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Lynx Hilo still a good purchase in 2019?
Old 13th July 2019
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Thanks Peter.

I saw there's a new Antelope Amari, that seems to have similar I/o but there's not much info out there about it, I wonder how it is?
Full disclosure, I have zero direct experience and I'm sure plenty of people will disagree, but I see too many reports of lackluster drivers and support from Antelope. Seen numerous posts over the years about how, "I'll never buy another Antelope product again...", but I've yet to see anything like that about Lynx.

Completely a YMMV thing, but I'm really sold on the Hilo at this point.
Old 13th July 2019
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I am considering replacing my Avocet with Hilo because of the higher number of outputs. My 2.2 speaker configuration would benefit if I run the subs from separate outs and separate dacs (could then use fir filters to perfectly integrate the subs) but my main question is if I can use Hilo main volume control to adjust volume of both main (xlr) and secondary (trs) outs at the same time (linked?)?. Because if not it would be impossible to have proper sub balance when changing volume.Does anyone use it this way? Thanks in advance!
Old 14th July 2019
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Full disclosure, I have zero direct experience and I'm sure plenty of people will disagree, but I see too many reports of lackluster drivers and support from Antelope. Seen numerous posts over the years about how, "I'll never buy another Antelope product again...", but I've yet to see anything like that about Lynx.

Completely a YMMV thing, but I'm really sold on the Hilo at this point.
You're right and I got more info about it, apparently it cannot act as a multi channel interface, so you can't for example use the ads at the same time as the adda.

I looked at a lot of other options, and since I don't have 10K right now the Hilo is pretty much my only option so I ordered a used one.
I'll at least give it a shot and if I don't like it I can sell it without too much loss.
Old 14th July 2019
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I don't think you'll dislike the sound of the HILO. You may outgrow it but from a sonic standpoint, it's up there with the best of them, and has some advanced routing and monitor control features.

When I had a hilo I only used it in standalone mode because I had the Avocet for monitor control and final D/A duties.
Old 14th July 2019
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I am considering replacing my Avocet with Hilo because of the higher number of outputs. My 2.2 speaker configuration would benefit if I run the subs from separate outs and separate dacs (could then use fir filters to perfectly integrate the subs) but my main question is if I can use Hilo main volume control to adjust volume of both main (xlr) and secondary (trs) outs at the same time (linked?)?. Because if not it would be impossible to have proper sub balance when changing volume.Does anyone use it this way? Thanks in advance!

This is the Rotary Encoder Settings...set to master and add the outputs you wish to control.
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Old 14th July 2019
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I don't think you'll dislike the sound of the HILO. You may outgrow it but from a sonic standpoint, it's up there with the best of them, and has some advanced routing and monitor control features.

When I had a hilo I only used it in standalone mode because I had the Avocet for monitor control and final D/A duties.
Yeah I started looking at the Cranesong Solaris, Dangerous convert, Forssell, etc... and even though they all seem great and I'm sure listening through the solaris DAC or other really high end converter must be gratifying none of those options were complete by themselves and became rapidly expensive for my current situation.

Right now my PT rig is for sale so I don't have any way to integrate my HW, I need AES for my bricasti and a good ADDA loop for my SHMC, Bax and other 2 bus processors. I've started to like working ITB more and more but I'd like to give my analog gear another chance before I decide if I keep it or sell it.

So the Hilo will allow me to do that without breaking the bank. Also, I will eventually replace my Amphion speakers, they're great but not what I'm looking for anymore, so the next pair of speakers might have an AES input if it has DSP going on, so if I bought a super expansive DAC now and a set of speakers with AES inputs later, then the DAC would become pretty much wasted.

Anyway, the Hilo seemed like the only option that will allow me to test stuff and upgrade, add to, if I want to eventually with all it's I/Os and routing capabilities.
Old 15th July 2019
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I don't think you'll dislike the sound of the HILO. You may outgrow it but from a sonic standpoint, it's up there with the best of them, and has some advanced routing and monitor control features.
interesting point of view: my converters age fairly well and i'm trying to keep up speed - but 'outgrow' a converter?!
Old 15th July 2019
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Thank you very much , Michael!
Old 15th July 2019
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interesting point of view: my converters age fairly well and i'm trying to keep up speed - but 'outgrow' a converter?!
I meant in terms of ins and outs.

My setup has evolved into a place where using just a HILO would be a limitation. In fact even when I had one, it was in standalone mode.

For example, my setup allows for 2 different DA and AD converters to be working simultaneously, and I can choose which one feeds the gear and which one captures the gear.

Then on my monitor controller I have a special digital out from my DAW that has the full unmastered (no plugins, no analog gear) that I can toggle between for real-time comparison.

Then I also have some AES meter loops to meter both pre and post analog chain on some Dorroughs, and software.

That's what I mean by outgrowing.
Old 15th July 2019
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I meant in terms of ins and outs.

My setup has evolved into a place where using just a HILO would be a limitation. In fact even when I had one, it was in standalone mode.

For example, my setup allows for 2 different DA and AD converters to be working simultaneously, and I can choose which one feeds the gear and which one captures the gear.

Then on my monitor controller I have a special digital out from my DAW that has the full unmastered (no plugins, no analog gear) that I can toggle between for real-time comparison.

Then I also have some AES meter loops to meter both pre and post analog chain on some Dorroughs, and software.

That's what I mean by outgrowing.
i see... - no risk here: rme madiface xt plus converters of choice :-)
Old 15th July 2019
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i see... - no risk here: rme madiface xt here plus converters of choice :-)
Yes. I have the RME AES card which is very stable and flexible. No limitations or issues.
Old 3 weeks ago
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A couple days ago I had a rep at Vintage King recommend the new Apollo X6 or X8 over the mastering specific options for an under $3k purchase. I've not heard the Hilo yet but the descriptions I keep hearing about it tell me it's exactly what I want as the centerpiece for my mixing/mastering setup. However, the thought that a do-it-all interface like the new Apollo X6 and it's upgraded conversion is comparable to the Hilo (and the others), makes for an interesting option.

Anyone heard both and willing to weigh in?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Thank you, have you tried other quality amps in the past as well?
I have a Weiss DAC202 to compare and I like the Hilo just as well. The Weiss is top notch and twice as expensive as the Hilo so that is a compliment to the Hilo to match the Weiss excellence in headphone amp but also is analog output.

My monitor system is neutral and very transparent and I have found that the Hilo is very nice with sound, being neutral itself, but very musical without excess in any regions.

Another thing to note, some people in the thread and elsewhere comment on the "sound" of the Hilo as + or -.
Seems like a "Mastering" processor of any kind should not color or add it's own "sound" to your music, i.e. it should
be neutral, but should improve the "fidelity" of the sound that goes through it, rather than adding colorations. The
Hilo is neutral and high fidelity.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I have a Weiss DAC202 to compare and I like the Hilo just as well. The Weiss is top notch and twice as expensive as the Hilo so that is a compliment to the Hilo to match the Weiss excellence in headphone amp but also is analog output.

My monitor system is neutral and very transparent and I have found that the Hilo is very nice with sound, being neutral itself, but very musical without excess in any regions.

Another thing to note, some people in the thread and elsewhere comment on the "sound" of the Hilo as + or -.
Seems like a "Mastering" processor of any kind should not color or add it's own "sound" to your music, i.e. it should
be neutral, but should improve the "fidelity" of the sound that goes through it, rather than adding colorations. The
Hilo is neutral and high fidelity.
Thanks for the feedback.
I ordered a used Hilo for a pretty good price and got it sent to Lynx for a little check up (the seller said the knob wasn’t responding well hence the low price), lynx repaired it and I’m now waiting for it to arrive, I should receive it next Monday.

I’ll be doing some test then but I’m pretty confident that I’ll be happy with it.
Old 3 weeks ago
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A couple days ago I had a rep at Vintage King recommend the new Apollo X6 or X8 over the mastering specific options for an under $3k purchase. I've not heard the Hilo yet but the descriptions I keep hearing about it tell me it's exactly what I want as the centerpiece for my mixing/mastering setup. However, the thought that a do-it-all interface like the new Apollo X6 and it's upgraded conversion is comparable to the Hilo (and the others), makes for an interesting option.

Anyone heard both and willing to weigh in?
I haven't heard the newer Apollo's, but as someone with the prior generation I wouldn't. Let me qualify that... I wouldn't as a mastering specific center piece. I've done a lot of (amateur) mastering with my Apollo and nobody has ever asked me about my converters. That said, I see the Hilo as a pretty good overall upgrade in terms of AD, DA (incl. monitor outputs) and headphone amp as well. Not saying it isn't possible, but I'd be pretty surprised if the newer Apollos met that let alone exceeded it. I still see the Hilo as very relevant.

I plan to ditch my Apollo setup for an RME + Hilo one. RME will be for the small amount of multi-tracking/recording I do and I'll use the Hilo as a front end and loop for the mastering work eventually feeding it to the RME over AES. I plan to get the Hilo first though, then add the RME later on. I'll keep my Apollo for a 2nd portable setup and add a satellite or PCIe card to the main system for the plugins that I do still use.

Just one guys internet opinion.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I have the Hilo since came out had to say in terms of firmware updates and tech support A+++

I like the transparency fit well with my tube hardware ad some nice texture to the music I used for some time as my main
with my Hedd to I did the D/A quantum update and I got the solaris and the world change but I capture sometimes with the Pure2 A/D, not the D/A side

Depends the material the Hilo settle well with folk stuff and the Pure 2 for comercial stuff, I will shrink the amount of gear, but I will keep the Hilo and the solaris you can't bit how many features has the hilo and just with one more D/A you cover
Old 3 weeks ago
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I have been researching a new converter and the Hilo was my 1st choice. I was directed to look at Merging Technologies Anubis and the specs are fantastic. However to use DSD requires software and there software Pyramix Native Pro is way to expensive.
My question is does the Hilo include basic DSD software? How does one play DSD files anyhow?
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