Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter

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Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter

Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter, a no frills sonic champion! A Front End Audio favorite.

Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter Details
The Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A converter is a 1U rack-mount which produces an AES/EBU or S/PDIF level digital audio output from a balanced XLR or unbalanced phono stereo audio input. It also produces a stereo balanced XLR or unbalanced phono output from an incoming AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signal.
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Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter Features

The unit operates in four modes:

  • Master Mode - In this mode the unit receives an analogue audio signal, which is digitised and formatted for digital serial transmission (IEC958). The necessary clock signals are generated internally from an on board master clock at a selectable rate (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz).
  • Slave Mode - In this mode the unit automatically detects the presence of a digital audio sync signal, if present at the digital input, and synchronises the digital output to it. If no sync is present, no output will be generated.
  • Auto Mode - Here the unit synchronises to the digital audio sync signal if present at the digital input and uses the internal master clock only if no sync input signal is detected. In this case, the internal master clock is used at the selected sample rate.
  • Auto Lock Mode - This operates like the auto mode except that if no sync input signal is detected, it will use the internal master clock to sync to the sample rate which was last clocked to.
When operating in sync modes, the front panel power LED flashes whenever the unit is not synchronised to the incoming digital signal.

The analogue inputs have left and right level controls using pre-set potentiometers and DIP switches allowing a signal range from +9dBu to +27dBu. The RCA phono inputs have a further 10dBu gain incorporated to give a total gain range of -1dBu to +17dBu for full-scale digits. The analogue outputs have an output level control, allowing full-scale settings selectable from +12dBu, +18dBu or +24dBu. There are factory-set internal level controls for the analogue outputs allowing gain adjustment of ±1dB.

There are buttons to select either the AES/EBU or S/PDIF input or output for the D/A and A/D sections respectively.

The output bit depth can be selected from 16, 20 or 24 bits. Inputs of a different bit depth to the output are dithered using a psychoacoustic noise filter.

For the digital output, there is a switch available to define the content of the channel status bits embedded within the digital audio stream. The channel status bits will be forced to Professional Mode for sample rates above 48kHz as they are not supported by the Consumer Mode. For sample rates of 32kHz, 44.1kHz and 48kHz, the status bits can be forced to either Professional or Consumer Mode.

Additionally, if de-emphasis is selected, the RB-ADDA will decode 50/15µs emphasis when indicated by certain channel status bits in the incoming digital audio data.

The RB-ADDA has a calibration routine for optimum performance, which allows the noise floor and dynamic range to improve by 1-2dB. The calibration cycle operates by calibrating the gain and the zero reference of the A/D converter.

Sonifex RB-ADDA A/D and D/A Converter Specifications


Analogue to Digital Conversion

  • Maximum Input Level: +27dBu balanced inputs, +17dBu unbalanced inputs
  • Input Impedance: >10kohms unbalanced, >20kohms bridging unbalanced
  • Dynamic Range: >110dB
  • Gain Range: Adjustable input gain of +/-3dB on 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu, ref FSD
  • Distortion and Noise: >96dB THD + N at 1kHz

A/D Connections:

  • Analogue Inputs
    2 x XLR 3 pin (balanced)
    2 x RCA phono (unbalanced)
  • Digital Outputs
    1 x AES/EBU XLR 3 pin male
    1 x S/PDIF RCA phono
  • Mains Input: Filtered IEC, switchable 110-120V, or 220-240V, fused, 10W max

Digital to Analogue Conversion

  • Maximum Output Level: +24dBu balanced inputs, +14dBu unbalanced inputs
  • Output Impedance: <50ohms balanced, <75ohms unbalanced
  • Dynamic Range: >100dB
  • Gain Range: Selectable 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu output level, ref FSD

D/A Connections

  • Digital Inputs:
    1 x AES/EBU XLR 3 pin female
    1 x S/PDIF RCA phono
  • Analogue Outputs:
    2 x XLR 3 pin male (balanced)
    2 x RCA phono (unbalanced)

Operational Controls

  • Analogue Input Select
  • XLR or phono, via push-switch
  • Digital Output Select
  • AES/EBU or S/PDIF, via push-switch
  • Digital Input Select
  • AES/EBU or S/PDIF, via push-switch
  • De-emphasis On/Off
  • DIP switch
  • Input Level Adjust
  • DIP switch and preset pots
  • Bit Depth
  • 16, 20 or 24 bits via DIP switch
  • Modes & Frequencies
  • 16 way rotary DIP switch
  • Channel Status Bits
  • Forced to consumer mode or professional mode, via DIP switch
  • Output Level Adjust
  • DIP switch

Physical Specification

  • Weight: Net: 1.6kg
    Gross: 2.2kg
  • Dimensions:
    Raw: 48cm (W) x 10.8cm (D) x 4.2cm (H) (1U)
    Boxed: 53cm (W) x 20.5cm (D) x 6cm (H)

What We Think - Sonifex RB-ADDA Review

Sonifex converters are sonically wonderful boxes! For anyone needing stereo A/D and stereo D/A channels in one box this is a great investment. A â??set and forgetâ? design, adjustments and connections are made on the rear leaving you with an attractive bright red face place. No meters, no front panel gain pots (gain pots on the rear adjust gain over a wide range of level) and no dedicated wordclock (the RB ADDA either acts as master with its internal clock or syncs to incoming signals) just good sounding digital audio that has depth and detail. For no frills high quality sound, you cannot go wrong with the Sonifex Red Box!

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