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Lynx Studio Technology Aurora (n) 16 TB
The U.S. made Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(n) line represents a quantum leap in the performance, flexibility, channel count and features of available A/D and D/A converters — and in value. The new 1RU modular platform, a complete redesign of the original Aurora, is available in versions supporting from 8 to 32 inputs, and with USB, Pro Tools|HD and HDX, Thunderbolt and Dante connectivity options.
Lynx has designed its new 192 kHz/24-bit Aurora(n) converters to be future-proof. Digital audio gear can be a significant investment for any owner, but with Aurora(n) you aren’t locked into a fixed configuration. The combination of FPGA chip technology, modular design and Lynx’s new L-Slot expansion cards allow you to stay current with firmware updates and to reconfigure your system as your needs evolve, maximizing your return on investment.
But above all, there’s the performance. Borrowing Hilo Converter Technology (HTC) from the company’s mastering-quality, reference grade Hilo converter unit and combining it with FPGA circuitry, Lynx has achieved major improvements in transparency, imaging and detail. Every channel’s analog signal path is self-contained and shielded, and each channel pair has its own dedicated conversion device, significantly reducing crosstalk and distortion while increasing dynamic range and performance, with no coloration or artifacts. Lynx’s all-new SynchroLock-2 second-generation sample clock technology ensures absolute accuracy with minimal jitter.
Lynx has launched the Aurora(n) line with a choice of three modules — digital (AES3+DAT), mic preamp and analog summing — with additional options planned. The future-proof design allows you to start with eight, 16 or 24 channels and later add I/O in groups of eight. And if you decide to change your recording platform (Lynx supports OSX and Windows) or add networking, you can always swap out the LSlot card for a different connectivity choice.
To match the performance of these new converters, Lynx has also incorporated two audiophile-quality headphone outputs, each with independent level controls. Uniquely, all Aurora(n) units include an onboard Micro SD player/recorder that provides up to 32 channels of direct recording and playback. The front panel TFT LCD displays levels and functions, and supports future upgrades.
- Complete redesign integrates Hilo Converter Technology (HCT) for analog I/O to achieve significant improvements in transparency and reductions of both noise and distortion
- LSlotTM expansion slot for Thunderbolt, Dante, USB, ProTools|HD connectivity and more
- Configurable I/O - pre-amp, summing & AES3+ADAT modules to be released in 2017
- Two audiophile-grade headphone outputs
- 1 in/3 out Word clock I/O with Lynx exclusive second generation SynchroLock-2 sample clock technology
- Up to 32-channels of real-time recording and playback via on-board MicroSD card
- Universal power supply
- Designed and built in the USA
|Input Connectors||Analog DB25, BNC|
|Output Connectors||Analog DB25, BNC|
|Clock I/O||In, Out|
|Maximum Sampling Rate||192 kHz|
The Aurora-N sounds great and works perfectly.
Got this a few weeks ago and wanted to wait til I put in at least 100 hours on it before I left a review. After years of hearing great things and researching the brand, I decided to take the plunge. It's better than I'd hoped for. I've had a few of both UA and Apogee units over the years, but this is hands down my favorite yet. Sounds great, super intuitive interface, very thorough manual and a ton of great videos on their channel also. I'm running it with a Shadow Hills Equinox and it's the perfect marriage.
On top of the product itself, their support is concierge level. Very personal, attentive, and proactive. I had the rare fortune of getting a unit with a TB card issue and Paul took an hour or so to trouble shoot with me, then quickly overnighted me a new card and picked up the shipping. And I was back in business within an hour of receiving it. All around, huge fan and new brand loyalist to Lynx.
Seamless transition into my setup, works and sounds great... only giving 4 stars because I have not had it long enough to know if it will have any long term hang ups...
The Lynx converters just sound like the source. What more could you ask. I had the original Aurora 8 and the Aurora(n) is definitely a step up in clarity and even response across the sound spectrum. Integrates well with Windows 10, fast and easy to set up.
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