Part-Time Audiophile Buyer’s Guide 2024

“Small, simple and relatively inexpensive for the performance it offers, this DAC is perfect for audiophiles who don’t require a lot of bells and whistles but do want superb sound quality. We found the Swiss-built Merason frérot to be perfect for streaming Qobuz, and for mating with an equally high-value streamer. Optional pow1 PSU improves sound quality across the board.
A Reviewer’s Choice winner.”

Merason Frérot DAC + POW1 power supply (The Hans Beekhuyzen Channel)

“The first thing I noticed was the deep lows with fair texture very good for this price point. The voice image is also above average and has a fair focus resolution. The mid range again is above average while the highs are on par with comparable products. All in all a dac that finds its place in the higher regions of my setup.”

High Fidelity Review

“The tested Swiss device is a surprisingly nice design. The sound is dense, nice, pleasantly soft, but also wonderfully differentiated. Differentiation is an important feature of this converter and it will be difficult to find another device from the same price range to show changes in the recording, production and issues of albums equally well.”

Applause Award: Merason frérot DAC Review

“Musically, this DAC ticks along like a Swiss clock and never falters. No matter what programme material you play, it comes back with a grippy, propulsive, energetic, and bubbly sound that’s never less than fun. Its big-hearted musicality is totally out of proportion to its diminutive dimensions.”