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A/D/A 2xstereo like Metric Halo ULN ???
Old 13th October 2004
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Question A/D/A 2xstereo like Metric Halo ULN ???

Soooo, I'm in search of a nice "standalone" converter as a complement to my Lexicon Nuverb.

At the moment I'm usin' it in conjunction with my RME Card.
Both digital and analog - AES/EBU when I work in DAW land, analog when I work - well analog!

For further explanation, I've bought a couple weeks ago an A&H board and started to do more and more stuff in analog land.

Now I had the idea to "convert" the Nuverb-Card in it's ol' apple chassis to a self-contained Reverb/FX-Box.

So I did a little research and found those midiman converters "flying cow". 2xstereo - analog I/O - AES I/O - standalone.
Price for used ones (because it's discontinued) aren't that bad.

Just what I would need - I thought!

BUT, then I did a search on GS and somebody mentioned that their sound might be mediocre at best!

Then I did a further research and saw that the Metric Halo ULN fits percetly in the picture - you know at least 2xstereo - Analog I/O - AES I/O.
The sound-quality would sure be good enough for such an application.

But what kinda bothers me is the price!
It would raise the "overall" price of my FX-Box dramatically and then I could have bought a "real" 300 in the first place.

So what could I do?
Are there any similar standalone converters out there that fulfill my specs and are affordable for such an application?

What about the converters of the "original" Lexicon 300?
How good are they in comparison to the "new generation" of converters?
What league would I have to invest to achieve similar quality?

Many questions and maybe someone has a cure.

All you guys out there, who eventually use one - I would really like to hear what solutions you're using.

And all the guys who own original Lex 300's - do you just use it digitally - or analog too?

I'm really curious about this - and especially if you like it better digital or analog?

Any input is welcome !!!!

thx, j.m
Old 13th October 2004
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This might be what you're after:

They sell for 555euro here, dunno if that's the pricerange you were thinking of?
Old 13th October 2004
I was speaking to someone the other day that LOVES his Metric Halo unit...

Good questions...

Old 13th October 2004
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Originally posted by Jules
I was speaking to someone the other day that LOVES his Metric Halo unit...

Me too!!
Old 13th October 2004
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j.m's Avatar

Thanks DrDelta,

good looking.

But I have a question about the connectivity.

They say that the SPDIF I/O's can be used as AES/EBU I/O's?

But my NuVerb Card has XLR's!

How do I connect them?

Old 13th October 2004
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Yeah, dunno how they implement the AES/EBU (balanced). They say it's balanced, but it's an RCA connector?

You can just use an XLR to RCA connector tho (leaving the 3rd pin unconnected) as Spdif is unbalanced AES/EBU. This works without problems. Just keep cables short ;-)

You might wanna inquire RME about it, since they advertise it as having AES/EBU...
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