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Old 19th May 2006
  #31
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Originally Posted by RainbowStorm

But I'm interested in what converter is the best YOU have HEARD in real life and especially what converter have you noticed can translate keyboard sounds really well?
There are other threads that cover this topic. Check out this one, which includes references to several very good converters:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-end/67170-d-converters-one-sounds-best.html

(but feel free to skip the weird tangents about gas guzzlers and politics. Or not, up to you).

DP
Old 19th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Dave Peck
There are other threads that cover this topic. Check out this one, which includes references to several very good converters:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-end/67170-d-converters-one-sounds-best.html

(but feel free to skip the weird tangents about gas guzzlers and politics. Or not, up to you).

DP
Yeah sorry, I found it a few hours ago and I've read it, a very good thread!

People seem to really like the Lynx Aurora and the Universal Audio 2196...!
Old 19th May 2006
  #33
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... i'm sure Rainbow would not like to hear his Tyros coming back from tape.

oh, i'd bet serious money he most certainly *would* like hearing that. 456 is a synth's bestest friend.


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Old 19th May 2006
  #34
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oh, i'd bet serious money he most certainly *would* like hearing that. 456 is a synth's bestest friend.


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Might be that I would like it, I can't say, if it is clean and natural, then it's for me...
Old 21st May 2006
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Prism is by far the leader of the pack !
Old 21st May 2006
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Is a Prism really going to make a huge difference when recording a Yamaha personal arranger keyboard through it's internal converters, with unbalanced cables and no DI box to match impedances ...

Ah, may as well throw some money at it - this is Gearslutz after all.
Old 3rd September 2006
  #37
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Best A/D I've heard is the Crystal CS5381 ADC. Load it with a very fast transconductance opamp front end and it's very pleasing, not euphonic at all.

Best D/A is the BurrBrown PCM/DSD1792, by far. -129 db THD+noise is very hard to beat. With direct coupled, class A transconductance I/V stages and output filters, it's like digging down to the next level. You really start to hear new things on familiar recordings with this level of conversion.

Everything else is second banana to me. Tracking the A/D into a Alesis HD24XR is very hard to beat, especially with the PCM1792 on the outputs.

Jim Williams
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Jim,
just wondering which protocol you use to track to HD24XR - since it only has ADAT in/out.
Old 3rd September 2006
  #38
At 48k I use a Midiman SAM, for 96k a AI-4 will do.

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Old 3rd September 2006
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Best ones ive heard...

Meitner 1st Generation..of which I own 4. Sound a lot better than the new EMM labs stuff, IMO.

DcS is the 2nd best ive heard.
Old 4th September 2006
  #40
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Pacific Microsonics Model 2. I've not used the Model One but heard good things.

dCs. Can't go wrong.

Meitner, Genex, Prism, DAD, Mytek, Lavry wouldn't hurt.

What surrounds the converters though...
Old 4th September 2006
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... need to do something about this, it's just too frustrating to lose that much beautiful things about the signal...!

It's something about that latency that kills the sound.
What is the converter you are using calibrated at?

What kind of headroom does the di/preamp have / it's maximum output before clipping?
Old 4th September 2006
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Excellent:
Prism
Decca
Apogee
Lavry

Good:
RME
Aurora
Yamaha

Ugly:
Behringer
MOTU
Echo
Old 4th September 2006
  #43
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Decca
Can you expound on those??Never heard of them.
Old 4th September 2006
  #44
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Originally Posted by SnakeCained View Post
Excellent:
Prism
Decca
Apogee
Lavry

Good:
RME
Aurora
Yamaha

Ugly:
Behringer
MOTU
Echo
I use Weiss. They sound pretty clear to me.

Where do you rate them? Or don't hey make the grade for you?

Cheers
Old 8th March 2007
  #45
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Best D/A is the BurrBrown PCM/DSD1792, by far. -129 db THD+noise is very hard to beat. With direct coupled, class A transconductance I/V stages and output filters, it's like digging down to the next level. You really start to hear new things on familiar recordings with this level of conversion.

Jim Williams
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Jim how similar are the PCM1792 vs 1794 ?? is the 74 a simpler version that doesn't require a microcontroller ?? are there sonic differences ?? didgital filter options etc ??
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