New interface

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by macmanmatty, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have spent the past few weeks looking at every affordable good quality AD/da converter. I after much reading of reviews and forums postings I have lowered it down to these "afforidable options" (around $1500 ) and wondered how they all stacked up in terms of conversion quality.

    Fireface 800
    http://www.rme-audio.com/english/firewire/ff800.htm

    Metric Halo 2882
    http://www.mhlabs.com/metric_halo/products/mio/2882/

    Metric Halo ULN-2
    http://www.mhlabs.com/metric_halo/products/mio/uln2

    LynxTwo "C"
    http://www.lynxstudio.com/lynxtwo.html

    Motu Ultralite
    http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/ultralite/

    Rosetta 200
    http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/rosetta200.php



    I also looked at the lynx aurora but it looks like you have you have to have aes16 to make it work with a mac and buy additional i/o cables. (correct me if i'm wrong)

    Also if you have any da/ad conveter that you think i should consider adding to the list your opion would be welcome.


    Thanks

    Macmanmatty
     
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    there are some good pieces there, but you're all over the place wrt # of channels. what are your needs?

    also -- if you need only 2 channels of d/a, check out the benchmark dac-1. i like mine lots. (my other converter is an apogee rosetta 800, fwiw).
     
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    I would like to have at lest 4 channels of A/D (more is always nice) and 2 channels of D/A. But I would take less a/d if the convters in one of 2 channel units are REALLY amazing and blow the others away.
     
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    just my personal opinion, but i'd put apogee and metric halo in a group above presonus and MOTU. i don't have any experience with the lynx.

    4 is kind of a tough number, as most converters go from 2 to 8. i think the one floating to the top is the 8228, as it's quality and gives you more channels than you need atm.

    there's a lot of love for MH over at the osxaudio hardware forum.

    edit: btw, your location is cracking me up.
     
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    also -- i don't know which preamps you have. if you don't have any, or they're of medium quality, then you may want to consider the uln-2. i haven't used it myself, but i've heard some amazing location binaural stuff recorded with it (using earthworks mics, natch).
     
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    would the unl-2's pre be better than the rnp which I currenty own
     
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    as i've not used the uln-2 pre's myself, i can't say for sure (i do have an rnp, which i like a lot). an engineer friend of mine who owns both likes the uln-2 pre's better.

    i had to spend a lot more than i spent on the rnp to get something better, fwiw.
     
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    ah geez -- i'm so used to seeing presonus' firebox and firepod that i missed the fact that this is an RME unit. i haven't used these, either.

    please disregard my presonus comment above.
     

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