[QUOTE=raal]a very well known mastering engineer wrote: "Our favorite A/D D/A converter is the Pacific Microsonics Model Two. All the others you mention are in second place for us. At 192kHz I defy anyone to reliably differentiate the converted sound verses the original (analog source)." he considered Lavry Gold, Weiss, DCS, Prism and others second to these. he also said many people liked all of these converters so i should listen to them for myself before deciding. will not say his name as he wrote me privately and i haven't asked his permission to post his opinion.
at any rate, from JOHN's original post i gather he's looking at multichannel systems. can't imagine anyone getting 16 or 24 channels of Lavry Gold or Pacific Microsonics for tracking/recording.
since i've also been looking for ADDAs recently, here's what i've found. hope this is of some help:
1. Apogee Big Ben
-- great clock. some people say Isochrone
is better. i have an Isochrone
and just ordered Apogee 16X converters, so as soon as i can, i'll compare the 16X clocked to Isochrone
and to their own clock (same as BB) - will also clock my Digi 192s to Isochrone
and 16X and report results.
I read a thread on the DUC some months ago (maybe 1 year) where there was pasted an article from a Digi guy who says that the 192 interfaces, when clocked by an external source, do a thing like "reclocking" and an external clock works for the 192 only for the sync of the digital word but it will always the 192's PLL that drives the converters, therefore the quality of an external clock doesn't affect the sound of the 192 interface.
This was what I remember, but if you want to be sure what this article exactly said, do a search on the DUC.