Lavry Engineering AD-11 by ghandi
Looking for the Ultimate in a transparent, stereo signal chain for my Acoustic Guitar. Did reviews for several months with Mics/Converters/Pres. I had up to $5,000 to spend and wanted the best possible front end.
I'm from an Acoustic Guitar culture and truly like the raw natural tones without shaping anything. I wanted Mic placement, room and instrument to determine the sound NOT color from Mic, Pre, or A/D Converter.
I decided on a Stereo pair of Miktek C5's pencil mics and the Lavry AD11 Stereo Pre/AD converter as the front end. I picked up a used Lavry DA10 for monitoring. This was connected with an AES cable with the Lavry Blacks, monitoring with Beyerdynamic DT880 H. Phones out of the DA10.
I did my homework, and although I would like to keep this a secret, I will share my findings.
The answer is simply amazing! I have a Stereo signal chain of pure Truth. The C5's magnify musically the best parts of my instrument and the Lavry AD11's Pres/Converters deliver ALL of the emphasis. I'm grinning from ear to ear and have been for a month. Hard to believe the AD11 is such a Super unknown, it's better than great. Stereo Pre's/Converters for under $1700, of this quality, is just fantastic, brilliant!
The AD11 takes about 5 minutes with the manual and video to figure out. Makes sense, only if you go in blindly will there be difficulty. There is 65db of gain, the clocking is very stable, using as a master clock with no problems. Navigating is very cool once you get use to it, all done with toggles. Tape Saturation is a nice effect to add a little color to the signal, good for voice and electric instruments. It does have USB to act as an A/D interface, havn't tried this yet. Very quiet pre's, stand next to converters and hold their own. Thought I would need better pre's, not so. It's built like something that will last for 50 years, really like the look, purchased the rack mount kit, although the Da10 is older, it still looks good beside the AD11. If you consider the cost of just Pre's with the added cost of these pristine converters your way over $1700. Good value and build, too the point with no gimmicks. I also like the fact I can use the two Lavry blacks together as a stereo preamp. The output of the Da10 into another line pre/converter gives some very interesting results. The AD11 pre's really hold their own.
I see lots of folks looking for this type of trasparent signal chain for acoustic instruments, yet don't know where to start. The AD11 is a 1 2 Punch Pre/Converter that is true and musical. The images take well to Reverb, and rarely eq needed. C5 Microphones are very transparent also, the combination of the two just magnifies the effect. Mic placement is soo dramatic, every inch of the guitar spells out a different tone, as the mics, pre's and converters replicate the source truthfully. Really clear and transparent signal chain, never thought my Acoustic Guitar could sound this good.
I really never heard of the Lavry Ad11 up until a few months ago. Made in the Washington state, Lavry answers their phones and emails. A smaller company with attention to detail. Really pleased to own this and if lost would be replaced. A real gem.