Families grow, and for Merason the opportunity to add a DAC to the
range as a sibling to the DAC-1 was one not to be missed. An ideal unit for those who are seeking a DAC at a different price point, or perhaps for a second system; crucially however – performance has to be commensurate. Merason offers the Frérot to do precisely that.
Like most siblings there are qualities inherited, and in the case of the Frérot the same analogue like sound is apparent from first use.
Build is consistent to the larger unit, with a 3mm thick, powder coated aluminium chassis and case, and a similar range of inputs.
The Burr-Brown PCM1794-A converter chip appears again,
however in single form performing decoding for both
channels. Output amplifiers are built using Class A
topology and are discrete.
The Frérot may be the little brother, but you can be sure
it’s no cheeky upstart.
“The MERASON Frérot DAC gives music lovers a choice at a price point that
may be very affordable for most audiophiles. It is definitely a contender
worthy of your consideration if you are looking for a budget-priced option!”
FRÉROT, REVIEW BY THE AUDIO BEATNIK
EXQUISITE SWISS TIMEKEEPING ISN’T JUST FOR YOUR WRIST
The name Merason was chosen as it describes the companies approach and philosophy perfectly. ‘Mera’ means unique, and ‘son’ sound. Combined they form Merason or ‘Unique Sound’
Handcrafted in Worb, Switzerland, with the greatest possible care, Daniel Frauchiger and his Team at Merason craft some exceptional products. Merason’s goal from the beginning was to create very analogue-sounding DACs that perform well above their respective price points; they have more than met that brief, exceeding it by a large margin.
Merason products have quickly gained the attention, and high praise from The Hi-Fi Press, Retailers and customers alike. Reading the reviews and feedback, you will pick out terms like ‘high musicality’ as these often appear. Such is their sonic signature and lack of what is often referred to as ‘digital harshness’ has left even die-hard fans of vinyl and analogue tape impressed, demonstrating what is possible in digital technology when music is experienced through a Merason DAC.
One reviewer stated that in their opinion the “the Merason DAC-1 is a serious contender for best DAC at any price, sonically, it competes toe to toe with the high priced big boys.” – High praise indeed.
There are currently two high precision DAC products available, the DAC1 and Frérot.