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Black Lion Audio Red Sparrow 2 D/A Converter

A dedicated DAC can help you hear details in your tracks and make better mix decisions. With the Red Sparrow feeding your monitors, your ears will thank you. Rate and review this product
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Black Lion Audio proudly offers the Sparrow D/A converter. Designed around the 32-bit-capable ESS9012 chip, the Sparrow D/A features wide dynamic range and detailed, musical conversion that's as functional in the project studio as it is in the mastering facility.

This Red Sparrow model offers similar performance to the FM192 converter's D/A, with wider dynamic range than the FM192. The Sparrow D/A features user selectable AES, coax SPDIF, and optical SPDIF for input connectivity. Output connections include both balanced XLR for pro studio, consumer level RCA for home stereo, and a high-current Walt Jung-inspired headphone output. Two mute buttons allow for independent control of line or headphone signals. Front panel volume control governs headphone outputs, and line output level is fixed.

There's a debate in the industry: which is more important, a good A/D or a good D/A? Both are equally important but for different reasons. When it comes to tracking, it's difficult to make up for the sonic influences of poor A/D conversion. Certainly a good D/A will help with instrument placement within a mix, but it can't alleviate the bloated, grainy, and wooly qualities inherent in poor A/D conversion. But a good D/A can make your source come alive. Whether you're simply listening to program material or mixing a project, a good D/A will help prevent listening fatigue and make editing and mixdown decisions much easier. There's a reason why engineers like Tom Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati, and Mike Shipley use Black Lion Audio converters.

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- THD+N: 0.0005% (20kHz BW, 20-20kHz, @-10dBFS)
- IMD: < 0.0015% SMPTE (1:1) 60Hz + 2k~20kHz typical
- Crosstalk : < 100dB (@20kHz all gain settings)
- Frequency Response: (@ 192kHz Sample Rate) +/-.5dBu 10Hz ~ 80kHz
- Size: 10.25 x 8 x 1.75 in.
- Weight: 5lbs.
- Shipping Weight: 6.5lbs.
- Power Consumption: 14W
- Recommended operating temperature: 0 ~ 40*C
- Storage Temperature: -25 ~ 50*C
- Output Impedance: < 10 Ohms
- Dynamic Range: 125 dB for the Red Sparrow, unweighted 20 Hz - 20 kHz bandwidth using AES-17 standard.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 9 in
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