Merason Reuss fluid digital sound

Merason Reuss DAC

Merason Reuss DAC

Swiss producer niedal audio lab announced today the launch of its long awaited Reuss DAC which will join Merason’s award winning converter line. CEO and brand owner Daniel Frauchiger states “I am excited about the Reuss. Our passion for music drives us each day and our new Reuss provides the purist musical quality and experience at an impressive price. A ‘must have’ for all audiophiles”.

The new Reuss’ namesake is inspired by the famous river in Switzerland where it’s fluidity of sound merges with Merason’s DNA of “less is more” and where “the main focus is on music quality”. Following the successful DAC1 Mk II release, niedal audio lab has once again succeeded in producing a sonically outstanding digital-to-analogue model at an affordable price. The Reuss’ clean and neutral timbres, rich and energetic sound, distinctively deep and wide stage with precise localization and defined bass are just some of its outstanding qualities. Available in black and silver, the Reuss has an elegant, sleek, and slim aluminium housing with a hand ground solid front panel. Made in Switzerland at their facility in Burgdorf in accordance with strict quality processes and controls.

SMD components are primarily used as in the Merason DAC1 Mk II. The printed circuit board responsible for conversion and buffering has a 6-layer construction to prevent interference from occurring in the first place. All power elements are cooled directly via the chassis and thus remain thermally stable. Components have been meticulously selected based on their sound characteristics and measured performance with listening being the final arbiter. The proven BurrBrown PCM1794A, one per channel, is responsible for the conversion to achieve the highest dynamic range.

As with all Merason products, the circuit topology is symmetrical, i.e. there are a total of 4 independent channels. The individual power supplies have a linear structure, with three transformers responsible for supplying power to the analog and digital circuits. The switching power supply, which is necessary for the standby mode, is completely deactivated during operation to eliminate possible interferences from the start. Available inputs are one SPDIF in RCA and in Toslink, one AES and one USB Audio Class 2.0. The dimensions are 454 x 275 x 50 mm3 and weighs 6 kg. Suggested retail price: €4.900/£4,950 (introductory UK price).

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