Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by slickshoe, Oct 13, 2001.
Which clock source is more stable? Not worried about features, just a superior clock.
The Aardsync II is a dedicated master clock, designed to eliminate jitter in a digital system, whereas the Rosetta is basically an ADC. So as a master clock the Rosetta is reasonably useless and as an ADC the Aardsync is completely useless! This is as much to do with the features of each unit as it is to do with the superiority of the clock.
Bare in mind though that the Rosetta does not have a word clock input so it cannot be directly slaved to a dedicated master clock.
So to answer your question, the Aardsync has the superior clock. I can't see though how this information is of any use to you.
And from the tests I've seen, the Lucid 'GENx6' is more stable still than the Aardsync II...and only around $500 USD. Both are leaps and bounds more stable than the 'Rosetta'...
I'm most curious about those tests you've seen. When the GenX came out I was very interested and contacted Lucid. I was told by them that the GenX clock was not quite as stable as the Aardsync so I abandoned the idea. Has the design changed since then maybe?
That's some refreshing honesty on the part of Lucid. But consider the price difference of the two units, 70% improvement is better than none at all, right?
Grudgingly I perhaps concede that the ArdsyncII might be better than my Rosendal Nanosyncs BUT I DONT KNOW IT FOR SURE!...
One thing, the Nanosyncs' interesting designer Fritz, described to me at length how he went to great effort to make the 256 super clock on them, make Digidesign 888/24's sound good (and it does)
>>>>>>>That's some refreshing honesty on the part of Lucid. But consider the price difference of the two units, 70% improvement is better than none at all, right?<<<<<<<<<
Absolutely! And I'm sure it's a fine unit particularly at it's price. But if you're shopping for the best clock generator, and I don't believe that it's particularly subjective, it's not a device you want to buy twice. --Dan
The benefit of a dedicated masterclock depends greatly on what digital equipment Slickshoe has and also his plans for the future.
If the only digital piece of equipment Slickshoe has is the Rosetta then a dedicated masterclock is useless as the Rosetta does not have a word clock input. If he has a few other bits of digital equipment in the chain then I'm sure the Lucid would make an improvement. If Slickshoe is thinking about upgrading to PT TDM then the Lucid will probably be useless and the Nanosyncs or Aardsync would be required.
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