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Lavry vs Metric Halo - anything better value?
Old 9th June 2014
  #1
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Lavry vs Metric Halo - anything better value?

Hi.

I use a Metric Halo ULN-8 and Lavry DA10. I've had the Lavry for about 7 years and I got the ULN-8 2 years ago and was anticipating selling the DA10 afterwards.

I expected and wanted the ULN-8 to sound as good as the Lavry but it doesn't!

My plan is to keep using the ULN-8 with it's built in pres for non-critical stuff but am looking for 4 channels of AD and 2 channels of DA to feed into the AES inputs of the ULN-8.

I'm considering the Lavry Blue for this - is there any other options I should be looking at??

I really want to get the best quality I can - the DA10 sounds great to my ears and I chose it over the Blue DA last time when I demoed them both. Have things moved on?

Thanks
Old 9th June 2014
  #2
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I have the LIO 8 and was curious if a better sounding DA would improve my monitoring chain. If you don't mind can you explain how you monitor through the DA10 and use the ULN-8 for your inputs? I use the LIO-8 for all my inputs and also use it's monitor output into my amp. I was thinking I could instead send the signal out of one of the AES outputs on the LIO-8 to a better sounding DAC than the LI0-8. It wouldn't change the sound of my recordings since I render them directly from my DAW but it would improve the transparency of what I am hearing through my monitoring system and possibly allow me to do better mixes, at least that is my thought.
Old 9th June 2014
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While I have difficulty in thinking the uln8 is in anyway a compromise if your looking for some additional I/0 I'd be taking a very serious look at the teac PCM 4222 (uh-7000?) - uses the latest pcm4222 and is supposedly sublime. And for $600 for ad and da it'd be worth your audition
Old 9th June 2014
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While I have difficulty in thinking the uln8 is in anyway a compromise if your looking for some additional I/0 I'd be taking a very serious look at the teac PCM 4222 (uh-7000?) - uses the latest pcm4222 and is supposedly sublime. And for $600 for ad and da it'd be worth your audition

I paid 453$ for ourUH7000 and I love it.

I have had music looping thru it, 24/7 for 2 weeks +.
No failures, no crashes, no issues to report.
The quality of Sound is genuinely very very good.
I voided my Warranty right out of the gate and popped open the chassis.
Well built throughout, nothing stood out as sus looking, I did notice 3 questionable manufacturing boo boo's that could have been cleaner.

I wish the VU meter would present output instead of just mic pre input.

The preamps are pretty clean but unused by me.
I prefer this Sound to the Lynx Hilo. Less buggy, less $$$, well designed. Plugged or in, updated firmware and voile'.
Have a go, truly it's a blessing in disguise.
Old 9th June 2014
  #5
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Has anyone compared that to the Lavry AD11?

Having experienced a lot of DA that I don't like (pretty much anything else in comparison to the DA10) I trust that Lavry can get it right, at least the sound that I like.

Comparing AD is less easy and I'm not sure if AD converters are easier to get right than DA converters anyway...? Maybe someone techy can comment on that...

Until I experienced the DA10 I didn't think there was much wrong with other stuff, but I just can't use anything else now, wonder if I need an all Lavry setup here.... only thing that bothers me is the Blue design is 15 years old now...
Old 9th June 2014
  #6
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Well you sound really comfortable with the lavry so you should probably grab that - buyers remorse sucks
Old 10th June 2014
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I recently bought a Ross Martin 8 Channel DAC. It took about 6 weeks to get, the communication was excellent, and I slightly prefer the conversion to my ULN8. They messed up a few things though. They made the unit specifically for my needs, and I got it with a DB25 output instead of XLRs in order to integrate into my patch bay. They put a male and not a female connector on the back. I went back through my notes and realized I hadn't specified gender on the DB25. They never asked, and since all gear comes with the female connector on the back I assumed that's what they would do (assumption is the mother of all ****ups). NBD though, I wired up a female DB25 tail for it anyway. It's a really nice sounding unit, and the price is good.
Old 12th June 2014
  #8
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Thanks for the replies everyone, got some more things to look at now.
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