Jean Marie Clauzel, Owner and Designer, of Métronome told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine: ‘Developed from scratch by our internal design office, these new products are the results of my decision to completely renew the product ranges of Métronome. We launched theAQWO in 2018, and it took one more year to finalise the top high-end transport and D/A converter. We made our very best so that these two devices are worthy successors to T8 and C8 legendary products.’
The top-loading SACD/CD transport used in the t|AQWO is based on a professional drive mechanism made by D&M, but Métronome says it has made proprietary improvements to improve its performance. The c|AQWO DAC uses a pair of AK4497, 32/768kHz DACs (one per channel) in order to be able to decode DSD in native form up to 512, as well as all the most popular PCM formats. It has four digital outputs: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink, and HDMI I²S.