Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas in January 2015, C8 + announces the new converters range from M├ętronome laboratories, including the latest numeric technologies (DSD 64 to 512). DSD is read in their native form, which is the only way for a perfect restitution.

Main Highlights and Design Features:

The two D/A converters using the best 24 bit/192 kHz technology with 32 bit internal processing permit fast music restitution with clearer and deeper sound.

The upsampler and the D/A converters are fixed on an independent PCB plugged on the main board allowing future upgrades.

The USB type B digital output permits direct connection with a computer (PC and Mac) and accepts high resolution signals such as HD_Master (32 bit/ 384kHz).

Each digital input uses its own Digital Input Receiver for a lower level of jitter.

The analog stage includes four operational amplifiers typically chosen for their sound quality, their fast transitions and exceptional audio quality (very transparent, open & aerial)

A user friendly digital screen shows the signal frequency of the selected input.

The power supply with individual power transformers and completely independent regulation lines for each critical part of the converter - digital input stage, digital upsampling and processing, converter, analog output - provides an inter-stage EMI/RFI radiation protection to insure a dynamic analog-like sound quality.

C8 + includes a unique switch function from solid state to tubes and an external ELEKTRA power supply.

  • D/A Converter resolution: 32 bit/ 384 kHz technology with one converters per canal
  • Sample rate converter:
    • Dynamic range capacity: 175dB
    • Distortion + noise: -140dB
    • Internal processing: 32 bit
    • Input frequency range: from 44,1 to 384 kHz
  • Analog stage line with 2 operational modes:
    • Mode 1:
      • Solid-state stage line
    • Mode 2:
      • Tube stage line
      • Dynamic range capacity: 140 dB
      • Frequency bandwidth: 10Hz - 25 kHz +/- 0,1dB Class A
  • Digital Inputs:
    • All the 4 inputs accept from 44.1 to 192 kHz signal
    • S/PDIF 75 Ohms RCA connector
    • AES/EBU 110 Ohms XLR connector
    • Toslink connector
    • USB asynchronous type B
  • Analog outputs:
    • Unbalanced 2.5V RMS@0dB -47K Ohms - RCA connectors
    • Balanced 2.5V RMS@0dB -600 Ohms - XLR connectors
  • Elektra power supply for C8: Specific AC filters. 3 main toroidal transformers and 11 separate independent regulation lines
  • Voltage: 100 - 120/240 VAC - 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 40 VA
  • Dimensions & Weight:
    • Converter unit (WxHxD): 450 x 105 x 435 mm Weight: 14kg
    • Elektra Power supply (WxHxD): 450 x 105 x 435 mm Weight: 15