As an owner and user of Ferrofish converters, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the announcement of their new A32 Dante. As you will see from the excerpts from the press release (below) - the A32 Dante expands upon their growing line of high end AD/DA converters (designed by Jürgen Kindermann [founder of Ferrofish], who created the original A16 back in his days with Creamware).
"Ferrofish, a leading manufacturer of advanced audio solutions, proudly announces the introduction of the Ferrofish A32 AD / DA converter with support for Dante audio networking. Designed to streamline system cabling in both live and installed sound applications, the A32 Dante supports a wide range of audio formats, incorporates leading edge technology, and can also serve as a hi-end audio format converter. With its Dante audio networking capability, the new Ferrofish A32 Dante makes a terrific choice for studio, live, and installed applications.
The A32 Dante supports a wealth of audio formats—making it an exceptional choice for a myriad of environments. The unit supports 64 channels of MADI I/O, 32 channels of ADAT optical I/O, and 32 channels of analog I/O. Additionally, any ADAT optical connector can be used alternatively as an S/PDIF or AES/EBU interface. Because of this wealth of I/O choices, the unit is also a very capable audio format converter while simultaneously functioning as an AD / DA converter. Audio can be freely routed (in groups of 8) between all interfaces. As an example, it is possible to use the first 32 Dante channels for converting to analog while using the remaining 32 Dante channels to connect the A32 Dante with ADAT equipment.
To ensure the finest audio quality, the new A32 Dante employs 24-bit 192 kHz high quality converters with analog gain switches. The gains of each channel can be separately adjusted in 0.5 dB steps, and the standard levels (+4 dBu, +13 dBu und +20 dBu) are switched in the analog domain, ensuring the full analog performance of the converter is preserved."