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Review: Sonnet Digital Audio Morpheus DAC and Hermes Streamer - Twittering Machines
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The new Sonnet range does a wonderful job of presenting even the most complex music in a natural and inviting manner with every ounce of nuance intact. There is no artificial sounding edge, no sense of a flat cutout image, basically none of digital’s nastier stuff. In some DAC designs, this type of presentation comes with a somewhat dark and muddy sound, but that is not the case with the new Sonnet range. Morpheus allows you to hear deep into the recording, as well as the recording’s quality.
Cees Ruijtenberg has started a new company, Sonnet Digital Audio.
The renowned designer of the unanimously acclaimed Metrum Acoustics Pevane and Addagio DAC’s is back in full force with his latest creation, Morpheus. Sonnet and Cees were referred to Audio Art by a noted industry journalist who has “heard it all” after asking for a recommendation to an emerging and important line of digital audio products, with something special to offer. I’m glad I got in touch with them, and I can tell you without hesitation, Morpheus is a sonic mind-bender at its asking price. Cees and team have come to play.
What sets Morpheus apart from its Metrum pedigree, is an uncanny ability to offer a fast transient attack, and stunningly accurate image placement, without sacrificing the immense space, separation, liquidity and impact that made these earlier incarnations such incredible achievements in the digital audio marketplace.
Get ready for next level digital audio.
Zero high frequency roll off, remarkable resolution of detail, and a room filling soundstage. Layers of instruments and vocalists abound, with each player and vocalist occupying an identifiable space. Bass is tight, tuneful, and deep. Treble and mids are crisp, clean, and clear with no harshness whatsoever. The presentation has lots of air, and lots of space, but with more weight, more body, more tonal richness and texture, as well as a more natural sense of the recorded space.
A Pure & Simple Digital to Analog conversion with Volume control
What more can you do after launching one of the best DACs available today? The idea of having a capable volume control to take the place of an analog preamp is always a big plus. However, such an attenuation device in the signal chain can also have a negative effect. After exhaustive testing, Cees discovered the best way to achieve this was to change the output voltage of the DAC itself by changing its reference voltage. The SDA-2, a new generation R-2-R Ladder DAC module was designed to get the purist voltage regulation possible. The result of this process is an extremely high linearity, right down to -140 dB, which gives Morpheus a realistic 24-bit dynamic range.
The Bottom Line: Sonnet Digital Audio’s Morpheus is the perfect DAC to call your end-game digital source, at a price that is sending other DAC designers back to the drawing board!
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