Sparrow mkII ADC
Black Lion Audio proudly introduces our completely redesigned, 2-channel analog-to-digital converter, the Sparrow mkII! There is an obvious need for affordable, yet good-quality converters within the professional and project studio world. Certainly there are great two-channel systems available, but they are prohibitively expensive. Those that are within reach of the project studio’s budget usually suffer from the poor sonic qualities that plague mass-produced studio equipment. We have made it our mission to develop superior-quality, boutique audio equipment at very “un-boutique,” affordable prices, and the Sparrow mkII is exactly that!
The Sparrow mkII is housed in a 1U, ½ rack chassis, featuring XLR and ¼” balanced inputs, LED metering, BNC word clock I/O, AES output, coax & optical S/PDIF output, and user selectable input level calibration that accommodates nominal input signal levels from +11dBu down to -10dBV. It features sampling rates from 44.1kHz -192kHz, with clocking architecture that features low jitter and wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators. Because of the quality of the clock multiplier and PLL recovery stages, performance will not degrade should the converter be synchronized to a lower quality word clock reference.
The A/D conversion process is a tricky beast to tame. Because conversion requires so much current movement, there are plenty of places for unwanted noise to be created, both within the signal chain and in the power supply. As we began to research and test approaches to converter design, we discovered a unique way to reduce these unwanted artifacts, one that’s not cost prohibitive to implement and works better than traditional approaches. We coupled this proprietary converter circuit to a high-speed, high-headroom analog stage that can capture the smallest nuances and micro-dynamics. The result is unparalleled: a mastering grade, two-channel A/D converter that not only has an enormous sound with pinpoint imaging, but also has a smooth, open sonic quality and a wonderfully rich midrange. No other converter sounds like a Sparrow mkII.
Our Sparrow mkII features 4 input stage trim presets and a single amplifier before the converter for simplicity and purity of signal path. Power supply filtration is designed around latest-generation high grade capacitors, ensuring low power supply noise. This is an A/D whose sonic performance is as good or better than the top A/D’s currently available; once you use the Sparrow mkII A/D converter, your standards will be forever changed!
The Sparrow mkII ADC is available in two different versions:
Sparrow mkII White
Keep In Mind…
In addition to its incredible cost-performance ratio, what makes the Sparrow mkII so unique is that the design is modular and completely upgradable. The converter circuitry and the analog circuitry are housed on separate, fully interchangeable cards. This means both the analog and converter path can be altered or upgraded by simply changing out circuit boards. So, if you wish to upgrade from the Sparrow mkII RED to the Sparrow mkII WHITE, this can be accommodated very easily & affordably!
Balanced inputs (XLR or ¼”)
Selectable user input level calibration
Word clock input and output
Sampling rates from 44.1kHz -192kHz
AES, coax S/PDIF, and optical S/PDIF digital outputs
Accommodates nominal input signal levels from +11dBu down to -10dBV
1U high, ½ space rack mount chassis
User selectable 110/220 voltage input
120dB Red Sparrow Unweighted
122dB for the White Sparrow Unweighted
Max analog input before digital clipping: >+24dBu
Inputs: Balanced Analog = TRS and XLR, Clock = 75 Ohm BNC
SPDIF = Coaxial (75 Ohm) and Optical, AES-EBU (110 Ohm)
Word Clock = 75 Ohm BNC
Word Clock Lock = indicator LED
Sampling rates: 44.1kHz – 192kHz
Bit rate: 24 bit
Latency: ≤ 65/Fs
Digital Audio Output Level Indicator: Bi-Color LED (Green/Amber/Red)
BLA Black Lion Audio White Sparrow MK2 MKII ADC
- Brand: Black Lion Audio
- Product Code: BLA Black Lion Audio White Sparr
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: $1,999.00