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Bloodstar57 30th June 2020 09:00 PM

New DAC/ADC multi channel Burl or Aurora (N)
 
First post in a few years; here we go.

My Mix setup:
HDX
HD sync
HD Omni
SSL X-desk
DBX 160sl
2x AML EZP

Master Chain:
HCL Thermos
IGS Tube core
software

As a reference point: I have worked with the Lavry Gold but it is outside the budget of 5k.

Options:
1. 2x Burl B2 DAC and ADC: This would allow for stereo printing on the mix and mastering.
2. Burl B16 MS with the 8 channel card BDA and the BAD4M, which allow for conversion from the DAW to the X-desk and the mix and master printing. However, there is no option to disengage the transformers.

3. Aurora (N) 8: If I go this route I could use the Lynx for the output from the DAW and all mix and master printing and save some cash.

unfortunately I cannot demo either at the same time.

My question:
Which of the above is the better, quality, sonic option?

(Will there be a difference from the Omni DA to the Burl BDA or Aurora?

If moving away from the Omni DA is a better route, which would be better as far quality i concerned; Aurora (n) or Burl)

mnawara 1st July 2020 11:35 AM

i havent used the Aurora.. I have the Burl B2 ADC and i really love it.. it could be transparent and could add a very nice analog color

bkb911T 1st July 2020 02:09 PM

Option 2 all the way. Burl makes amazing stuff. I’m pretty sure the transformer is switchable on the M cards.

Bloodstar57 1st July 2020 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnawara (Post 14832314)
i havent used the Aurora.. I have the Burl B2 ADC and i really love it.. it could be transparent and could add a very nice analog color

Does the B2 have a transfromer switch?


Quote:

Originally Posted by bkb911T (Post 14832521)
Option 2 all the way. Burl makes amazing stuff. I’m pretty sure the transformer is switchable on the M cards.

I understand but the 8 channel card cannot switch off the Xformers. the M version can but that is only 4 channels which is not enough for mix down.


Doing some more research on the Aurora n i see they are touted for their transparency .

mnawara 2nd July 2020 02:08 PM

[QUOTE=Bloodstar57;14832861]Does the B2 have a transfromer switch?


no but can control the amount of the transformer color printed on the mix with the input level