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Need help with DA converters

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by ace20019, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. ace20019

    ace20019 Guest

    I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a good/great DA converter which will be significantly better than the one I have in my O1v. It's something about it that doesn't excite me too well. As far as price goes, I'm willing to spend no more than $1500 unless it won't become extinct anytime soon(1-2 yrs). Any help will be greatly appreciated....thanks in advance
  2. Scott Gould

    Scott Gould Active Member

    Oct 22, 2001
    Pt. Charlotte FL
    FWIW I picked up a Lucid 9624DA, and it's a definite improvement over the DA in my d8b. Having said that, a high quality wordclock can improve conversion as well. Not being familiar with the 01v I can't really say how much improvement you'll see, but I'm sure someone here can.

  3. ace20019

    ace20019 Guest

    I have it clocked to a Rosetta and there is definitely an improvement in the overall sound but I think that maybe a dedicated da converter might help me improve my overall mixing. Anyone else know of anything better?
  4. subspace

    subspace Guest

    If you can deal with the unbalanced output, the Entech 245.2 is the best I know of. It costs around $500 and you can't do any better for under $3k. HTH
  5. Sir Bob

    Sir Bob Active Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Isn't the Rosetta also a dedicated d/a converter?
  6. ace20019

    ace20019 Guest

    The Rosetta is strictly an AD converter...no DA
  7. ace20019

    ace20019 Guest

    Is there a website to the Entech stuff?
  8. subspace

    subspace Guest

    They're the parent company but there's nothing about the 245.2 on their Entech page. I checked they're etailer list and found these guys selling it for $400 with a pretty good write up on it:

  9. try2break

    try2break Guest

    Could this be the RNC equivalent in the DA category? Is it better than the Lucid?
  10. subspace

    subspace Guest

    Yeah, I'd give it the RNC award in the converter category. When Bob Katz replaced his custom D/A with this $400 unit, a lot of folks wanted to try them out, but they were tough to locate. I was surprised to find they'd made it into circulation again, they may be discontinued by the looks of the Entech site.
    I haven't heard the Lucid. It's got AES in and balanced outs I think, which makes it a better fit for a lot of studios monitoring set-ups. I switched to an unbalanced monitor chain years ago, so that's a non-factor for me. HTH
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