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Lynx Studio Technology Aurora (n) 24 HD
New and improved 24-channel Aurora converter with 24-bit/192 kHz conversion, ProTools|HD I/O, LSlotTM expansion slot, and 2 audiophile-grade headhpone outputs
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|
|Computer Connection||Digilink Mini|
|Clock I/O||In, Out|
|Maximum Sampling Rate||192 kHz|
We upgraded from the original Aurora units, including a pair of 16 channel units and a pair of 8 channel units, to a pair of 24 channel (n) units.
We are using our 48 channel system with a fully loaded API 1608 console allowing 40 I/Os well as outboard channels into an HDX system.
The user interface is the most apparent improvement but I think the multi track clarity, stereo imaging and definition are audibly improved in comparison to the original units.
But, the primary reason for our purchase was the support we have received from Lynx over the course of several years. We have changed from usb to thunderbolt to PT HDX and each time were given thorough and prompt support from Lynx.
They have been rock solid, simple to use, and sonically fantastic. They disappear so that sessions take place without thinking about the technology.
We also have a HILO unit in our mastering suite and the same comments apply.
Excellent customer service. Well built product.
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