Hi audioabc,

I have not heard the Metrum and so cannot comment on it.

I have the N-05 which is now past 1000 hours of burn-in. It shares the same AK 4490 chip as the K-05X. I find the N-05 beating my previous K-01 which I used for almost 3 years, in every sonic parameter.

If you only need a new dac to go with your current player as transport, the N-05 is very good value for the money. If you want everything new, then the K-05X should be your ticket.

Here’s the link to the awards list for Esoteric gear - the K-05X as second prize winner, nudged the K-03X to third place.

http://www.esoteric.jp/about/award/indexe.html

Rgds. J.

I have not heard the Metrum and so cannot comment on it.

I have the N-05 which is now past 1000 hours of burn-in. It shares the same AK 4490 chip as the K-05X. I find the N-05 beating my previous K-01 which I used for almost 3 years, in every sonic parameter.

If you only need a new dac to go with your current player as transport, the N-05 is very good value for the money. If you want everything new, then the K-05X should be your ticket.

Here’s the link to the awards list for Esoteric gear - the K-05X as second prize winner, nudged the K-03X to third place.

http://www.esoteric.jp/about/award/indexe.html

Rgds. J.