Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha-Link MADI AX by fragletrollet
SSL is a well known brand in higher end studio audio products. The Alphalink series of converters bring high-count audio conversion in high quality at a lower price than most contenders.
This review is of the MADI AX version of the converter that comes with ADAT.
You can interface it through MADI (I use a SSL MX4 card, SSL have other MADI cards in the MADIXTREME series) or ADAT, and it has 24 channels of AD/DA conversion.
Samplerate is from 44,1 - 96,000kHz, 24 bit.
The converters front panel routing system is very easy to use, you will have it up and running in no time.
This was my first step into high-end conversion.
The audio quality is top notch. I could hear a definitive sense of clarity compared to the audio interfaces I worked with earlier (M-Audio Delta 1010LT, Focusrite Saffire, EMU 1616, Steinberg MR816, RME Fireface).
There is more transient detail in this converter compared to what I have worked with. The stereospread seemed somewhat wider.
I have not worked extensively with other high-end converters (I have auditioned some briefly), so I cannot compare with other products like Lynx, PT HD or Apogee.
Coupled with my Focal Twins, they give a scaringly realistic picture of what you are working with. Easy to get hung up in details while eq`ing or compessing etc
Only thing I could ask for, is that they would make the separate ADAT (Alphalink AX)/AES (Alphalink SX) versions as expansion cards rather than separate converters, so I wouldnt have to buy another set of converters to interface AES gear with the AX. Oh, and the midi port is of no use as of yet, and doesnt seems like is ever going to be supported by the drivers.
So all in all, I love it.