This French company came on my radar only in the past few months as I kept hearing the Metronome CD8 S mentioned when I asked around about players that I should try to arrange a review of. Metronome’s approach with this transport/DAC is similar to a number of others in that while the transport itself is Redbook-only, it has inputs on a separate board (USB, S/PDIF) that allow the box’s AKM AK4490EQ 32-bit chipset to handle multiple digital formats: PCM decoding up to 768kHz, and also… DSD. A very nice option for those looking to have a one-box solution for both 16/44 discs, and computer-audio playback convenience. The cast, and machined-metal casework is very robust, and like the AN mentioned previously has a velvety-smooth top-access sliding door (although here it reveals the Philips CDM12 Pro2 transport mechanism). One of the very cool human-design details which I noticed immediately (and was very grateful at night for) is the inclusion of a small blue LED light that turns on inside the CD bay when the door is slid open. Hallmarks of the CD8 S are it’s wonderful timbral colour, and hyper-realistic portrayal of stringed instruments. It offers tight, deep, and musical bass with everything from electronic dance music to cello solos. Piano, and percussion are reproduced with delicate spectral decay on trailing edges of notes. MSRP listed as $10,000 USD/$12,470 CAN. Look for an upcoming review .
Owens was a supremely talented receiver, but he also was a supremely selfish player who submarined multiple franchises during his playing career. Owens forced his way out of San Francisco only to have a two-year stint in Philadelphia that ended with him doing sit-ups in a driveway before being suspended by the team. Owens resurfaced in Dallas, and that ended badly, too. After stints in Buffalo and Cincinnati, Owens’ 15-year career ended with Hall of Fame numbers. But he is having to wait longer because of all that damage.