Metrum Acoustics has released its middle of the field dac and dac+pre: Onyx and Jade. I was able to visit the XFI audioshow in Holland over the weekend, where the new equipment was shown (for the first time as far as I know). The designer behind Metrum Acoustic, Cees Ruijtenberg (spelling mistake edited, thanks @9suns) was there himself presenting his dacs and amplifiers. We had a nice talk about his latest work and Metrum Acoustics; he appeared to be a kind, sensitive and intelligent man. It became clear that he is very happy how his two new siblings came out. A good deal of the performance of the two big brothers, Pavane and Adagio, for a much more affordable price (Onyx: 2.062 € and Jade: 2.475 €, both Ex. VAT). Onyx and Jade have two pairs of his new Dac Two modules (which are aleady double inside) per channel. That sits right between the Amethyst with one module per channel and the higher models with four modules per channel (and a more elaborate power supply). Onyx and Jade now take the sweet spot in the line up. Outer design is not unlike the Amethyst, but wider... very sleek and elegant... He talked about a future product on the same base as the Onyx/Jade with an integrated amplifier built in. Furthermore he shared that Metrum Acoustics is expanding fast and becoming known more and more. He is on the lookout to expand the team, as there is so much to be taken care of. The Metrum Acoustics room was one of the very few which impressed me on the show. Cees was driving a pair of open baffled speakers (which he designed himself) with his Forte amp. Show conditions did not really allow for discerning fine differences between the new dacs and his TOTL dacs, but I came away duly impressed. If I was looking for an upgrade in this price range, Onyx would be my choice. Attached are a few photographs from the Metrum Acoustics room. At a certain point Cees tried my Eikons with the Amethyst. He had heard a lot about them but never got them in his hands until now. He liked them, by the way.