The Adagio is everything the Metrum Pavane level 3 is with the added addition of a pre-amp that Max's your output at a whopping 4 volts. This is the best sounding most versatile DAC we've ever heard! I love using this with any headphone amp as it's quiet, musical and spacious sounding while used as the DAC with any headphone or speaker amp.
Experiments were made and as result the best sound was coming directly from our Transient™ modules. Even the digital approach did not convince us but still one idea was not tried yet. Especially in case of R2R ladder dac’s 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 years.