I'm used to converting my 2buss (02R96) via the D/A ADA-8, use analog compression and eq and A/D it back to the ADA-8.
I've got the PT card for my prism ADA-8 which means that I can't do that anymore and I need a D/A to convert my signal befor recording it back (I can still use the ADA-8 A/D) .
The cheapest Prism D/A is £3k... Its too much and I thought of getting another D/A.
I have two questions:
Which D/A would stand against the Prism and give me the conversion sound Im used too?
Should I return the Prism PT card and get a digidesign 192 interface and use the ADA-8 as my 2-buss converter ?
I own the ADA-8 and use the D-A for surround projects etc. For stereo I use the Benchmark DAC-1. It has a bit more resolution (depth / width of soundstage) and is a bit smoother sounding than the Prism (more like the ADA-8 A-Ds IMHO). Because it upsamples and sounds great I think it would be be an excellent D-A to feed your analog chain. I find that Benchmark D-A to Prism A-D often sounds considerably better than using still very good Merging Pyramix software when sample-rate converting down. The price can't be beat.
The Lavry looks interesting.
Im not familiar with the benchmark but I'll get them both to test out .
Apogee colours the sound a little too much but I havn't tried the new range so maybe thats an option.
What about the Mytek?