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Whirlwind AESDA - Portable AES Digital to Analog Converter

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Whirlwind AESDA - Portable AES Digital to Analog Converter

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Product Highlights

  • Converts AES-3 & S/PDIF into Analog
  • Provides Diagnostic Analysis of Signals
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries or 6VDC External
  • Female XLR & BNC Inputs, XLR Outputs
  • Mini-Plug Headphone Output with Volume
  • 11-Segment LED Meters
  • Made in the USA
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You Pay: $519.95

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The AESDA from Whirlwind is a portable device that decodes digital audio in AES/EBU and S/PDIF into analog audio signals. It has one female XLR input (for stereo AES) and one BNC connector. There are two balanced male XLR outputs and a mini-plug headphone output. The AESDA can be powered with 4 AA batteries, with the included power supply, or adapted to an external portable power source. It provides excellent quality audio conversion in a compact and ultra-portable package.

There are 10 LEDs on the face of the AESDA that provide diagnostic analysis of the incoming digital signals, as well as its current operational status. The warning lights will assist you in troubleshooting any faults and errors that may occur. With the flip of a switch, the same lights that alert you of errors are used to inform you of the current status, such as the sample rate, type of data, etc.

Two 11-segment LED meter arrays are used to inform you of the digital input and analog output signal levels. The AESDA is capable of decoding both professional and consumer versions of AES-3. You can adjust the two output levels independently with dedicated knobs, and use a third knob to adjust the volume level of the 3.5mm headphone output.

110 Ohm balanced and 75 Ohm unbalanced inputs
Dual function level meters display either digital input signal level or analog output level
Dual function LEDs display digital input information or signal condition/fault type
Separate balanced XLR and 3.5mm headphone outputs, each output has its own volume control
Inputs 1 x Female XLR (for 110 Ohm balanced AES/EBU audio)
1 x BNC Input

Both inputs are transformer and DC isolated (up to 50V), and accept AES/EBU and S/PDIF signal levels ranging between 5V p-p and 250mV p-p

Outputs 2 x Balanced XLR Male Outputs
1 x 3.5mm Stereo Mini-Plug
Output Noise Less than -95 dB
Meters 2 x 11-Segment LED Arrays
Headphone Output Peak output level is +4dB
Capable of driving headphones from 16 to 100 Ohms impedance
Can also be used to feed an unbalanced line input
THD (Main Outputs) Less than 0.004% at 0 dBV
Less than 0.01% at +18 dBV
Frequency Response Flat to within 0.2dB from 22 Hz to 20 kHz
Power Runs on 4 AA Batteries
5.5 x 2.1mm External Power Jack
4.8VDC to 15VDC Input Voltage
Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Whirlwind AESDA - Portable AES Digital to Analog Converter
  • 6VDC 2.5A Power Supply
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    5.0

    Great Converter/Test Set

    By Dan

    from Kansas City, MO

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

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        Comments about Whirlwind AESDA - Portable AES Digital to Analog Converter:

        While we use this mostly to quickly test for AES audio in our broadcast chain, it also functions as a AES/Analog converter. With both BNC and XLR inputs, connection is quick and the headphone output and diagnostic modes make for easy analysis of the AES or SPDIF audio signal. The battery pack makes it usable anywhere. We are very happy with this purchase.

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