Recognizing the need of a high end analog to digital converter (ADC) in an affordable package,Black Lion has developed the Audio Sparrow Mk2 Red ADC. The success of the Mk2 Red has been made possible by implementing a high quality clock multiplier, analog circuitry staging, ultra-low distortion amplification, and the latest in power filtration technology. The Mk2 Red borrows the same 220/270SP master clock found in Black Lion's top of the line FM192 modification, which has been used by talent such as Mike Shiply, Tony Maserati, and Mutt Lange. The Audio Sparrow Mk2 Red can accommodate signal levels from +11 to -10dBv, sampling rates from 44.1-192kHz, and has a host of quality inputs and outputs to keep the signal path flexible and clean. A modular design allows the circuitry to be upgraded or replaced as new technologies are released in the future, making the Mk2 Red even more appealing to those looking for long-term value in their investment. The overall result of these features is an affordable yet extremely musical 2-channel ADC which is comparable to others at twice the price.
Circuitry and Word Clock Borrowed from the FM192
The Mk2 Red uses much of the same technology and the identical 220/270SP word clock that can be found in the high end FM192 model, used by heavyweights like Mike Shipley, Tony Maserati, Mutt Lange, and Butch Walker.
The Mk2 Red's design is completely modular, allowing circuitry to be updated or upgraded as needed. This allows the Mk2 Red to stay up to date with the latest technology, adding even more long-term value in this investment.
Musical Sonic Qualities
The Mk2 Red's low noise circuit design, pinpoint imaging, and wide open sonic quality results in an ADC which is extremely musical and leaves other ADCs sounding lifeless.
User Selectable Signal Calibration and Sampling Rates
The Mk2 Red can accommodate input signal levels from +11dBu down to -10dBV and sampling rates from 44.1 - 192kHz.
Flexible Set of Inputs and Outputs
AES output, coax and optical SPDIF, XLR and 1/4" balanced inputs all contribute to a flexible set of inputs and outputs for almost any environment.
A set of LEDs give a visual representation of the audio signal behavior for each channel. LEDs are lit for clipping on each channel, word clock lock, and power.
Ultra Low Noise Signal Path
A proprietary set of low ripple converter circuitry, a high headroom analog stage, and an organic semiconductor capacitance in the power supply all contribute to a low noise signal path usually found in more expensive units.
The entire Mk2 Red package fits in just a 1U - 1/2 rack space, making it easy to blend into your studio setup.
Precision Clocking Architecture
Capable of sampling rates from 44.1 - 192kHz, the Mk2 Red clocking architecture features low jitter, wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators, and a clock multiplier which prevents performance degradation should the converter by synchronized to a lower word clock reference.
Sonic Qualities of Units Twice the Price
The technology and design used in the Mk2 Red results in pinpoint imaging, wide open sonic quality, and a rich midrange found in systems at more than twice the price. The Mk2 will forever change your standards for excellence in ADCs for years to come.
In the Box
Black Lion Audio Sparrow Mk2 A/D Converter Red
Black Lion Mk2 Red ADC
IEC Power Cable
Warranty: 2 Years Parts and Labor
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1U High, 1/2 wide rack mount chassis
Maximum Analog Input Level
Balanced Analog = TRS and XLR
Clock = 75 Ohm BNC
SPDIF = Coaxial (75 Ohm) and Optical AES-EBU (110 Ohm)
Word Clock = 75 Ohm BNC
Word Clock Lock = Indicator LED
44.1 - 192 kHz
110~220 volts - user selectable
<0.001% (20kHz BW, 20-20kHz, @ -10dBFS)
<0.002% SMPTE (1:1) 60kHz + 2k~2-kHz typical
<100dB (@20k Hz all gain settings)
5lbs (2.26796 kg)
10.25 x 8 x 1.75" (26.03 x 20.32 x 4.44 cm)
Black Lion Audio Sparrow Mk2 A/D Converter Red Review