Lynx HILO for Mastering

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by chasmar, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. chasmar

    chasmar Active Member

    I am being sold on a Lynx Hilo for my mastering conversion and monitoring solution. Do any of you ME's have an opinion on this? I noticed the Aurora has 8 channels (instead of the 2- Hilo) and sells for ~$500 less than the Hilo. Is the conversion the same? I was also looking into the Crane Song HEDD.

    Please help, because my head is spinning over this.

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Looks like lynx is actually making something worth buying now but I wouldn't touch anything with a touch screen. I'd be interested in a comparison between the HILO vs Lavry Black. The Headphone quality sounds pretty impressive and that would be big on my list for mastering. Lots of bells and whistles you may not need. Sounds like a nice system other than some things I wouldn't be wanting. I personally think there is a lot of added Gearslutz hype around Lynx.

    Crane Song and a few other choices too. Lots of fun and study buying a new converter. Good luck and please let me know how you make out? Quality ADDA are big on my must have list.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I'd like to hear the DA (generally use the HEDD), but I have absolutely no thoughts in replacing the HEDD as the AD...
  4. chasmar

    chasmar Active Member

    Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. audiokid: I too agree about the touch screen - it seems rather gimmicky and makes me think this will be a discontinued product soon. ....time will tell.

    I just put in an offer on a Forssell MADA-2. This got really good reviews and they allow a demo time period. It can be returned for a full refund (minus shipping costs) if I don't like it. The only thing I don't like is that there isn't a firewire or USB interface on this. The digital inputs are: "
    AES3 (AES/EBU) 110 ohm (XLR) and SPDIF 75 ohm (RCA)"

    I'm not crazy about changing out my IO card for the inputs so I may look into some sort of USB3 conversion device for the SPDIF if I like it.

    Thanks again.
  5. mstan

    mstan Member

    Well, how do you like the Forssell? I am considering it also after having demo'd the Hilo (which sounded nice but the left channel monitor out went bad after 3 days so couldn't really judge it).
  6. chasmar

    chasmar Active Member

    I actually didn't get it. I got the prism orpheus instead and I love it.

    I should note though that the Prism firewire functionality is a little fussy - I have to shut off my network card or I'll get pops and cracks in the audio. In a Windows environment I have always had this problem with firewire and audio production anyway.

  7. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    cool, I just got an Orpheus too! Its wonderful. I haven't noticed any issues with the firewaire at all. It hooked up and was running perfectly right from the get go.


    The Lavry AD11 is awesome as well. What an excellent mobile product and and perfect 2 track mastering AD.

    There is a Thunderbold option for the Prism mentioned here:

    Great choice BTW!
  8. chasmar

    chasmar Active Member

    Nice! Hope you're enjoying it as much as I am. (I suspect you are). I looked into that Thunderbolt option and it's only for Mac. ....yea I'm one of those PC audio guys. :cool:

  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    PC for me as well, not interested in Apple much here but its nice to know that option for the Orpheus is there. But, would thunderbolt be an optional card for PC? I don't know anything about it.
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Looks like Thunderbolt will be available for PC

    Looks like Thunderbolt will be available for PC:
    Thunderbolt for PCs a reality as Ivy Bridge launch nears | ExtremeTech

  11. chasmar

    chasmar Active Member

    Ahhh...good news audiokid. Thanks a lot for looking into that. I'll then have to consider the "Prism" factor and consider how much that will cost. At any rate, it would probably be a good investment since I plan on keeping the Orpheus for a long..long...long..long time.

    Hey, how are those preamps? Don't they sound fabulous? Everything sounds so "finished" with a simple recording. The built in limiters are soooo transparent.

    Thanks again for checking this out.
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Now know why these cost what they do, they sound so smooth. I use mine right now as a mastering converter to a second DAW. So I am doing the hybrid thing and do not do any SRC anymore. My chain is like this now:

    preamps> RME ADI-8 QS > AD> DAW > RME ADI-8 QS DA > Hybrid summing system > Orpheus AD to second DAW, Master and happy! I use the Lavry DA11 for monitoring. What a system.

    Just wonderful sounding system now.

    I haven't spent enough time with the preamps but they are definitively good enough for high end acoustic work. Its now my beloved mobile system.

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