In order to improve upon the Octave we stopped looking towards our secret industrial chip, and instead implemented our new Transient technology as used in our flagship Pavane. The Musette is designed on the same basic frame as used for the Octave but to get more flexibility, both front and back panel have been changed as one more digital input is added. Like her predecessor, the Musette is available in both silver and black.
The Musette is using two Transient R2R ladder Dac One modules as used in the Pavane. These modules can handle extreme high sampling rates but are limited to current industry standards which has its maximum (384kHz) on the USB input. The result of this process is an extremely fast and accurate behavior and brings listening experience on a much higher level . Despite the fact that both dac modules are build on the same board an extremely high channel separation of 100 dB is realized. This contributes to flawless positioning of instruments. In other words, a DAC we are rightly proud of.
Michael Lavorgna of Audiostream
From the moment I hit play for the very first time through the Musette, I heard a liveness and incisiveness that caught my full attention. Coming off the Rega DAC-R when I first plugged the Musette in, the contrast was rather extreme; the DAC-R sounded sleepy in comparison. Truth be told, I ended up staying up very late that first night with the Musette, playing all manner of raucous music, The Birthday Party, Zeppelin, Hendrix, fka Twigs, War and more (and dancing my ass off around the barn). I had a party celebrating the Musette's way with my music.
For lack of a better way to put it, the Metrum Musette sounds like music with no bullshit added. Of course you can get more of the things it does well in other DACs, we'll be listening to Metrum's own more expensive Pavane soon, but it does the things it does very well and as I mentioned these happen to be important things to me. So yea, I really enjoyed listening to the Musette and could and did listen for long periods of time, over time; an ongoing party.
Metrum’s new Musette Mini DAC is dazzlingly good, writes Andy Baker, who reckons that this non-oversampling beauty sounds all the better for it.