Really Basic question on LYNX cards



I have a LYNX One and LYNX 22 question, seems basic but elsewhere I haven't gotten an answer.
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I noticed these differences between some of the specs on the

Lynx One:
·Two 24-bit/50kHz Balanced Analog I/O (!)
·24-bit/96 kHz Digital I/O
·Flexible Synchronization

Lynx 22
·Two 24-bit/200kHz Balanced Analog I/O (!)
·24-bit/96kHz Digital I/O with Sample Rate Conversion
·Multiple-board audio data routing and sync

What I notice the most (other than the price) is the

50 khz in the Lynx One and the 200 khz in the Lynx 22

Can anyone tell me if those KHZ differences mean a difference in sound quality? Are these the customary sampling rate figures? They seem odd but maybe they're showing that the Lynx One maxxes out at 48 khz rate and the Lynx 22 at the 192khz.

If I'm only recording at 24/44.1, will the difference between the Lynx One and Lynx 22 be noticeable? What if I start to go 24/96 or 24/192 to take advantage of the Lynx, will I have problems with sound quality converting down to the standard 16/44.1 for CD making?

Thanks alot


Well-Known Member
Mar 15, 2003
Those numbers only mean that the card CAN go there. In reality the system will only use the standard 48kHz rather than 50kHz. Same with 200kHz. Seems like a marketing gimmick to do "a little better than the rest".

It's impossible to tell which of these cards will sound better at 24/44.1kHz without further information. The simple fact that they can handle higher sample frequencies doesn't mean that they actually sound better at lower frequencies. It comes down to the filter and peripheral circuit design of the converters which could be great for working at 24/44.1 or just OK. No way of telling without a closer look.

When recording at higher sample rates going down to 16/44.1 doesn't usually result in noticable quality loss. This however, has become an almost religious question. Go search this and other forums if you are interested. Makes for a few days of fun reading without any conclusion :D . Try it out for yourself and form your own opinion ...




FWIW....I reviewed the Lynx22 in Mix a few months ago, and it's one of the better-made cards I've used (and trust me, I've used a lot...). The L22 is more comparable to the LynxTwo than the LynxOne. (To your specific query re: sample rates...if you're never planning on going over 48kHz it's probably irrelevant, but the ability to work at 96k or higher may come in handy if you're ever thinking about mastering anything.) The Lynx stuff has great S/N, and their support is also very good.