UK based Pro Audio reseller MediaPros recently conducted a shootout of 4 high end AD/DA units. The units tested were: AVID HD IO; Digidesign 192; Apogee Symphony IO; Prism ADA 8XR. An online video of the event will be available on the MediaPros web site soon. Check out the story at the Sound On Sound website
The Results? Insignificant, and less of a difference than expected by those in attendance. All sounded so similar it took a while to discern a difference at all. It doesn’t matter which converter you get once you’re at that level of quality. Why obsess about which über expensive converter is the best? Must be one of those peen length compensation things guys seem to do.
There is of course an audible difference between Low-end converters, such as those built into a laptop, and mid-level converters such as in most audio interfaces over $200. There is a difference between the mid-level converters and high-end converters but it’s not as obvious as the marketing and price jump might lead you to believe.
Any modern converter should be adequate for making records, which one you use is far less important than mics, monitors, and acoustics for example. There are SO MANY things that can make an immediate and obvious difference to your audio that should be taken care of before even thinking about a converter upgrade.
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