AQWO – Celebrating 30 years in business and 15 months of R&D, Métronome Technologie bow their new SACD/CD player with DAC [€12'800]. "The read mechanism is a top loader with proprietary improvements, stainless steel shaft and Delrin clamp. The converter section uses dual-mono AK4497 chips which decode native DSD at x 8 or 512. Multiple digital i/o give versatile opportunities to use it as a transport with an external DAC; or as a pure converter." Available finishes are silver or black.