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USB to AES/EBU converter for less than a hundred quid ? Audio Interfaces
Old 1 week ago
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USB to AES/EBU converter for less than a hundred quid ?

Anyone know if there's a really cheap USB to AES/EBU converter for less than a hundred quid ?
Yes ive seen the other threads which ask for cheap solutions and the prices were huge - like 700 quid - it s a digital to digital signal so it shouldnt be too hard... I might pay a little bit more if it came as part of a usb interface
Just want to be able to plug my Genelecs into my laptop digitally occasionally
Old 1 week ago
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Actually couldn't i just use the spdif out of an mbox or similar into something like this :

SPDIF and TOS to AES3 converter

?
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yes.
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There have been a few threads about this here on GS. One answer is the Hosa ODL-312 to connect optical SPDIF to AES3. The challenge is that they're probably not manufactured any longer.

Also, in addition to your Mbox option, lots of MacBook Pro laptops (you didn't specify your laptop) have optical SPDIF embedded in the headphone jack. A long-tip Toslink cable connects in there.

HTH
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Yes, it's true, that professional USB interfaces with true AES/EBU I/Os are expensive. Like from Yellowtec, Mutec, Digigram.. not to mention some audiophile USB interfaces with balanced digital XLR out.

However in most cases, it's possible to feed devices with SPDIF for lot less of money. When receiver devices are sensitive enough to work with lower voltage from SPDIF source. I've used it many times, however not exactly with digital inputs at Genelecs.
I used either passive transformers with 1:1.22 ratio by Neutrik
NADITBNC-MX | Neutrik
or NADITBNC-M | Neutrik (depending on cabling). Those are primarily aimed to AES3id to AES3 conversion, but worked also for SPDIF sources (with half output voltage).

Or when you would like to use real active converter, which has amplifier for proper AES3 levels, then this Hosa might work for you.
https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CDL-313-.../dp/B000068OGS
This is probably similar to the conversion box, you've linked (I've never used anything from that vendor)

Still in sum with some coax SPDIF audio interface, it might be way bellow price of initially mentioned options.
I have good experience with M2Tech HiFace Two.. This is XMOS based USB class compliant interface. On OS-X it's using its built-in drivers, on Windows, they supply standard Thesycon USB drivers (up to 192k with ASIO support for DAWs)
https://www.amazon.com/HiFace-Hi-End.../dp/B007VD3U10

Also the MBOX, would be of course fine for that.

If your notebook has already optical SPDIF source and it's sufficient for you (with regards to drivers, performance).. then you could get optical to AES Hosa, which was mentioned by MediaGary.. I used it once in some installation, it's working well.
Hosa ODL312 | Sweetwater
Some notebooks has its optical digital audio output "hidden" in headphone jack (that applied to some older MacBooks.. up to 2016) on what's called mini-toslink.
https://babcuvpisecek.com/htpc/do-i-...tibility-list/
For that you'll need appropriate adapter cable.. like this
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...dp/B00JLTUOLG/

Also with regards to Genelecs and volume control, do you already have their GML interface with remote knob? To me, it's bit risky to directly feed such monitors without any volume.. of course, there's software output volume control in Windows or OS X, but chance to send some full blasting "notification ding" to your speakers is pretty high..

Michal
Old 4 days ago
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Originally Posted by msmucr View Post
Yes, it's true, that professional USB interfaces with true AES/EBU I/Os are expensive. Like from Yellowtec, Mutec, Digigram.. not to mention some audiophile USB interfaces with balanced digital XLR out.

However in most cases, it's possible to feed devices with SPDIF for lot less of money. When receiver devices are sensitive enough to work with lower voltage from SPDIF source. I've used it many times, however not exactly with digital inputs at Genelecs.
I used either passive transformers with 1:1.22 ratio by Neutrik
NADITBNC-MX | Neutrik
or NADITBNC-M | Neutrik (depending on cabling). Those are primarily aimed to AES3id to AES3 conversion, but worked also for SPDIF sources (with half output voltage).

Or when you would like to use real active converter, which has amplifier for proper AES3 levels, then this Hosa might work for you.
https://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CDL-313-.../dp/B000068OGS
This is probably similar to the conversion box, you've linked (I've never used anything from that vendor)

Still in sum with some coax SPDIF audio interface, it might be way bellow price of initially mentioned options.
I have good experience with M2Tech HiFace Two.. This is XMOS based USB class compliant interface. On OS-X it's using its built-in drivers, on Windows, they supply standard Thesycon USB drivers (up to 192k with ASIO support for DAWs)
https://www.amazon.com/HiFace-Hi-End.../dp/B007VD3U10

Also the MBOX, would be of course fine for that.

If your notebook has already optical SPDIF source and it's sufficient for you (with regards to drivers, performance).. then you could get optical to AES Hosa, which was mentioned by MediaGary.. I used it once in some installation, it's working well.
Hosa ODL312 | Sweetwater
Some notebooks has its optical digital audio output "hidden" in headphone jack (that applied to some older MacBooks.. up to 2016) on what's called mini-toslink.
https://babcuvpisecek.com/htpc/do-i-...tibility-list/
For that you'll need appropriate adapter cable.. like this
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...dp/B00JLTUOLG/

Also with regards to Genelecs and volume control, do you already have their GML interface with remote knob? To me, it's bit risky to directly feed such monitors without any volume.. of course, there's software output volume control in Windows or OS X, but chance to send some full blasting "notification ding" to your speakers is pretty high..

Michal
Hi Michael
thanks for the info on different conversion
Old 4 days ago
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Hi,

Quote:
Gene let’s volume can be controlled digitally with a mouse. Notification dings are not an issue ...
So you already have GML box on network, that's fine.

Good luck with the setup.

Michal

Last edited by msmucr; 4 days ago at 01:23 AM.. Reason: deleted the answer to past question :)
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