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Metrum Adagio Digital Preamplifier

Metrum Adagio Digital Preamplifier
(£4,895.83 Exc. VAT)

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  • Non oversampling dac
  • Extremely high linearity
  • 24 bit dynamic range
  • Omits a pre-amplifier
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Metrum Adagio Digital Preamplifier

What more can you do after launching one of the best dacs available today?

We are aware that our current flagship Pavane is hard to beat but at least one idea was not realized yet. The idea of having a decent volume control to prevent a necessary pre-amplifier could improves performance dramatically. However, we also know that the way of introducing such device in the signal chain can also have a negative effect.

Experiments were made and as result the best sound was coming directly from our Transient™ modules. Even the digital approach did not convinced us but still one idea was not tried yet. Especially in case of R2R ladder dacs it is quite easy to change the output voltage of the dac by changing its reference voltage but to realize this, dedicated dac boards were designed to get the best regulation possible.

Like our Pavane, “forward correction” techniques are used to drive both mono dac boards. The result of this process is an extremely high linearity, right down to -140 dB, which gives the Adagio a realistic 24 bit dynamic range.

The Adagio is a step forwards as it omits a pre-amplifier. It is musical, honors the Non-oversampling principle and simultaneously incorporating the technological progress that has been made over the year.

Shipping typically 5-7 days
  • Working principle: Non oversampling dac. Forward  corrected, 4 dac modules pro channel in differential mode.  
  • Power: 75 VA via 3 separated torodial transformers 
  • Mains voltage: 110/115V AC 220/230V AC 60/50Hz 
  • Inputs: 1x optical, 2x coaxial (1x BNC and 1x RCA), AES/EBU and USB 
  • Outputs: RCA : 3 Volts RMS max. 0dB output setting, XLR:  6 Volts RMS max. 0dB output setting, RCA : 1 Volt RMS max. -10dB output setting, XLR:  2 Volts RMS max.-10dB output setting.    
  • Frequency response: 1Hz - 20 khz -1dB. 44.1 kHz sampling, 1Hz - 65 kHz -1dB .192 and 384kHz (USB)  
  • Distortion: 0.006 % THD 
  • Noise: -145 dB related to 2 Volt RMS 
  • Output impedance: RCA 100 Ohm. XLR 640 Ohm 0dB output setting, RCA 100 Ohm. XLR 320 Ohm -10dB output setting  
  • Sampling rate: Optical 44.1 - 96 kHz sampling rate, Coax and AES/EBU: 44.1 -192 kHz . USB 44.1 - 384kHz sampling rate  
  • Dimensions: 440 x 320 x 85 mm 
  • Weight: 10 kg

UK Delivery

  • FREE delivery via DPD Local By 12pm on orders to value over £300, including one hour delivery window service 'Predict & Follow My Parcel'.
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery By 1pm costs between £5.00 - £10.00 on orders to value under £300, dependent on weight.
  • Saturday or Sunday delivery available upon request for supplemental charge.

EU Delivery

  • £25 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Road service (5-7 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
  • £50 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL Europe by Air service  (2-3 days) which provides comprehensive tracking of shipments online.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.

USA & Canada Delivery

  • Services based on your order being shipped to the U.S. and Canada are calculated as follows:
    £100 delivery charge 'Flat Fee' via DHL international 'Day Definite' service per parcel.
    Receiver is responsible for the payment of local Duties and Taxes.


  • Not all products are available for order into Europe, USA & Canada


  • Full manufacturer's warranty on all new purchases. Standard warranty is typically 12 months to 2 years with some goods coming with 6 years manufacturer's warranty.
  • Goods purchased in UK and EU are covered by the Consumer Contracts Regulations.

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