Lynx Hilo Thunderbolt AD/DA Converter
The Lynx Hilo Thunderbolt AD/DA Converter is designed for audio professionals who demand the purest audio quality with innovative features and control; all wrapped up into a single converter with Thunderbolt connectivity.
Engineered to be a true all-in-one device, Hilo offers class-leading AD/DA conversion, built-in metering and analysis, multiple ins and outs, hyper-flexible routing and monitoring control — all easily saved and recalled via touchscreen, whatever work you do. Hilo completely redefines and evolves the category of the two channel converter. Of utmost importance is the audio signal quality. The completely new design of the analog stages and converter topology for Hilo break new ground in terms of lowering distortion and noise while maintaining transparency for A/D and D/A conversion. Beyond that, Hilo offers extensive I/O capabilities and utilizes the latest FPGA technology with vast resources for control, routing, and signal processing capabilities. Also in development are diagnostic and analysis tools for Hilo. The LCD screen is a natural interface for these functions.
It is impossible to compare Hilo to other two channel AD and DA converters. In fact it is a unique product that is, at first, a little difficult to get your head around. Basically, Hilo replaces three different, critical components. Firstly, Hilo is an analog to digital converter. Secondly, it is also a digital to analog converter. With most companies, these are two separate units. Thirdly, it is an independent headphone amplifier. The headphone section has its own, dedicated D/A converter. This provides two key benefits. First this allows Hilo to offer a headphone output with exceptional clarity and noise specifications. Second, due to Hilo's internal 32 channel mixer, any input set can be routed to the headphone stereo output. This means that a mix that is entirely different from the analog outputs and monitors can be applied to the headphones.
Hilo displays real-time, accurate metering and analysis. Dual horizontal, VU analog, all I/O and spectrum analysis cover all tasks.
Route anything, anywhere. Set independent input levels, channel modes and mute states for each output. Then set unique level offsets for each output. Truly flexible.
One-to-one monitoring. Independently level-match your 4x4 selected sources, then globally control with the master-volume.
Device-wide settings recall. Save custom scenes for different tasks and switch through them in a click.
No need for extra computer software, change any setting directly on Hilo, such as sample rate, clock source or trims.
Lynx Hilo Thunderbolt AD/DA Converter Features
- 3 in one unit AD converter, DA converter and Headphone with its own dedicated D/A converter.
- Pristine, independently coupled 2in, 6out, AD/DA conversion with digital expansion up to 32x32.
- Unique touchscreen interface. Forever upgradable through our free firmware updates.
- Real-time meters and analysis tools, hyper-flexible routing and monitor control.
- Powered by mains or 9-18v DC battery packs for location recording.
- Lynx’s class-leading transparent audio quality.
Lynx Hilo Thunderbolt AD/DA Converter Includes
- Hilo AD/DA Converter
- Thunderbolt Card Pre-Installed
- Power cable
- One Year Warranty
What We Think
The Lynx Hilo is perhaps the best value in an audio interface / digital converter on the market today. Think about it... how much would you spend on all the various components to accomplish all the necessary tasks that the Hilo will superbly do? Much more! The Hilo is perfectly at home in the recording studio as a stereo mix bus converter, in the field as a compact and relatively portable AD/DA interface and headphone amp, and as someone's primary interface for making music - just add the preamps and monitors of your choice and you're on your way - in style. The touchscreen menus are laid out in a simple fashion and offers incredibly realistic ballistics when displaying the PPM and VU meters. Gotta love the VU needles! But the sound is truly fantastic. Lynx really raised the bar - even for them, considering the legacy of their popular Aurora converters.
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