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Does ADA8 sounds better than DA8 + AD8D?

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 19:01
by lightning.speed
Anyone compared these cards side by side? I'm curious what is the sonic difference in low sample rates. Also, what is the difference between premium and non-premium cards?

Re: Does ADA8 sounds better than DA8 + AD8D?

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 23:28
by charlienyc
Info about the cards are here, with links to specs: http://www.merging.com/products/networked-audio/option-cards#ad8d-ad8dp-option-card
In a nutshell, premium allows higher sampling rates and DSD, whereas the non-premium only goes up to 192kHz. Otherwise, it's a matter of component choice / tolerances, available gain, impedance, etc. On the input side AD8D is the lowest, then AD8DP, then AKD8D, and finally AKD8DP at the top end.