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Old 28th January 2003
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Another converter thread: Best 2-ch A/D/A for $2k

It's that time again...

Needs:

- 2-ch A/D and D/A conversion of highest quality possible

- Hopefully 96k ready, so I don't need to upgrade in a year

- Just has to sound *great*, not impress anyone with brand

- Used is a-Ok.

Units I've been looking at:

Apogee PSX-100 -probably used
Mytek Stereo96 ADC & DAC
...

How does the Cranesong HEDD stack up to these?

Are there other units I should be checking out?
Old 28th January 2003
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The 2 channel Mytek still has a few months to go before it's out. The 2 channel DAC will be out before the 2 channel ADC too. I predict sometime in the summer for the later. The Crane Song HEDD 192 is a great piece, the Mytek and the Crane Song are on the same very high level of quality, just a little bit different sound. The CS is "harder" sounding in the high frequencies to me, it doesn't make either one any better or worse though and they are both accurate and musical.
Old 28th January 2003
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Re: Another converter thread: Best 2-ch A/D/A for $2k

Quote:
Originally posted by six_wax
It's that time again...

Needs:

- 2-ch A/D and D/A conversion of highest quality possible

- Hopefully 96k ready, so I don't need to upgrade in a year

- Just has to sound *great*, not impress anyone with brand

- Used is a-Ok.

Units I've been looking at:

Apogee PSX-100 -probably used
Mytek Stereo96 ADC & DAC
...

How does the Cranesong HEDD stack up to these?

Are there other units I should be checking out?
The Crane Song is more than $2k.

The best price for new I've seen is $2600-2750(if i remember correctly).

The Apogee i didn't personally like(too small sounding and tubby like).

Mytek stuff is pretty neutral(not as musical as the HEDD). I would not hesitate using it for classical or Jazz though.

The HEDD is the best buy out there right now.
Old 28th January 2003
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hopefully I can snipe one used. Thanks for the reply.

That box has the Troisi converters in it, right?

Any other comments?
Old 29th January 2003
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You really want to wait about 2-3 months before you buy, you'll be glad you did. :eek:
Old 29th January 2003
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mysterious... whyzzat?
Old 29th January 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by six_wax
mysterious... whyzzat?
Because good things come to those who wait and at the moment there are goods things about to happen.
Old 29th January 2003
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Not giving anything up, eh? That's hardly fair.

The good news [!] is that I won't be able to afford any of these for a month or 3 anywho.... grudge
Old 30th January 2003
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Yo Tubelover, are you talkin about the ADC-1???
Old 30th January 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by 1nation
Yo Tubelover, are you talkin about the ADC-1???
Nope.
Old 30th January 2003
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You're killing me here! What if I wait 3 months and miss it because you weren't around to point it out when it comes out. I'm looking at picking up either a Benchmark DAC-1 and ADC-1 or MYTEK duo in about three months. Is there something else that's going to be on another level than these in the same price range or are you just playing with my emotions?

Oh I get it, Tubelovers talkin about Apogee. That's why he doesn't want to tell us anything... He knows that he'll get clowned. We've heard about the Minidac we're not impressed
Old 31st January 2003
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Benchmark vs. Mytek comparisons?

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Old 1st February 2003
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?

Why this?




Oh I get it, Tubelovers talkin about Apogee. That's why he doesn't want to tell us anything... He knows that he'll get clowned. We've heard about the
Minidac we're not impressed


Why wouldn't you listen to it first?
I have many converters (Troisi, Manley. Digi and Apogee) The Trac2 sounds fantastic. Not the least bit tubby. I would imagine the technology would only improve and it's under $1000. Solid advice would be to wait and listen to the Mini DAC. At that price point it deserves a listen.
Old 1st February 2003
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more opinions, less mystery please!
Old 2nd February 2003
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Quote:
Why wouldn't you listen to it first?
Oh I will, I don't have anything against Apogee. I was just trying to get Tubelover to come off with a little info.
Old 2nd February 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by 1nation
a Benchmark DAC-1 and ADC-1
BINGO .... and you won't be sorry .. I'll bet on it
Old 2nd February 2003
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info

The new mini DAC is a pretty potent package.
With a USB port and attenuaters onboard as well as sampling rates up to 192k, it might serve in the Swiss Army Knife brigade. There's a lot more info available at their web site: www.apogeedigital.com.

In the words of Joe Friday "Just the facts, Ma'm"
Old 5th February 2003
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i have an apogee rosetta around which i like well enough. i always thought the stuff i liked better was well above the 2k price point mentioned earlier in the thread. i had the pleasure of using the prism converters and i don't have to tell you how great they are. i suppose the lucid ones are about the same as the apogee or slightly worse.

benchmark is very very nice of course. you shoudl give that a solid look in the under 2k category. probably my first choice if the budget is strictly under 2k. over 2k and you can look at the hedd and the prism and the real fun stuff.
Old 5th February 2003
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The rosetta (as I understand it) is not intended for the high end market. Having used a Prism, I can say that the Trac 2 is easily it's equal and should be considered in any conversation about high end stuff. Apogee makes a wide variety of stuff for a wide spectrum of the market. I don't think their high end stuff should be excluded just because they make inexpensive converters for a different market.
Old 6th February 2003
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What's the poop on the Rosetta? dfegad
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