Metrum Acoustics Pavane DAC listening impressions

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  1. nachocheese70

    nachocheese70 Almost "Made"

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    I would double check with ZMF that the price includes import duties and VAT. I wouldn’t be surprised if the “taxes” referred only to local USA sales tax. My experience with international purchases is those fees are paid for by the buyer, based on the declared value. Given typical VAT in most EU countries, that would easily explain the difference.
     
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    hifiheaven.net is also selling it cheaper than Metrum is selling it on their website.
    The price Metrum is selling might be their suggest MSRP & a 3rd party sites are allowed to sell it cheaper?

    Is there any online retailers that are selling the Pavane in your region?
     
  3. Grahad2

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    Besides, the Schiit SYS is a pot based attenuator (with a common ground), not a resistor type. Resistor type typically refers to (expensive!) discrete resistor pots not the wiper pots.
     
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    @David De Lucena

    The ZMF webside clearly states that they are selling the current Pavane Level 3 - for 4750 USD.

    @nachocheese70

    It is obvious that the price doesn't include shipping and taxes! My rough calculation was as follows:

    4750 USD for Pavane plus 200 USD shipping to Germany equals 4950 USD or 4000 EUR. Than you have to add about 20% import duties and VAT. Which makes about 4900 EUR if you add some headroom for handling charges etc.
     
  5. Anjo De Heus

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    Dear Stefan, this is Anjo from Metrum Acoustics and instead of everybody guessing or getting annoyed over this the following. Disclaimer: normally I would not intervene as a vendor, but this is too important for me. Let’s establish the fact that we at Metrum care about our customers and deceiving them is not our style nor intention, au contraire we always go the extra mile to make things right.
    Having said that please be aware that we also deal with dealers who clear their stock. Mostly you will see Pavane and Adagio being discounted when they have level 1 chips in them. This is annoying as I have realized as well it is not always obvious which chip level set is in the product. Despite asking for transparency it seems to go on, against our wishes and guidelines. The problem becomes even bigger when the client wishes to have an MQA or i2s upgrade, which is not possible with the older releases. For that reason there is no need for WTF or other swearing imo as the only price for the most actual products is the price published on our website. We only deliver the latest Dac chips and if at all we are dealing with over stock we write it off but will not sell it. Last, there have been some cases of excessive discounting recently but this should be history now. There is a Msrp and if dealers do not comply, we will not continue with them in the future. Thank you for this airtime. BTW we just released the ROON endpoint, AMBRE
     
  6. Anjo De Heus

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    And always feel to contact us at [email protected] which we monitor ongoing :)
     
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    @Anjo De Heus

    Thank you for responding as MOT and clarifying the situation. But as a potential customer it is difficult bordering on impossible to distinguish between the claims on your website and what ZMF has to say:

    http://www.zmfheadphones.com/ampsanddacs/metrum-pavane

    By the way - I was made to believe that the Adagio always had the Level 3 modules installed.
     
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  8. Anjo De Heus

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    I see your point and it annoys me more than you. I will address this to Zach and have him raise the price as we do not approve of this. FYI I have helped a number of customers lately who assumed they had the latest Dac chips in their acquired products and this was not true. At Metrum we have replaced the motherboards at our own expense. But unfortunately I can not always browse the website of dealers and manage them like I’m their daddy, I rather spend my time getting you the best product ever. As said if dealers won’t comply there will be a cease or desist letter, and than it’s up to them.
     
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    Welcome @Anjo De Heus and thanks for the explanation!

    Please, can you also explain a bit more on the "Adagio with Level 1 chips"? Was it a typo?
    Like @StefanAC, I believed that Adagio always had the DAC TWO, Level 3 modules installed.
     
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    In my car and on the road kind of typo open for intepretation. Adagio always has been DAC 3 chips. Apologies for the confusion
     
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    Metrum Acoustics Pavane Level 3 i2s + Ambre:

    After auditioning Metrum onyx, I was very impressed by the sound signature.

    So I went ahead and got Pavane L3 i2s + Ambre.
    Decided to sacrifice USB altogether.

    Setup:
    Roon(iMac)-->RJ45--> Metrum Ambre -->i2s--> Metrum Pavane Level 3--> Audioquest Water RCA--> Violectric V281--> Audeze lcd i4 (Balanced Effect Audio Horus).

    Last 24 hours has completely changed my perception of music. The tonality is simply outstanding. The pitch black background, deep & tall soundstage is a treat for ears.

    The mids are bodied, natural, emotional, textured & lush. There is an excellent imaging & layering of instruments, vocals in a three dimensional space. Instruments have natural timbre

    A special word on the black background/noise floor. Pavane has a very low noise floor -155db at 2v rms. This helps in presenting the subtle background sounds which gets drowned in noise (RF,EMI,ground loops).These sounds just elevate the music enjoyment to an another level.
    The microdetails are so evident, one does not require extra effort to focus on these sounds, They are just there in front of you.

    I had auditioned Chord Dave alongside my hugo2 around a month back. I didn't experienced the same level of enjoyment or eargasm.
    The sound from pavane is just effortless.There is no element of fatigue.
    NO harshness/edginess/sibilance. Some may think its HF roll off, that's not the matter at all. It has fast transients, well extended trebles with non fatiguing/non ear piercing sparkling character.

    It is a definite step up from Metrum onyx in all the departments.

    I don't miss Chord Dave at all tbh.

    The built quality is awesome. It weighs around 10 kgs. The black glass top adds class to its body.

    Metrum recommends 3-4 weeks of burn in for Pavane & 1-2 weeks for Ambre.

    Thank you @Anjo De Heus for helping me out with the purchase & solving all my queries.

    Pavane is the best DAC I have ever heard in my short audiophile journey. Metrum have hit the bulls eye with pavane.
     

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