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Dangerous Music CONVERT-8 Eight-Channel Reference-Grade Digital-to-Analog Converter

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Dangerous Music
Dangerous Music CONVERT-8 Eight-Channel Reference-Grade Digital-to-Analog Converter
Key Features
  • 8 Channels of Reference-Grade Conversion
  • For Mixing and Stem Mastering
  • For Stereo, 2.1, 5.1, and 7.1 Monitoring
  • On the Fly Input Switching
If you want an audiophile-grade DAC to handle eight channels of conversion in your mixing, stem-mastering, or post-production facility, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Dangerous Music CONVERT-8. This converter is designed to give you a clean, powerful, precise, and accurate performance as you monitor or route audio from the digital domain. Feed your stereo, 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 system with signal from the CONVERT-8, and you can be confident in what you're hearing as you tweak the signal in the digital domain. 
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Dangerous Music CONVERT-8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2For Mixing and Monitoring in Stereo and Beyond
  • 3Award-Winning Pedigree
  • 4Hi-Fi Analog Signal Path
  • 5Artfully Digital
  • 6Jitter Elimination Technology
  • 7Instant Input Calibration
  • 8Automatic Sample Rate Detection
  • 9On-the-Fly Input Switching
  • 10Connections Galore
  • 118-Channel Metering
  • 12Monitor ST Connectivity

If you want an audiophile-grade DAC to handle eight channels of conversion in your mixing, stem-mastering, or post-production facility, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Dangerous Music CONVERT-8. This converter is designed to give you a clean, powerful, precise, and accurate performance as you monitor or route audio from the digital domain. Feed your stereo, 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 system with signal from the CONVERT-8, and you can be confident in what you're hearing as you tweak the signal in the digital domain. 

When Chris Muth and Paul Messick are involved in a design, you know both the analog and digital circuitry will be handled with an absolute attention to detail. Everything from the low-pass filtering on the analog side to the digital JetPLL ultra-low jitter digital clocking has been refined to deliver a supremely musical, yet transparent performance. Enhanced by a bevy of easy-to-use features, the CONVERT-8 is not only a game-changer for your sound, but a time-saver for your workflow.  

For Mixing and Monitoring in Stereo and Beyond

Whether you're tracking, mixing, or mastering, the CONVERT-8 will deliver powerful low end, articulate mids, and crystalline highs to every channel in your analog rig. Compatible with today's digital signals (including the ubiquitous ADAT format) the CONVERT-8 is ready to take on any mixing or monitoring job, from including stereo, 2.1, 5.1, and Dolby Atmos.

Award-Winning Pedigree

Dangerous has been building award-winning converters since 2002. Eager to develop a new DAC, Dangerous designed the CONVERT-8 from the ground up, utilizing an analog circuit designed by Chris Muth to deliver an open, articulate, and powerful sound. As a dedicated digital-to-analog converter, The CONVERT-8 has been optimized for the job of delivering stunning sound when mixing, stem mastering, and monitoring while tracking.

Hi-Fi Analog Signal Path

Renowned designer Chris Muth developed the audiophile-grade analog audio path for the CONVERT-8, meticulously fine-tuning the low-pass reconstruction filters that sit at the heart of any DAC. These filters are necessary for a DAC to function well, and extra care has been paid to them here.

Artfully Digital

Dangerous brought in digital guru Paul Messick to ensure the digital circuitry of the CONVERT-8 matches its finely tuned analog circuit. Paul refined the CONVERT's JetPLL ultralow-jitter clocking technology until it virtually eliminated jitter in the audio band and beyond, resulting in a clearer sound with less ear fatigue.

Jitter Elimination Technology

Many digital audio systems are synced to the best-sounding clock in the rack, and Dangerous hopes you'll choose the CONVERT-8 as the master clock for this reason. Simply use the Word Clock output, set the CONVERT-8 into Master mode from the front panel, and all the digital gear in your studio will benefit from The CONVERT's Jitter Elimination Technology.

Instant Input Calibration

The device sports industry-standard reference levels of -14, -16, and -18 dBFS, so you can recalibrate the CONVERT-8 with the push of a button. While many professional converters are only aligned at the factory, the CONVERT-8 lets you move flexibly between different reference levels on the fly. Anyone who's ever fumbled around behind a rack while a second person watches an external meter knows the special value of our front-panel calibration buttons, especially when there are eight channels with which to work.

Automatic Sample Rate Detection

Simply select Auto on the front panel and the CONVERT-8 will match its sample rate to the input signal. If you've ever started working at the wrong sample rate, you'll know why this feature can be so important. If you're swapping among different DAW sessions at different sample rates, the CONVERT-8 will follow your every move. You will have no more horrible scares in the form of horrendously distorted audio.

On-the-Fly Input Switching

The CONVERT-8 lets you swap between multiple digital inputs on the fly from the front-panel buttons. No more digging into elaborate menus and system settings just to listen to iTunes, and no more rerouting software drivers just to hear a different output.

Because the CONVERT-8 can automatically lock to the incoming signal's sample rate, you don't need to even think about sample rates as you switch between inputs.

Four digital inputs include USB, AES/SPDIF, ADAT and Optical SPDIF (TOSLINK).

Connections Galore

The rear panel of the converter features a D-Sub connector for analog outputs 1-8, a D-Sub connector for AES/SPDIF In and Thru 1-8, two ADAT Inputs, one WC input, one WC output, one optical S/PDIF input, a USB Type-B input, an RJ-45 remote in connector for the Monitor ST, and an RJ-45 remote thru connector for the Monitor ST.

8-Channel Metering

Aside from giving you instant visual confirmation of your audio signal present across all eight channels, the metering indicator tells you when three consecutive samples have clipped, meaning you're a breath away from violating industry standards for CD reproduction, and are about to generate clipping distortion that would be audible in any digital file. Whether you want this clipping or not is up to you, of course, but at least you have a reliable indicator for clipping in the CONVERT-8.

Monitor ST Connectivity

Simply hook up the device to Dangerous Audio's award-winning MONITOR-ST/SR Remote to the rear panel ports, and you've got best-in-class desktop remote control over the CONVERT's front panel input selectors. Add the CONVERT-8 to your existing MONITOR-ST/SR rig for seamless integration of a quality DAC into your surround monitoring system.

Dangerous Music CONVERT-8 Specs

Form FactorRackmount
Converter TypeD/A Converter
Number of Channels8
Conversion FormatsADAT, AES3, S/PDIF (Optical), TOSLINK
DisplayNone
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic PreampsNone
Expansion SlotsNone
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O1 x DB-25 25-Pin 8-Channel Output
Digital Audio I/O1 x DB-25 AES3 / S/PDIF In/Thru
2 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT Input
1 x TOSLINK Optical S/PDIF Input
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-B
Sync I/O1 x BNC Word Clock Input
1 x BNC Word Clock Output
Network I/ONone
MIDI I/ONone
Other I/O1 x etherCON/RJ45 Remote Input
1 x etherCON/RJ45 Remote Thru
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Performance
Frequency Response0 Hz to 20 kHz +0/-0.25 dB (at 96 kHz)
0 Hz to 30 kHz +0/-0.5 dB (at 96 kHz)
0 Hz to 40 kHz +0/-1 dB (at 96 kHz)
Dynamic Range114 dBA (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
113 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
SNR< 114 dBA (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
< 113 dB (Unweighted, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
THD+N< 94.5 dB / 0.00188% (Unweighted, 1 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, at +4 dBu)
< 106.5 dB / 0.00048% (Unweighted, 1 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, at +22 dBu)
Crosstalk> 114 dBu (1 kHz)
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 192 kHz
Sample Rate ConversionNone
Bit DepthsUp to 24-Bit
Sync SourcesInternal, Word Clock
ClockingWord Clock:
Jitter: 16 ps (100 Hz to 40 kHz)
18 ps (100 Hz to 1 MHz)
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS
Windows
Included SoftwareNone
Power
Power RequirementsAC Input
AC Input Power120 VAC, 60 Hz (T 2 A 250 V)
240 VAC, 50 Hz (T 1 A 250 V)
Physical
Rackmount Size1 RU

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