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Richard,

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.

Cheers,

Dan
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Dan Roth
Audio Technician
Walter J Brown Media Archives and
Peabody Awards Collection
University of Georgia
Main Library
Athens, GA

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Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:58 PM
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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
sources.

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.

Cheers,

Richard

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
>

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