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New SRC2496 Sample Rate/Format Converter from Behringer
January 22, 2002

With the new ULTRAMATCH PRO SRC2496 (price tba), BEHRINGER introduces an updated version of its ULTRAMATCH SRC2000. Like its predecessor, the new ULTRAMATCH enables professional users to transfer digital audio signals between devices with different sample rates, formats or interfaces, disable SCMS for 1:1 digital copies and remove dropouts or jitter from digital media. Simultaneously operable outputs offer splitter functionality. Next to full 24-bit/96-kHz compatibility, the new unit features full A/D and D/A conversion.

The ULTRAMATCH PRO SRC2496 facilitates format conversion between AES/EBU and S/PDIF with both coaxial and optical connectors, as well as conversion of 30 kHz to 100 kHz sample rates into 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz with selectable 16-, 20- or 24-bit output resolution. Universal sample rate synchronization via wordclock or digital input is guaranteed, and parallel A/D and D/A conversion is possible with identical sample rates.

The SRC2496 also enables easy jitter removal correction of unstable, off-tune sample rates. In addition, the unit allows direct manipulation of emphasis and copy-protection bits. On the connection side, RCA, XLR and optical outputs are simultaneously operational with selectable AES/EBU or S/PDIF formats, while inputs are separately selectable.

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Around $200.00...
How bad could this sound, being all digital?
Please don't flame me too bad...


CarmenC Sun, 01/27/2002 - 18:33

Hi Guys,
Thanx for the replies.
One question...
If what you say is true( and I'm sure it is ), then would any converter under, say, $750.00, come under the same catagory as the Behringer? I was thinking abut getting a Lucid 9624.

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At $750., it could possibly have the same chipset as the Behringer? That would lean me in the direction of the Behringer, big time.
What do you think?

Bill Plummer Mon, 01/28/2002 - 07:51

I would be very suprised if the Behringer piece doesn't mangle the audio.

A good piece is the RME ADI-8 DD. Certainly worth a look.