I used to have a Benchmark Media AD2402-96 that was incredibly
transparent. It does a polarity inversion, but the sound was great
(Wood Effect, aside). You can flip the phase in the console feeding
it, or in the DAW, after capture. I don't know about their ADC-1,
but it's probably that good. John Siao is a genius engineer.
I am thrilled with the sound of the Lavry AD122-MKIII and would also
probably give a high mark for the ne-plus-ultra Prism Dream ADC or
Weiss (or out of manufacture but Holy Grail-like Pacific
Microsonics). However, these three (before the parenthesis) would be
about 5-10x the cost of a comparably performing Benchmark unit. The
higher priced units would offer only a marginal improvement in
sound. However, that margin is where the surf meets the turf, so to
speak, when it comes to High Fidelity.
On Aug 24, 2011, at 4:38 PM, Toby Seay wrote:
> I use the same ATR102 playback machine. I use Apogee AD16X
> converters and
> am thrilled by their performance. I do a lot of multitrack, so I
> converters with lots of inputs, so the AD16X may be a bit of overkill.
> However, I do prefer them to the Rosetta converters. Since both are
> out of production, I would try and find a way to listen to the
> Ensemble to
> make sure its a sonic upgrade.
> Toby Seay
> Assistant Professor - Music Industry Program
> Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
> Drexel University Audio Archives
> Macalister 3016 - 215-895-5880
> On 8/24/11 4:09 PM, "Daniel Roth" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Thank you for your recommendation. I will be using one of Mike
>> re-manufactured Ampex ATR102 tape reproducers for 1/4" playback,
>> and an
>> Esoteric Systems Rek-O-Cut Rondine 3 turntable through a KAB
>> Souvenir EQS
>> MK12 Chronologic EQ/Preamp for capturing records. Given these
>> analog sources, I wanted to provide the best possible conversion.
>> Dan Roth
>> Audio Technician
>> Walter J Brown Media Archives and
>> Peabody Awards Collection
>> University of Georgia
>> Main Library
>> Athens, GA
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Richard L. Hess
>> [[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:58 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] AD/DA converter recommendations
>> Hello, Dan,
>> It all really depends on what you are digitizing. While we used to be
>> able to obtain substantial improvements with upgrading converters,
>> upgrades today really are most noticeable with the highest quality
>> Unless you are using one of a handful of high-end tape decks for
>> reproduction, you might see more of an upgrade by spending the
>> money on
>> the analog portion of your chain rather than the digital portion.
>> I was pleased by the increase in sonic quality with my new RME
>> UFX, but it was subtle. The Apogee products have a good
>> reputation, but
>> I have not first-hand experience with them.
>> On 2011-08-24 3:25 PM, Daniel Roth wrote:
>>> Please give me your opinion on the best AD/DA converter for
>>> purposes of
>>> archival audio. Currently using an Apogee Rosetta 200 and
>>> the Apogee Ensemble as an upgrade.
>>> What are YOUR thoughts?
>>> Thank you for your insights,
>>> Dan Roth
>>> Audio Technician
>>> Walter J Brown Media Archives and
>>> Peabody Awards Collection
>>> University of Georgia
>>> Main Library
>>> Athens, GA
>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
>> Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
>> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.