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Métronome DSC mini – Mini with maximum performance

Métronome Technologie, the French High-end HiFi manufacturer, has recently surprised us with a special solution: the new Métronome DSC mini, the perfect partner for the Métronome DSS2 Network Player and Streamer, which has been eagerly awaited by many users.

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  • Métronome Technologie presents the new Métronome DSC mini as the perfect playing partner for the Métronome DSS2 Network Player and Streamer.

The French company Métronome Technologie has been known for years as a proven specialist in the field of digital HiFi components; CD players, SACD players and, of course, streaming and D/A converters are the components with which the HiFi manufacturer has earned its outstanding reputation. One essential product line is the Métronome DS Range, where DS stands for Digital Sharing, which offers a particularly exciting solution in the form of the Métronome DSS2 Network Player and Streamer.

The attractiveness of this compact streaming device, which is designed as an entry-level product in the Métronome Technologie product portfolio but is clearly in the absolute High-end league, is now further strengthened as Métronome Technologie presents the new Métronome DSC mini, the perfect matching converter, at the High End 2024 in Munich.

Small, but with maximum performance

Métronome Technologie describes the new Métronome DSC mini as a very compact solution, but still promises maximum performance, so that even audiophile music lovers should be completely convinced.

In view of the fact that the French company is a proven digital specialist, this promise from Métronome Technologie naturally weighs all the more heavily.

In terms of design, the new Métronome DSC mini is almost the twin brother of the Métronome DSS2 Network Player and Streamer, making it a perfect pairing visually.

The Métronome DSC mini measures no more than 250 x 70 x 250 mm and yet weighs in at an impressive 4,8 kg.

The front is adorned with a generous 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, which clearly displays all relevant information. All settings can be conveniently made using buttons.

An optical and coaxial S/PDIF interface are available as connections, as well as a USB port and an AES/EBU. However, Métronome Technologie clearly recommends using the I2S available on the new Métronome DSC mini whenever possible, as this is where the best quality is achieved.

Signal processing up to 32 bit and 384 kHz as well as DSD512

Signal processing in the new Métronome DSC mini is carried out via the optical S/PDIF interface with up to 32 bit and 192 kHz with Linear PCM and DSD64, whereby DoP, i.e. DSD over PCM, is used. The coaxial S/PDIF interface as well as the AES/EBU allow Linear PCM signals with up to 32 bit and 384 kHz and DSD up to DSD128. I2S ensures that signals in Linear PCM with up to 32 bit and 384 Hz as well as DSD256 can be processed and the Métronome DSC mini supports 32 bit and 384 kHz as well as DSD512 via the USB port.

The new Métronome DSC mini outputs analogue signals either via a pair of unbalanced RCA sockets or a pair of balanced XLR sockets.

Prices and availability

The new Métronome DSC mini will be available soon. The recommended retail price will be € 4.890,-.

Getting to the point

It was probably a wish cherished by many lovers of the Métronome Technologie brand, which is now being fulfilled with the presentation of the new Métronome DSC mini. This is not only a versatile, very compact D/A converter, but above all a perfect playing partner for the Métronome DSS2 Network Player and Streamer, equipped with these features.

PRODUCTMétronome DSC mini
Price€ 4.890,-
BrandMETRONOME
ManufacturerMetronome Technologie
Distribution AustriaAudio Exclusive GmbH
Distribution GermanyH.E.A.R. GmbH
Distribution SwitzerlandPortier Hi-Fi
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.at, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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