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Best A/D converter?
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Jun 28, 2006, 02:21 PM
I'm looking to master a bunch of LPs in 24/96 and want the highest quality box to interface with the computer. I only need analog RCA inputs, no level control or anything else necessary. Any suggestions?
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Jun 28, 2006, 02:31 PM
Can't you just use an RCA to 3.5 mini jack convertor, and use the line in on your Mac (assuming you don;t have either a PPC mini or an iBook...)
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Jun 28, 2006, 03:07 PM
I have a mini and need a USB or Firewire unit. The built in A/D is pretty bad anyway.
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Jun 28, 2006, 06:53 PM

That's like asking "I need a car to drive from one place to another. I don't need a flatbed to transport huge loads, just seats and a trunk. Any suggestions?"

You can spend upwards of $1000 per channel.

If you're just looking to digitize (not "master") vinyl, the question is at what level?

Why 96kHz?

If the source is a plastic hi-fi record player or Technics 1210 or such, then the $50 Griffin iMic seems appropriate - it comes with Final Vinyl, which is specifically geared towards what you appear to be looking to do, and it sounds decent (though it only does 24-bit/44-kHz).

If your source is more in the league of a Linn turntable, then you'll probably want to look at something like the $1200 Metric Halo Mobile I/O ULN-2. Anything much below that level of source quality, recording in 96kHz is completely overkill.
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