I am looking for a converter to go from AES/EBU to SPDIF and vice versa. Specifically this is for a friend who wants to integrate a Kurzweil Mangler (SPDIF) to a MOTU 896 (AES/EBU) digitally, so only 1 (stereo) connection each way is needed, preferably on the cheap. I am aware of the maudio CO3, just wondered if there was anything else people are using. Thanks for any help.
Actually, there is a resistance variance between AES & SPDIF. Hosa makes patchcords that compensate for this. You could just use any old xlr to rca patchcord, but resistance differences could (I repeat could, not will) introduce some subtle distortions into the signal path.
I have a similar problem & this is what I have found through research.
Thanks for the input everyone. I also found that Hosa makes a little powered 2 way conversion box (CDL-313) for AES to SPDIF for about $75. I like the Canares, but they would require another adaptor or special cable to get from BNC to RCA.
Any other ideas welcome.
The KSP8 S/PDIF - AES output does not need any external impedance transformer to operate according to the AES and S/PDIF specifications. The output impedance is switched internally in the KSP8 when the output format is changed from AES to S/PDIF. So all that is required to run S/PDIF is to set the KSP8 output accordingly in the MASTER menu, and an XLR to RCA adapter cable.
But be careful! I blew up my EMAGIC AMT8 card's S/PDIF input because I had the KSP8 connected using the proper adapter cable, but the KSP8 was set to AES out. (as well as the impedance difference, AES also has higher levels).