Originally Posted by Sir.Audio
I once met a buffer named low-ie .... ?
Exactly that. There will never be a clocking issue like that when there is only one converter in use. These issues are almost always because the transfer format [FW] and Computer/DAW Software [or hard drive] marriage is not optimized for the intended applications. There are far more reasons why that error occurs with a single box on the system.
Originally Posted by GrindJazz
Will a Apogee Big Ben Improve the Sound of an Apogee Ensemble?
is there Big difference in sound quality?
Here's the deal;
The C777 is a better clock to my ear. The Dual Stage Clock in these boxes, is very, very good. Don't get me wrong!! Apogee makes a very high quality product and the Inteli-Clock is a wonderful design. I think its fair to say; the C777 is a BETTER clock, and, to my ear, it does change the sound of the Ensemble and Rosetta Series converters. When clocking the Ensemble with the BB or AD/DA16x; the bottom is brought up, and there is more detail in the harmonic content. There is a certain amount of HF rounding or simply, the top seems smoother; high hats/upper register vocals/loud guitars IE upper midrange instrumentation, doesn't seem to need any EQ notching surgery to "de-shrill" the transients, from the "spit" they might produce. Things are tightened up. The stereo image may also be perceived as "bigger" or broader, which might again have a lot to do with distortion. Its NOT life changing, nor is it NECESSARY with a single converter to getting results in your room, but to my ear it DOES change the composition and harmonic content [also known as TONE] of the audio being encoded, and then decoded back analog signal, by a percentage.
Good or bad is all up to you. I've heard it "making a difference" with many sets of converter rigs. I think; if its worth it or not, is always going to be completely end user definable. You've really got to try this device with your equipment, and work with it under real world applications, and see if it matters to you. I agree that it might be better [as technically defined] to simply spend your money on a better converter, that has a better internal clock, as well as a better analog circuit, [like the AD16x], but we are all different, [subjectively] and what we all consider "better" is individualized by your ear [I think], so the only way to truly figure this out is to plug in, X Clock to Y Converter/Effects Box/Multi-track/Digital Console/2-track CD/DAT Recorder, listen and move on. There are countless threads about the argument and/or discussion about the Gearslutz induced proliferation of thinking about external clock as a "sound processor", rather than a "timing accuracy tool for digital audio"......... It does seem, we all keep saying the same thing in different ways.