Selecting AD Converters (Analog/Digital)
An analog-to-digital audio converter changes analog signals that pass through it into digital format. AD converters are used in digital audio systems and with sound recording equipment. Before choosing AD or digital format converters, note the type of digital or analog equipment you’re using and check for compatibility.
Differences Between DAC and AD Converters
Digital audio converters are used for devices such as cell phone video cards and digital cameras or camcorders. Digital-to-analog audio converters break down and rebuild signals until they find the correct bandwidth. DACs are often a vital part of computer audio interfaces and systems. AD converters break up an analog signal and change it into digital format. Analog-to-digital audio converters can offer you several conversion methods, including sampling, quantization, and coding. AD converters are used in TV tuner cards, pulse code modulation, and radar systems.
Types of Analog Converters
There are two main types of DAC: outboard and external. Outboard DACs bypass your onboard audio output programming, while external DACs amplify the ability of the existing sound system. Some DACs are multipurpose and can be used for stereos, computers, headphones, and TVs as an amplifying device. You should also consider audio hardware DSP accessories such as optical audio to RCA, input cables, remotes, and switches when purchasing DACs. Select the DAC or AD converter with the hookup specifications that match existing equipment and be sure to note any gaming or mobile device accessories you may connect.
Enhancing your audio with ADs and DACs provides you with strong sound for cutting, mixing, and recording. Converters also boost the quality of radio, TV, and PC audio output to help you receive high-quality sound. B&H Photo and Video carries a variety of AD, DAC, and DSP accessories to get the best possible signal for your audio equipment.