Topic: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

Hey there forum.

Anyone knows how good is the DAC on the Madi HDSPe card (Analog out) for studio monitoring?
How is the converter compered to an ADI DS? (Better or worst?)

Thanks in advance

2 (edited by ramses 2018-10-27 14:11:14)

Re: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

Hi

what do you mean by studio monitoring ? Via phones or speaker ?

HDSPe MADI has a phones output, unbalanced operation only.

The ADI DS (which is not on the market anymore) has servo-symmetric analog I/O for balanced and unbalanced operation, but no dedicated phones output.

Nowadays I would suggest a 3rd option: To take the ADI-2 Pro FS to connect monitors / phones like outlined here: https://www.tonstudio-forum.de/blog/ind … tup-EN-DE/. For this option its best is to have a recording device with TotalMix FX and then to connect the ADI-2 Pro FS digitally via either AES, ADAT, optical or coax SPDIF.

BR
Ramses
X10SRi-F, Win7 Prof, Cubase 9.5, UFX+, Octamic XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS BE/DAC, RayDAT, ARC USB

Re: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

I mean studio monitors (Speakers)
You can change the analog out of the HDSPe from phones to line output from what i understand.

At the moment i am monitoring thru an ADI DS and wanted to know if i would be better off monitoring thru the HDSPe analog out. I do not have the option to get a dedicated DAC at the moment.

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Re: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

As the HDSPe MADI sits inside the computer the DS most probably delivers a cleaner signal. Why not try it?

Regards
Matthias Carstens
RME

Re: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

But how does the converter itself compares ?

6 (edited by ramses 2018-10-28 12:58:13)

Re: HDSPe Madi Analog Out converter

Orchook wrote:

But how does the converter itself compares ?

The pure technical data you can look-up in the handbook of the two products.
http://www.rme-audio.de/download/hdspemadi_e.pdf
http://www.rme-audio.de/download/adi8ds_e.pdf

In terms of sound I would listen / compare and choose what you like more.
Otherwise see MC's proposals.

BR
Ramses
X10SRi-F, Win7 Prof, Cubase 9.5, UFX+, Octamic XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS BE/DAC, RayDAT, ARC USB