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Old 8th April 2005, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default BEHRINGER SRC 2496 opinions kindly requested.

Dear Friends,


I would like to ask if anyone here has any experience of the Behringer SRC 2496 unit.
I am especially interested in opinions regarding the DAC part of the unit (quality of analog outs).

Thank you all.

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Old 8th April 2005, 04:55 PM   #2
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Ciao Beppe!

Take a look here: http://www.videohifi.com/forum/topic...TOPIC_ID=14047

I'm also interested in buying the Ultramatch, and use a cheap mechanics with it. I'm so tight in budget...
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Old 8th April 2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have the src in my chain for almost one year now. I run all digital and also the analog from the preampout to it. The preamp is now only used for tuner and turntable input.

I cannot find any disadvantage soundwise by incorporating that unit.
Contrary, to feed a digital signal direct to thye src instead of passing it through cdp's own dac and then from the preamp to the src/ or the deq sounds better to me - better presentation of the upper range, more clarity.

I had decided to go all digital as I also incorporate in my chain a deq and a dcx 2496.
Now I feed all signals with max. level to the src, and the volume control happens after output of the split signal from the dcx.

As I said - I cannot find any disadvantages. The advantages are that within my chain I can run various digital signals direct to the unit, have them upsampled, use it as as a/d converter for my analog sources, have a headphone preamp included and all at a very reasonable price.
It also allows conversion of other digital formats - digital radio/dat to be fed directly to it bypassing the internal dacs of those units.

I see no reason to pay more for a similar unit by another company at a higher price.
The only thing I miss is the lack of control through a usb/ midi or parallel port connection from my laptop - which is possible for the deq and dcx. But - for the 145 can. dollar I paid for a new uit, that would have been asking too much.
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Old 8th April 2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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Does someone have the schematic of the src 2496? I would like to add resistors or fet to make the opamps working in class A but before doing any modifications on the seven opamps (3 for the output D/A, 3 for input A/D and one for the headphone output) I need to know how the are working.
I have also look the datasheet of the akm converter but I am not sure that src 2496 is using the same configuration showed in the application notes.
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Old 10th April 2005, 07:12 PM   #5
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Dear Friends (e amici italiani),

Thank you very much indeed for the kind replies full of valuable information.
Well, I have bought it but I have two problems now:
1) the analog outputs are balanced (and I have unbalanced equipment);
2) the lid vibrates audibly.
I would like to try NEUTRIK xlr-rca adapters (any user here?).
Then I don't know if it would be better to try to isolate the small transformer (the origin of vibrations) with a little rubber pad under it or to stick some lead sheets to the lid.

As always any opinion would be very much appreciated and welcome.

Anyway I have been pleased to read positive comments on the italian site.

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Old 10th April 2005, 07:28 PM   #6
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Ciao! First of all that balanced problem isn't a problem. The people who bought it says that in the manual there's detailed info to make an adaptor... In a xlr you have 3 pins: a screen, a + and a -. Just connect the RCA's ground to the screen, the + to the signal, and tie to ground the - pin. Read on that italian forum: there's detailed info even there for converting the outputs.

About the tranny vibrating, put some blue tack to isolate it from the chassis. On that italian forum that I've mentioned before there's also info about this.
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Old 10th April 2005, 09:29 PM   #7
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XLR to rca conversion is adressed in the manual - page 13 in the english edition.
That the housing vibrates is rather unusual, is it the transformer? or does the housing vibrate when excited through the speakers? In the latter case - sampening pads help. Maybe through the transport some fasteners got loose?
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Old 10th April 2005, 10:35 PM   #8
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Ciao! First of all that balanced problem isn't a problem. The people who bought it says that in the manual there's detailed info to make an adaptor... In a xlr you have 3 pins: a screen, a + and a -. Just connect the RCA's ground to the screen, the + to the signal, and tie to ground the - pin. Read on that italian forum: there's detailed info even there for converting the outputs.
There has been several discussions on whether to ground the - pin of the XLR. I chose not to for my application, thus gaining 6 db S/N. Your application may be different.

Do research this on several Behringer threads and come to your own conclusion. For Pro applications, the manual is correct

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Old 11th April 2005, 07:40 AM   #9
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Here you can find the adapter ( and also where to buy addresses)http://diehard.proelgroup.com/diehar...11099577048230 I have built the cable following the instruction of the manual.
My src2496 don't have any problem with transformer vibrations is silent at all also if I have read of some other users having the same problem. I am impressed of the sound and the soundstage that the src2496 is able to make compared to may old CDP a Philips CD880 it takes away the harshness and the sound is more pleasant and relaxed.
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Old 11th April 2005, 08:32 AM   #10
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Dear Giaime,

Thank you very much for the extremely helpful link.


Dear audio-kraut,
[B]XLR to rca conversion is adressed in the manual - page 13 in the english edition.

I read it but I am tempting by those wonderful NEUTRIK adapters and moreover I am not that good at DIY.

That the housing vibrates is rather unusual, is it the transformer? or does the housing vibrate when excited through the speakers?

It vibrates also without sound from the speakers.

Dear DougL,

There has been several discussions on whether to ground the - pin of the XLR. I chose not to for my application, thus gaining 6 db S/N. Your application may be different.
Do research this on several Behringer threads and come to your own conclusion. For Pro applications, the manual is correct

This is most interesting. I will try this way.
Thank you very much for the hint.

Dear redpepper,

[B]Here you can find the adapter ( and also where to buy addresses)[url]http://diehard.proelgroup.com/diehard/it/product.jsp?id_prod=11099577048230

Thank you very much for the information.

I am impressed of the sound and the soundstage that the src2496 is able to make compared to may old CDP a Philips CD880 it takes away the harshness and the sound is more pleasant and relaxed.

Ah, these are the words that I wanted to hear!
I am striving for getting some image depth from my CDs and a more relaxed and involving sound (someone defines it analoglike).

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you all heartily.

Kind regards,

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