Elephone wrote:Thanks... but what is the actual observable difference though? Is it a type of distortion or is it low background noise, or both?
I mean, would it more important to use high-end converters for recording music with quieter passages, like say a solo violin piece (or if you want to record a pin drop) ...or is the result better in terms of fidelity to the actual programme waveforms (noise aside) or both?
You just asked the Emporer why he is naked.
All you are going to get is highly vague, subjective answers, that really aren't answers at all.
Sure, you can tell a "Difference" but that difference is not a standard objective quality, that becomes more pleasing as you spend more cash.
I KNOW I like my Audient converters (Which are Burr Brows) better than the Focusrite ones, but as I describe what I like better, it seems I am describing the results of an analog path I prefer, not better ADDA converters. I probably like the preamps better, because when I skip the pres and go straight to the converters from the insert, then I'm not so sure anymore, I'm still pretty sure I like the Audient (Burr Browns) better...but now it's "elusive"
Also, if you need to pull out a scope, to "Proove" it's better, then it isn't better, your slight bump at 90 hz doesn't impress me if it needs to be SEEN to make its self known.
All in all, I believe AD/DA converters to be one of many scams being pulled in all areas of business, where prestige and ego are skillfully tied to factors that do little but stroke the aforementioned locals.
Yes, converters DO improve here and there over the years, but not nearly as often as the industry tells you they do, they are also a CHEAP CHIP. If a new converter hits the market, and it makes things sound better, it won't be long till EVERYONE is using it, or a copy.
For that reason, it may be expedient to make sure you use somewhat "Up to date" converters, but blowing money on "Top of the line" AD/DA is money down the toilet. The analog path is where the money is....My advice: Forget converters, keep them up to date and invest in a great analog path too and from.