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Apogee DA-16X 16 Channel D/A Converter
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The Apogee DA-16X digital to analog converter applies an advanced conversion system, taking the legendary quality of Apogee a huge step forward. Feat...Click To Read More About This Product
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Premium 192kHz Apogee conversion with built-in "Big Ben" clocking technology.
The Apogee DA-16X digital to analog converter applies an advanced conversion system, taking the legendary quality of Apogee a huge step forward. Features such as a redesigned power supply, standard 192kHz sampling rates, the C777 clocking technology found in Big Ben, and optional Pro Tools HD and FireWire expansion cards, make the DA-16X the most powerful and flexible conversion combination ever. Not only does the X-Series hardware offer unequaled, groundbreaking technology but it also makes the audio converter available at a fraction of the cost associated with previous, premium Apogee gear. And now it's approved for use with Pro Tools HD 8 hardware and software running on MAC OS X 10.5.5 or Windows XP SP 2.
Advanced High-Definition Conversion
The most critical component in the digital recording environment is proper, high-quality conversion and since the dawn of digital recording the most desired converters have been made by Apogee. With up to 192k standard sample rates, the rackmountable DA-16X converter combines Apogee's legendary conversion quality with the very latest in high-definition digital to provide unrivaled flexibility and quality.
Redesigned Power Supply
Enabling optimum conversion requires a state of the art power supply. The fully redesigned power system of the Apogee DA-16X incorporates a specially designed Synchronous Switching power supply that works in conjunction with Apogee's very stable low jitter clock and filtering technology to provide superior heat and noise performance and an improved transient response over our previous linear power supply. This creates a power system that delivers total efficiency and provides an ideal environment for premium conversion.
Redesigned Analog Section
Incorporated in the DA-16X converter are the very latest developments in Apogee's groundbreaking analog circuit design. Through sophisticated implementation and optimal configuration, the selection of premium, contemporary opamps allows the X-Series to deliver conversion performance never before heard, while maintaining the signature Apogee sound: Clear, transparent, focused and punchy.
C777 Clocking used by Big Ben
The DA 16-X uses Apogee's C777 clocking technology. Famous for keeping Big Ben on time, the C777 utilizes an entirely digital process that Apogee has developed with the most advanced Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) technology and DSP-based digital filtering. With a stable, crystal based digital PLL handling the clocking, DA-16X are able to intelligently manipulate incoming signals and adapt to them accordingly. The result? The most aggressive jitter reduction ever and an astonishing and noticeable difference in sound quality.
Connect Directly to Pro Tools HD or any FireWire Enabled Computer
Like the Apogee Rosetta 800, the DA-16X offer an expansion card slot that greatly increases connectivity possibilities. Add an optional X-Series HD card (sold separately) and connect DA-16X directly to your computer via your HD Core Card. Using Logic, Nuendo or any of the many native DAW's? Add an X-FireWire card (sold separately) to your X-Series hardware. With the optional X-FireWire card installed, you'll be able to connect the DA-16X natively to any FireWire input device, with low latency and without the need for additional hardware.
SoftLimit: Maximize Levels, Minimize Overs
One of the greatest difficulties in digital recording is getting an adequate level without clipping and unwanted distortion. Soft Limit is an analog peak limiter that enables the capture of an additional 4-6 dB of level without going into an 'over' condition. Short of purchasing a very expensive stand-alone compressor/limiter, there is currently no product on the market that handles this process better than SoftLimit.
UV22HR: Dither Down with 24-bit Detail
UV22HR is Apogee´s industry standard technology for reducing the word-length of a high-resolution digital signal to 16 bits for the CD mastering. UV22HR is also being employed to produce dramatically improved internet and computer audio content without increased file sizes or data rates. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 hit records are mastered using Apogee's UV22HR technology.
High Performance Output
The DA-16X digital to analog converter uses Apogee's newly developed electronically balanced line drivers. Originally designed for the Mini-DAC, these line drivers are able to simulate true transformer behavior. The circuitry is an ultra low output impedance, high current driver, capable of running levels up to 26 dBu to the most complex or low impedance loads. Recording studios utilizing vintage audio-equipment will find this particularly valuable. Ultimately, the output performance of the Apogee DA-16X achieves perfect symmetry when used in balanced mode (even with an unsymmetrical load) and no increased distortion when used unbalanced.
IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.
If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided at the link below that are specifically indicated as "Compatible with Leopard."
If you have any questions, please call Apogee support at 310-584-9394.
Now approved for use with Pro Tools HD 8 hardware and software running on MAC OS X 10.5.5 or Windows XP SP 2.