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post May 2 2010, 11:18
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I'm not sure this is the right forum to ask, so if this fits better somewhere else, please moderator > shift to the right place.

The Situation:
Owning a few hundred vinyl records, I really enjoy playing those on my SL-1000 II
My Audio Listening line has become mostly digital due to the use of a DEQX digital Preamp/X-Over for my active speakers.
I'm swithching digital sources (CD, Minidisk, Satellite Radio, PC, ...) with an electronic SPDIF switch feeding the DEQX digital input
I'm not using an analog preamp anymore, besides the Phono pre.

My Desire:
For ease of use (only switching sources at the SPDIF swith) and quality purposes (need 24 bit / 96 ks/s!), I'm looking to connect the Phono/RIAA Preamp to a well working, stand alone AD-converter.

The ADC shall have:
Separate (R/L) input level adjustment (to compensate cartridge chanle differences)
Capability for 24 bit / 96 ks/s and 24 bit/192 ks/s through AES/EBU and SPDIF Coax outputs
Normal HiFi line level input sensitivity
A bearable price well under 1000 Euros

I have found very few alternatives so far, so as this forum seems very analog AND digital "competent", I though I'd join and ask you folks for help and recommendations.

Thanks in adance!
from Germany

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post May 4 2010, 11:22
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My Minidisc deck will happily operate as an ADC if you press record without a disc in.

It's 44.1kHz only (though IIRC it's greater than 16-bits), so doesn't meet your requirements - though IMO mine is sonically transparent. You will find plenty of similar advice here: 44.1kHz / 16-bit is more than enough to preserve the sound of an LP. Whether your systems works the same at 44.1kHz as at 96kHz or higher is a different matter.

If you can find what you want, then great - but I'd be looking to cure any channel level differences elsewhere, not in the ADC.

@DVDdoug - but there are plenty of recordings where the original vinyl release sounds better than the CD re-issue, so there's no guarantee that replacing vinyl with CDs will improve the sound quality, or even get you the same mix or mastering (or sometimes the same edit or even (rarely) the same take!) of the music. It depends how much the OP loves the sound of their LPs (or not).


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