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Lavry AD122-96 MX

Stereo analog to digital converter with improved clipping behavior
MFR# AD122-96 MX

Product Description

The Lavry Gold AD122-96 MX allows clarity even when recording at full scale. The audibly superior results obtained with the MX can be a real competitive edge when recording hot.

This beautiful piece of technology boasts extremely close inter-channel matching that extends to the lowest signal levels preserves the spatial placement and depth of the stereo image. Ultra-stable internal and external clocking circuitry virtually eliminates the non-musical distortion effects caused by jitter in conversion. With unique self-calibration circuitry, conversion accuracy is maintained over a wide range of operating temperatures, and the effects of circuitry aging are minimized.

Building on the magnificent track-record of the LavryGold AD122-96 MkIII, the AD122-96 MX retains the transparency of the MkIII with the additional benefit of even more graceful handling of clipping. The MkIII has a reputation for handling clipping with less harshness than other brands of converters, and now, the MX takes this quality to a new level.

For those who utilize clipping as a method for attaining the maximum audible level on their recordings, the AD122-96 MX provides a more musical result without the loss of quality typically associated with pushing the clipping envelope. Below the highest peak levels, the MX is as linear as the MkIII; so the best qualities of the MkIII are retained for the majority of the music signal. When recording at the level where the highest peaks are clipped, the MX offers increased musicality when compared to most other AD converters.

For the same level of detail and accuracy, the MX model retains the -127dB noise floor 20-20kHz and 0.00005% distortion for signals below -40dBFS as the AD122-96 MkIII. Extremely close inter-channel matching that extends to the lowest signal levels preserves the spatial placement and depth of the stereo image. Ultra-stable internal and external clocking circuitry virtually eliminates the non-musical distortioneffects caused by jitter in conversion.

With unique self-calibration circuitry, conversion accuracy is maintained over a wide range of operating temperatures, and the effects of circuitry aging are minimized over years of use. In addition to the improved handling of clipped signals, Lavry’s exclusive selectable Soft Saturation also facilitates “hotter” recording levels without undesirable artifacts.

Soft Saturation is a digital emulation of analog tape saturation which leaves the signal completely linear below the threshold, with selectable 3 or 6dB of additional level. For signals above the threshold, the process has no attack and release time constants which could cause undesirable “pumping” or “breathing” by interacting with compression or limiting applied either before or after conversion. The MX model offers the flexibility of the Soft Saturation modes or linear operation, with the ability to handle high levels of clipping without the loss in quality common to other converters.


Key Features

  • Graceful handling of clipping allows more apparent level without loss of musicality
  • 24 bit conversion at 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz and 44.1kHz
  • Unequaled detail and performance
  • True -127dB noise floor
  • 0.00005% Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
  • Lavry’s exclusive αcoustic βit Correction for wordlength reduction with dither and noise shaping
  • Switchable digital soft-knee limiter, +3 or +6dB gain
  • Precision reference meter bridge
  • Fully programmable digital test tones for system alignment
  • AES and word clock external synchronization 40-51kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • DC removal
  • Absolute Polarity Inversion
  • Multi-converter synchronization


  • Noise Floor at 44.1-48KHz sampling:
    • -130dB ±1dB from full scale A weighted
    • -126dB ±0.5dB from full scale unweighted
  • Noise Floor at 96KHz sampling:
    • -127dB ±1dB from full scale A weighted
    • -123dB ±1dB from full scale unweighted.
  • Output Bits:
    • 16 to 24 bits, user selectable.
  • Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise (Specified for 22-24 Bits output, balanced inputs):
    • 0.00005% for signals lower than -40dBF
    • 0.0004% for signals lower than -20dBF
    • 0.0008% for signals lower than -6dBF
  • Channel Separation:
    • Greater than 120dB (0-20KHz)


  • The analog signal can be amplified by 0-12dB utilizing the front panel screw adjust trim pots. Full-scale signal with 0dB gain is 24dBu, (full-scale signal with 12dB gain is 12dBu).
  • Input impedance over 0-100 kHz: greater than 20k ohm (pin 2 to pin 3).
  • XLR connector: AES/EBU levels into 110 Ohms for digital audio or TTL level into 110 Ohms word clock


  • XLR AES/EBU output transformer coupled. Compatible with most RCA/SPDIF inputs using simple wired adapters or adapter cables.


  • BNC connector:
    • TTL level word clock


  • 90-264 VAC @ 47-63Hz , Fuses 0.5A Slow 250V Fuse Size 0.25inch x 1.25 inch.
  • The power supply automatically adjusts to AC inputs in the range of 90 to 264 volts at line frequencies between 47 and 63 Hz. It is not necessary to change any settings.


  • 19” 1U Rack enclosure

Product Specifications

Condition New
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 1u
Input Connectors Analog XLR
Output Connectors Analog XLR

Product Reviews

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The best ADC in the biz. I used one at Assault & Battery in London and knew we needed one at The Pop Machine. It makes the mixes so much more romanticized with enhanced clarity and detail. The difference is not subtle.

By Eric J on March 9, 2020

The best ADC I have ever heard. I used an older model at Assault & Battery in London (Alan Moulder and Flood’s studio) and the sound was astonishing. We at The Pop Machine just bought the new 122-96 MX and the clarity is just remarkable.

By indieric on February 21, 2020

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