog outputs are driven with two powerful high end brand Lundahl transformers (Sweden).

The USB type B digital output permits direct connection with a computer (PC and Mac) and accepts high resolution signals such as HD_Master (24bit/192kHz).

Each digital input uses its own Digital Input Receiver for a lower level of jitter.
The analog stage includes four operational amplifiers typically chosen for their sound quality, their fast transitions and exceptional audio quality (very transparent, open & aerial)
The user friendly digital screen indicates the signal frequency of the selected input.
C8 Reference Converter
The power supply with individual power transformers and completely independent regulation lines for each critical part of the converter - digital input stage, digital upsampling and processing, converter, analog output - provides an inter-stage EMI/RFI radiation protection to insure a dynamic analog-like sound quality.
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