Published by Sean Sullivan on 2nd December 2011
Lynx Aurora 16
With a look as clean and slick as the sound, the Lynx Aurora line of the converters deliver high quality results at a moderate price. With unparalleled features and flexibility the Lynx Aurora is a suitable solution for professional audio facility and serious home enthusiast. Is portability a concern? The FireWire and USB expansion cards make hook up to laptops a cinch. Hoping to interface with Pro Tools HD? Lynx's HD card work flawlessly, even with the new HD Native card (what I'm using). There's even ADAT, MADI, and AES cards available, so no matter what type of system you are working with their a solution to make the Lynx Aurora converters work for you.
I would describe the sound as transparent, with amazing depth and clarity. In comparison to the Apogee Rosetta line, I would describe it a little thinner in the low-mids, but more euphoric in the top end. The Rosetta has a "tape" like hump in the low end, which some might prefer. I wouldn't describe it as better, just different.
The Rosetta is older technology, and more expensive with less feature, so for me it was a no-brainer to buy the Lynx Aurora. I don't for a second think I made a compromise. In fact, for what I do, the cleaner, clearer sound works better for me.
16 channels of A/D and D/A and 16 digital I/O for $3000 new? The Lynx Aurora 16 has no equal.