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Add an external DA converter to the Trinnov unit
Old 30th October 2012
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Add an external DA converter to the Trinnov unit

Hi everyone,

I am not a specialist in the matter... That's why I need you for advise.
I currently have the following configuration:

Source (digital) --> Trinnov MC (DA conversion) --> speakers

I'm really happy with the Trinnov Optimizer unit which is awesome, really !!
But I want to improve my system (Holy Grail) ...

One possibility would be to add an external DA converter after the Trinnov:

Source (digital) --> Trinnov MC --> DA converter --> speakers

Do you think this solution could significantly improve my system ?
AD / DA conversion made by Trinnov is very good quality.

Regarding the possible candidates, I noted the following gear (need a 8 ch DAC):

- Lucid 88192
- Lynx Aurora 8
- Mytek Digital 8x192
- Prism ADA-8XR

Do you have any experience with one or several of them ?
Looks like the Forssell unit is well recommended (incredible value for money).
But I've heard by someone that the Forssell DAC is less qualitative than its ADC.

Another way for improving quality would be to add a master clock (antelope trinity) on the Trinnov unit.
I was surprised to hear that because I've no gear to be synchronize (just the Trinnov having an i/o word clock).
But several guys who have tested the combo (Trinnov + master clock) are unanimous : better soundstage, more open, much more details.

Do you have any explanation ?

Thank you very much for your feedback.

Old 23rd June 2017
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Hello !

How did your search go ?

I plan to buy a trinov also.

At the studio I was working befor we had ATCS + trinov + Forssell AD DA clocked by antelope unit + Dangerous controler . I was ... mindblowing

I am curious to know the quality of just the Trinov DA...

Tx a lot
Old 12th August 2017
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This is an older thread - but I'm not sure what you would gain by performing any D-A conversion after the Trinnov MC. The maximum sampling rate of the Trinnov units (as far as they claim) is 96kHz/24-bit in or out. So, by D-A conversion after the Trinnov you may only be taking advantage of any potential "better" D-A conversion that any of these conversion units get. I am only personally familiar with the newer RME units (192DD) but there's not much comparison info on D-A conversion between the Trinnov and any other units out there.

I would tend to believe that you would be able to better take advantage of the D-A process before the Trinnov unit. Where, you're routing pre-converted (up to 192kHz) analog signal into the analog inputs of the Trinnov. There are a host of tasty D-A converters out there I'm sure you're aware of; Dangerous, Burl, others. That said, if you're actually using all 8 outputs of the Trinnov MC unit, you may be mixing or mastering 5.1 or 7.1 content, which some of those D-A converters may not work well using before the Trinnov MC.

Since it's been a while - have you pulled the trigger on anything gear wise? If so, I'm curious how it worked out.

I'm converting pre-Trinnov where my analog feed is coming from a summing mixer and I'm very pleased with the results.
Old 14th August 2017
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Originally Posted by JD502 View Post
So, by D-A conversion after the Trinnov you may only be taking advantage of any potential "better" D-A conversion ...
I know 2 studios with exactly this solution. There are better converters than the built in DAC of the Trinnov.
Old 1 week ago
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Hello Guys,

I just bought a Trinnov so I will tell you in the next days how the converters sound. I think they are really really top notch and very transparent sounding ( in the league of prism, weiss, etc.)
I will also get a dangerous controller. And if my buget allows me I will also go for a dangerous convert 2.

Bye !
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