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Old 12th November 2002, 08:49 AM   #1
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Can anyone point me to a an extremely good audiophile analogue to digital converter (24/196) in kit or evaluation board form (or built if you think its tops). My goal is to convert vinyl and preserve its delicacy. I have a Tact 24/196 ADC and find it just ins't up to this sort to of thing. When later reconverted the sound is noticably hardened and uninviting.

DCS seem to being some nice stuff ....but I don't need another mortgage,

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Old 12th November 2002, 12:31 PM   #2
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Hi,

Up to a few years ago I used the Sony SBM1 combined with a TCD-D3 portable Dat recorder for this purpose. It did do the job pretty well:

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If you search the web they are still available. At the moment I am using the audio products from M-Audio. At the moment I am using the USB Duo, it can be used as a stand-alone converter with SP/DIF out as well. It looks cheap (and it is relative) but to me it does make musical recordings at 96 kHz and also at 44.1 kHz.
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They use CS5397 as ADC chip and AKM as DAC chip.

The price is around 2000 USD.
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Have you checked Apogee?
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http://www.msbtech.com/

MSB makes also Crystal based ADC's to a much lower price.
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OK,

What if price was no object. Which (by manufacturer) ADC (24/192) is considered the best?
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Old 15th November 2002, 07:35 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Brian Guralnick OK, What if price was no object. Which (by manufacturer) ADC (24/192) is considered the best?
I think Apogee is rather good and rather expensive...
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Old 23rd November 2002, 07:35 PM   #8
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Lightbulb Look at these possibilities

I'm by no means even a beginner in regards to DACs, but consider the following options:

Benchmark Audio DAC1
http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/digital/dac1/default.asp
- Technical performance looks excellent, especially jitter immunity. Moderately priced for Pro audio gear, IMHO.

Audio Aero Capitole
http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/a...itole24192.htm
http://www.iar-80.com/page24.html
- The latest audiophile craze. Supposedly a very good DAC, but also VERY expensive

DcS Elgar Plus
http://www.dcsltd.co.uk/elgar.htm
http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?259:7
- From the highly esteemed British experts in Digital to Analog conversion. Used as a reference by many. 192 kHz and DSD DAC as well.

EMM Labs DAC-8
http://www.emmlabs.com/prod02.htm
- A DAC from a highly regarded studio pros. Many DSD places use this as the reference DAC

With the exception of the first, all of the above DACs are VERY expensive ($6000 - $11 000+ USD).

Those are the mostly highly regarded (subjectively or by measurements) DACs in the existence today that I personally know of.

I cannot vouch for their performance personally nor do I necessarily support the manufacturers (or reviewers) claims.

I hope that was of some help.

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Old 24th November 2002, 12:42 AM   #9
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thanks to all for their suggestions. Actually Halcyon, it was ADC's I was after - but your advice has directed me anyway - thanks again

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Old 24th November 2002, 08:29 AM   #10
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ADC, ahem... err... maybe I should learn to read first

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