Originally Posted by D.T. Jambor
db tech / Lavry Engineering AD12296-MKIII
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.
2. Apogee other -- there's alot in the 'other' category. let's assume you mean 16X series which is their latest offering with BB clock. i actually bought these because of comments from different people who have owned Lavry Blue and Prism and have preferred 16X. someone else has both 16X and Prism and uses each for different things. someone else considered Lavry Blues better than 16X. FWIW i came to the conclusion 16X must be at least comparable to Prism so i opted for 16X as there is a dealer in Mexico for these. no way to compare for myself.
3. Prism -- from what i've gathered, are more neutral sounding than Radar
or Apogee. this may or may not be what one is after. however, there are those who say Apogee 16X is quite close to the original source while others say they're colored in a very pleasing way.
-- from what i gather, the closest of the lot to analog tape (Nyquist and S-Nyquist models), so obviously colored. have not been able to find any direct comparisons between Radar
and 16X and believe me, i've looked. if a standalone recorder is needed, this would be the obvious choice for me.
price wise, Radar
and Prism are the most expensive.
i haven't personally compared any of these to date, so this is only to share some impressions after doing much research in GS, other forums and articles, and asking for opinions. bottom line, i haven't been able to conclude there's an absolute 'best' one here.
my less than 2¢.