Originally Posted by robertshaw
Are there two A/D converter manufacturers named Prism?
No but there are plenty Prism (and other big name gear) sycophants that just don't get it.
I love my converters. I think they are awesome. I use them as much as practical. I think that the differences between great and run-of-the-mill are definitely there. But the perspective of the opinion giver has to be evaluated.
What really make things sound good or bad? It's not the converters, not these days. Designers know how to do a basic converter that doesn't destroy what you record to a point that you'll hate it no matter how good everything else is. If you don't think so then it's because you don't want to think so.
The distance between a great sounding converter and an okay one is like the difference between a 100K house in a working class neighborhood and a 1mil house in an upscale suburb. Yeah in the upscale neighborhood with the 1million dollar houses the yards are nicer, the cars are nicer, the houses are bigger and newer and have more luxurious stuff. But the 100k house is still a house by comparison and a pretty decent one. You guys describe things like the difference is between a mansion in the hills compared to a slum in Mumbai.
I've used both. When you know how to record and it's not a matter of you worshiping at the alter of the ever just out of reach "high end" then you realize that hey, this ordinary stuff can actually work well. The most important stuff happens before the converters.