Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel D/A & 8-Channel AES I/O

Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel D/A & 8-Channel AES I/O

Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel D/A & 8-Channel AES I/O

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Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel D/A & 8-Channel AES I/O

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  • Modular Design for Flexible I/O Setups
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • 8 x Balanced Analog Outputs via XLR
  • 8-Channel AES3 I/O via DB25
  • 1/4" Stereo Headphone Output
  • Versatile Clocking & Routing Options
  • Low Distortion & Noise
  • Adjustable Output Levels
  • Onboard Display & Comprehensive Controls
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Prism Sound ADA-8XR overview

  • 1Description

The Prism Sound ADA-8XR Audio Interface with 8-Channel D/A & 8-Channel AES I/O is a 24-bit / 192 kHz modular audio interface offering flexible inputs and outputs, versatile clocking, and configurable routing, for demanding music and film production scenarios. It includes two I/O modules and a utility module for eight balanced analog line-level puts via XLR 3-pin jacks, eight channels of AES3 digital in and out via a transformer-coupled DB25 connector, a 1/4" stereo headphone output, and more. A 4.9' DB25 to XLR breakout cable is supplied for simplified hookup of AES-capable equipment. With wide dynamic range, adjustable levels and low distortion and noise, it delivers high-quality audio performance that is easily customized using the onboard display and comprehensive controls.

  • ADA-8XR Frame Audio Interface Chassis (No I/O Modules)

    The Prism Sound ADA-8XR Frame is a rack-mountable 2 RU audio interface chassis designed to deliver versatile clocking and configurability for producers, musicians, and audio engineers in home, project, and commercial studios. Its modular design yields flexible I/O arrangements thanks to four I/O module slots—two analog and two digital. A variety of modules (available separately) can be installed for access to multichannel analog/digital inputs and outputs as well as Pro Tools or FireWire workstation connectivity.

    The ADA-8XR Frame supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz, and can clock internally or to external AES3, AES11, word clock, or Pro Tools Loop Sync. The built-in Utility Module provides stereo analog RCA and digital BNC audio outputs, BNC word clock and XLR AES11 sync I/O, and a DB9 serial communications port. Additionally, the front panel has a 1/4" stereo headphone output along with assignable 8-channel bargraph meters. An onboard display and comprehensive controls enable efficient adjustment of parameters, which can be quickly stored and recalled via factory and user presets. The ADA-8XR Frame comes with no I/O modules, ready for custom configurations.

    Modular architecture accommodates special configurations and provides future-proofing with individually upgradeable A/D conversion, D/A conversion, DSP, digital interfacing, and utility hardware
    Supports sample rates up to 192 kHz
    2-channel monitor section follows channel pairs or a mix of all channels
    8-channel assignable bargraph meter array with over-detection
    Renowned Prism Sound jitter-rejecting PLL technology and low-jitter master clock
    Flexible synchronization options including sync to AES11, word clock, or video sync
    Flexible routing allows creation of digital-to-digital processing paths for processing or format conversion
    SNS noise-shapers preserves dynamic quality during 16-/20-bit transfers
    MR-X bit-splitting allows extended bit depths and sample rates on 16-bit media
    DRE (Dynamic Range Enhancement) enables 24-bit performance on 16-bit stereo media without sacrificing tracks
    Optional DSP expansion facility for extended processing features including synchronous sample-rate conversion
    Comprehensive store system for fast-access factory and user presets
    Unique "Access button" layout combines the flexibility of menus with the speed of dedicated controls
    Internet-upgradeable software loads from your computer into flash memory inside the ADA-8XR
    Rack-mountable enclosure occupies 2 RU of rack space
    UPC: 669014270986
  • 8C-DA 8-Channel D/A Module for ADA-8XR Interface

    The Prism Sound 8C-DA is an 8-channel D/A module offering uncompromising digital-to-analog conversion for producers, musicians, and audio engineers using a Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface in a variety of studio environments. Exhibiting low noise, minimal distortion, and high dynamic range, it features 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters, which feed analog line level to eight balanced XLR 3-pin male outputs.

    For precise calibration and gain optimization, each channel offers output level adjustments in 0.5 dBu increments and output trim tweaks in 0.05 dBu steps. The 8C-DA easily installs into an analog I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately).

    Adds eight analog line-level outputs to your Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface
    Supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz
    Output level (0.5 dBu increments) and trim (0.05 dBu increments) are adjustable via the host ADA-8XR's menu system
    Eight balanced XLR 3-pin male input jacks
    UPC: 669014270511
  • 8C-AES 8-Channel AES I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface

    The Prism Sound 8C-AES is an 8-channel AES I/O module offering flexible digital input and output configurations for producers, musicians, and audio engineers using a Prism Sound Dream ADA-8XR audio interface in a variety of studio environments. It supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, AES3 and S/PDIF channel status, and one- and two-wire modes. One transformer-coupled DB25 connector accommodates eight channels in and out and can be wired to XLR-equipped gear via the supplied 4.9' DB25 to XLR breakout cable.

    The input and output sections are independent, which allows them to operate at different sample rates, sync to different clock sources, and utilize different impedances. The 8C-AES easily installs into the upper or lower digital I/O slot of a Dream ADA-8XR (available separately).

    Eight channels of digital audio I/O on four AES3 carriers in each direction
    Input and output sections are independent and may be assigned to different paths with different sample rates, sync sources, and more
    Accommodates sample rates up to 192 kHz in Split96 (two-wire) or high-speed (one-wire) mode, and can output consumer (S/PDIF) or professional (AES3) channel status
    Inputs and outputs can be jumpered to comply with AES3 or S/PDIF carrier voltage levels and impedances
    Supplied breakout cable features a DB25 male connector on one end and eight XLR connectors (four female and four male) on the other
    Easily installs in an ADA-8XR upper slot (DIO1) if no workstation I/O card is fitted, or in the lower slot (DIO2) if a workstation card is fitted
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Power Cable
  • BNC to RCA Connector
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • DB25 to XLR AES3 Breakout Cable (4.9')
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • ADA-8XR Frame Audio Interface Chassis (No I/O Modules)
    Outputs 1 x RCA analog stereo pair (electronically balanced)
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone jack
    1 x BNC digital stereo output (AES-3id or S/PDIF)
    Module Slot 2 x analog I/O module slots
    2 x digital I/O module slots
    1 x utility slot
    1 x internal DSP expansion slot
    Sync I/O 1 x BNC input (word clock, AES, or video in)
    1 x BNC output (word clock)
    1 x XLR 3-pin female input (AES11)
    1 x XLR 3-pin male output (AES11)
    Serial Communication 1 x DB9 male connector (RS-232, RS485, MIDI)
    Input Impedance XLR: 110 Ohms
    BNC (Sync): 75 Ohms
    Output Impedance RCA: 50 Ohms
    1/4": 115 Ohms
    XLR: 110 Ohms
    BNC (Sync): 75 Ohms
    Headroom RCA: 0 dBFS = +15 dBu, +18 dBu, +21 dBu, or +24 dBu
    Gain Accuracy RCA: 0.05 dB
    THD + N RCA: -101 dB (0.0009%) at 997 Hz, -1 dBFS
    Dynamic Range RCA: 105 dB at 997 Hz, -60 dBFS
    Channel Separation RCA: >120 dB at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity 1/4": 4.7 Vp-p
    Bit Depth Up to 24-bit
    Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
    Clock Precision Ultra-High-Precision Mode: 0.15%
    High-Precision Mode: 6%
    Internal: 25 ppm
    Jitter Rejection Filter Corner Frequency: 80 Hz (approximately)
    Slope: 60 dB/decade
    Attenuation: >60 dB above 700 Hz
    DSP Super Noise Shaping (SNS): TPDF dither plus 4 curve shapes, intelligent "auto-dither-defeat" system
    MR-X Bit-Mapping: 20-bit/24-bit/hi-rate on 16-bit tracks, 24-bit/hi-rate on 20-bit tracks
    DRE: 20-bit dynamic range on 16-bit tracks, 24-bit dynamic range on 20-bit tracks
    Meters Overload Indicator Threshold: 1 sample full scale or -0.05 dBFS
    Power Requirement 90 to 125 VAC or 180 to 250 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 60 W
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 19.0 x 15.4 x 3.5" / 483 x 390 x 88 mm
    Weight 16.5 lb / 7.5 kg
  • 8C-DA 8-Channel D/A Module for ADA-8XR Interface
    Outputs 8 x XLR 3-pin male (balanced)
    Output Impedance 50 Ohms
    Input Range +5 to +24 dBu in 1 dBu steps, trims in 0.05 dBu steps
    Gain Accuracy 0.05 dB
    Balance Output Balance: 54 dB
    THD + N -102 dB (0.0007%) at 997 Hz, -1 dBFS
    Dynamic Range 108 dB at 997 Hz, -60 dBFS
    Intermodulation Distortion (SMPTE) < -94 dB (60 Hz at -3 dBFS, 7 kHz at -12 dBFS)
    Spurious Maximum Aharmonic Spurium: < -130 dBFS (997 Hz at -1 dBFS)
    Frequency Response 44.1 kHz: 5 Hz to 20.8 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 22 kHz (-3 dB)
    48 kHz: 5.1 Hz to 22.6 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 23.9 kHz (-3 dB)
    96 kHz: 5.1 Hz to 38.9 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 47.4 kHz (-3 dB)
    192 kHz: 5.2 Hz to 37.2 kHz (-0.05 dB), 1.4 Hz to 74.4 kHz (-3 dB)
    Passband Ripple <0.005 dB
    Inter-Channel Differential Phase <0.02°
    Channel Separation 1 kHz: >115 dB
    20 Hz to 20 kHz: >110 dB
    Latency 44.1 kHz: 49.5 samples / 1.12 ms
    48 kHz: 49.5 samples / 1.03 ms
    96 kHz: 49.5 samples / 0.52 ms
    192 kHz: 49.5 samples / 0.26 ms
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.9 x 7.1 x 1.2" / 20 x 18 x 3 cm
    Weight 0.7 lb / 0.3 kg
  • 8C-AES 8-Channel AES I/O Module for ADA-8XR Interface
    I/O Connections 1 x DB25 female (transformer coupled)
    Impedance AES3 Mode: 110 Ohms
    S/PDIF Mode: 75 Ohms
    Output Signal Amplitude AES Mode: 3.2 V p-p (loaded)
    S/PDIF Mode: 0.5 V p-p (loaded)
    Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
    One-wire or two-wire (Split96) input and output modes are supported at 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and 192 kHz
    Bit Depth 16-bit, 20-bit, 24-bit
    Channel Support Consumer (S/PDIF) or professional (AES3)
    Jitter Tolerance Below 200 Hz: 15 UI p-p
    Above 8 kHz: 0.5 UI p-p*1 (UI = 163 ns at 48 kHz)
    Latency 44.1 kHz: 34 samples / 0.77 ms
    48 kHz: 34 samples / 0.71 ms
    96 kHz: 34 samples / 0.35 ms
    192 kHz: 34 samples / 0.18 ms
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.6" / 11 x 17 x 4 cm
    Weight 0.2 lb / 0.1 kg

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