When it comes to high-end analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, Focusrite have been pioneers in the game since 1996. Even today they are amongst some of the best manufactures of AD/DA converters. So what makes a good AD/DA converter, what are the considerations and how do they do it?
Recently we’ve seen the new ‘Clarett’ range of Thunderbolt interfaces by Focusrite, which are receiving some great reviews. For me however, it’s their RedNet range of audio-over-IP interfaces that I believe are some of the very best, if not the best AD/DA converters I’ve ever heard. They sure know a thing or two about converting audio in and out of the digital world.
Focusrite have published a compelling interview with (the now retired) Dr Dave Malham from the University of York who was responsible for the design of their famous Blue 245 mastering A-D converter. Malham re-visits the events and troubles they faced that led up to the design of the 245, and voices his very clear thoughts about selecting good AD/DA converters today.
This is a great watch and an interesting read for any audio gear-head. I highly recommend a quick browse.
Focusrite’s dedicated web page can be found here: https://uk.focusrite.com/precision-conversion
Here’s the YouTube video of retired Experimental Officer, Dr Dave Malham: