Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(ⁿ) PRE 1608 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with 8-Channel Preamp (Thunderbolt)

Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(ⁿ) PRE 1608 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with 8-Channel Preamp (Thunderbolt)

Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(ⁿ) PRE 1608 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with 8-Channel Preamp (Thunderbolt)

B&H # LYAUPRE1608T MFR # AURORA(N) PRE 1608 TB
Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(ⁿ) PRE 1608 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with 8-Channel Preamp (Thunderbolt)

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  • Aurora(ⁿ) 16-Channel Converter
  • Mastering-Grade 16-Channel AD/DA
  • Includes 2 x LM-PRE4 Modules
  • 2 x Transparent 4-Channel Preamps

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  • 1Description

Configured for Thunderbolt, the Lynx Studio Technology Aurora(ⁿ) PRE 1608 bundles the Aurora(ⁿ) 16 AD/DA converter with two LM-PRE4 preamp modules, which are already installed. With this interface, not only can you convert 16 channels of audio to and from the digital world, you can also record up to eight channels of audio straight into the offered interface, doing so with transparent preamps.

  • Aurora(ⁿ) 16 TB - 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with LT-TB Thunderbolt Card

    The Aurora(ⁿ) 16 TB from Lynx Studio Technology is a mastering-grade 16-channel AD/DA converter which supports up to 24-bit/192 kHz conversion and comes with a preinstalled LT-TB Thunderbolt interface. It offers significant performance and flexibility improvements over the company's well-regarded line of Aurora converters, providing an even greater level of wide-open, uncompressed, and unequalized audio for studios, mastering facilities, remote recording, broadcast, live performance, or production installations.

    The Aurora(ⁿ) 16 TB combines Hilo-like technology with the latest FPGA processors, to achieve greater transparency and reduction of both noise and distortion. One word clock input and three outputs let you use the unit as a master clock or slave it to an external clock. In addition, the Aurora(ⁿ) is equipped with an LSlot expansion bay which allows for a wide array of current connectivity options such as Thunderbolt, Dante, Pro Tools | HD, and USB, but can also be used to add more channels and additional hardware, as your production needs evolve.

    Other features include an on-board microSD player/recorder capable of up to 32 channels of direct recording and playback, ideal when working in the field. Two headphone outputs with independent volume control let you monitor your sound with audiophile-grade precision, while a bright LCD display gives you immediate access to all levels and functions, right from the front panel.

    Upgraded version of the company's well-regarded Aurora 16 model
    Redesigned to use technology borrowed from the company's Hilo Converter Technology (HCT) combined with the latest FPGA technology, for significant improvements in transparency and reductions of both noise and distortion
    Supports sixteen channels of mastering-quality AD/DA conversion at up to 24-bit/192 kHz
    Preinstalled LT-TB Thunderbolt interface
    LSlot expansion bay allows for a wide array of current connectivity options to include Thunderbolt, Dante, Pro Tools | HD, USB, and future formats
    Two audiophile-grade headphone outputs with independent volume control
    On-board microSD player/recorder capable of up to 32 channels of direct recording and playback
    SynchroLock-2 high-performance sample clock technology provides 300,000:1 reduction in jitter, 5 second lock time, extremely low jitter, and excellent absolute accuracy
    Word clock I/O provides one input and three outputs on BNC connectors
    480 X 128 TFT LCD display provides immediate access to all levels and functions and ensures that you see every piece of critical data, from just about any viewing angle
    12 VDC adapter input (adapter is available separately) for powering bus-powered Thunderbolt devices
    Universal power supply - built in, no wall-warts
    1 RU rack-space design with no fan - silent operation so you can keep unit in the recording room, with no need for isolation from distracting fan noise
    Designed and built in the USA
    UPC: 690534022601
  • LM-PRE4 Module for Aurora(ⁿ) Converters

    The Lynx Studio Technologies LM-PRE4 is a preamp module designed to fit inside of the Aurora(ⁿ). This unit adds four mic/line/Hi-Z input channels, as well as an additional four channels of A/D conversion. When inserted into the LSlot of your Aurora(ⁿ), you will have an interface that provides A/D conversion, D/A playback through your monitors, a microSD recorder, and a four-channel preamp for recording all manner of instruments and vocals.

    The module has been designed to be a sonic complement to the Aurora(ⁿ), offering the same precision, clarity, and transparency expected from all manner of Lynx products. Combined with the Aurora(ⁿ)'s microSD recorder, the LM-PRE4 can also be the backbone of a mobile rig. The LM-PRE4 sports combination XLR-1/4" jacks by Neutrik, accepting both balanced and unbalanced signals.

    The module employs a transformerless design, offering 68.6 dB of gain. It also exhibits extremely low noise, distortion, and crosstalk characteristics, all while providing 48V phantom power, attenuation pads, and polarity control for every channel. Integrating seamlessly with the Aurora(ⁿ)'s engine, the unit works with both the Thunderbolt and USB versions.

    Key Features at a Glance
    • Four-channel microphone/line/Hi-Z input module for the Aurora(n)
    • Onboard Aurora(n) A/D conversion directly coupled to preamp out for four additional input channels
    • Transformerless, transparent design
    • Up to 68.6 dB gain in 1 dB increments
    • Fully-differential, current-feedback preamplifier architecture
    • Low noise (-129 dBu EIN) microphone input
    • Noise and distortion optimized at all gain settings
    • Independent 48V phantom power, phase, high-pass filter, and pad for each channel
    • Dedicated line-level signal path provides performance identical to other (AIO8E) input channels
    • Gold contact relays for distortion-free signal routing
    • Seamless integration with the Aurora(n) mixing and routing engine
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  • 1Description
  • Aurora(ⁿ) 16 TB - 16 Channel AD/DA Converter with LT-TB Thunderbolt Card
    Connections
    Digital I/O LT-TB LSlot interface with dual Thunderbolt ports, 16 x channel I/Os
    Analog I/O 2 x 25-pin female D-sub, analog in 1-16
    2 x 25-pin female D-sub, analog out 1-16
    Word Clock I/O 1 x BNC Word clock in
    3 x BNC Word clock outs
    Compatibility Supports Lynx LSlot expansion cards
    Line Inputscuvetbrw
    THD + N -113 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 22 Hz to 22 kHz filter)
    Dynamic Range 119 dBA, -60 dBFS signal)
    Frequency Response Deviation ± 0.01 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz band)
    Crosstalk -130 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
    Full Scale Trim Settings +6 dBV, 20 dBu
    Line Outputscuvetbrw
    THD + N -108 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 22 Hz to 22 kHz filter)
    Dynamic Range 120 dBA, -60 dBFS signal)
    Frequency Response Deviation ± 0.025 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz band)
    Crosstalk -130 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
    Full Scale Trim Settings +6 dBV, 20 dBu
    Headphone Output
    THD + N -108 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 22 Hz to 22 kHz filter)
    Dynamic Range 120 dBA, -60 dBFS signal)
    Frequency Response Deviation ± 0.025 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz band)
    Crosstalk -120 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS)
    Output Level +18.4 dBu, maximum
    Clocking
    Clock SynchroLock-2
    Jitter 300,000:1 reduction in jitter
    Lock Time 5 seconds
    microSD Recorder/Player
    Channels Up to 32 channels at 96 kHz
    Up to 16 channels at 192 kHz
    Record Time 8.3 hours on 256 GB card (32 channels, 96 kHz)
    66.3 hours on 2 TB card (32 channels, 96 kHz)
    General
    AC Power Universal power supply (built-in)
    Form Factor 1 RU
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.4 x 15.5 x 4.1"
  • LM-PRE4 Module for Aurora(ⁿ) Converters
    Line Input
    THD+N -113 dB (0.00022%) at 1 kHz, -1 dBFS with 20 kHz filter
    Dynamic Range 119 dB (A-weighted, -60 dBFS method)
    Frequency Response Deviation over 20 Hz to 20 kHz at -1 dBFS: 0.010 dB
    Crosstalk -138 dB max (adjacent channel, -1 dBFS, 1 kHz)
    Common Mode Rejection 75 dB minimum at -1 dBFS, 60 Hz and 1 kHz
    Input Level Full-Scale for A/D: 20 dBu
    Input Impedance 200 kOhms balanced, 100 kOhms unbalanced
    Gain Fixed settings
    Connector Female XLR on Neutrik combo jack
    Microphone Input
    THD+N -111 dB (0.00028%) at 21.6 dB gain (1 kHz, -1 dBFS with 20 kHz filter)
    Dynamic Range 116 dB at 21.6 dB gain (A-weighted, -60 dBFS method)
    Crosstalk -127 dB max at 41.6 dB gain (Adjacent channel, -1 dBFS, 1 kHz)
    Input Level Full-scale for A/D: 28.7 dBu at 5.6 dB gain with pad
    Gain Steps in dB 5.6 / 13.6 dB to 68.6 dB in steps of 1 dB
    High Pass Filter 80 Hz, 12 dB / octave
    EIN -129 dBu at 61.6 dB gain (A-weighted)
    Frequency Response Deviation over 20 Hz to 20 kHz at -1 dBFS: +0.01 / -0.08 dB maximum at all gain settings
    Common Mode Rejection 75 dB minimum at 61.6 dB gain (-1 dBFS, 60 Hz, and 1 kHz)
    Input Impedance 2.1 kOhms
    Pad 13.6 dB attenuation
    Connector Female XLR on Neutrik combo jack
    Hi-Z Input
    THD+N -109 dB (0.00035%) at 21.6 dB gain (1 kHz, -1 dBFS with 20 kHz filter)
    Dynamic Range 114 dB at 21.6 dB gain (A-weighted, -60 dBFS method)
    Crosstalk -132 dB at 21.6 dB gain (Adjacent channel, -1 dBFS, 1 kHz)
    Input Impedance 1 MOhm unbalanced (TS), 2 MOHms balanced (TRS)
    EIN -129 dBu at 61.6 dB gain
    Frequency Response Deviation over 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 1 DBFS: +0.01 / -0.08dB max (all gain settings)
    Connector TRS on Neutrik combo jack
    General
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer

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