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 needed
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 going
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 Spitz's
>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 excellent
>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
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>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, most
>upgrades today really are most noticeable with the highest quality music
>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 Fireface
>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:
>> Greetings,
>> Please give me your opinion on the best AD/DA converter for purposes of
>>archival audio. Currently using an Apogee Rosetta 200 and considering
>>the Apogee Ensemble as an upgrade.
>> What are YOUR thoughts?
>> Thank you for your insights,
>> Dan
>> ------
>> 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.