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Universal Audio debuted its 2192 Dual Digital to Analog and Analog to Digital Converter at the Audio Engineering Society Convertion in Los Angeles. True to the company motto, Analog Ears; Digital Minds, the 2192 Dual DA/AD Converter is the first product to combine Universal Audio's expertise in high-quality vintage analog gear with advanced digital designs. The 2192, a single rack unit, provides simple front panel controls, supports sample rates up to 192K, and transcodes between AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT in realtime, with single and dual wire AES modes.
"What really sets the 2192 apart from other DA/AD converters," said Universal Audio VP of Engineering Joe Bryan, "is its John Hinson-designed Class-A analog circuitry, which has exceptional detail and image clarity, yet retains the warmth and character of the original source at all sample rates."
The 2192 offers tremendous flexibility in signal routing and monitoring. You can, for example, run signal into the analog inputs at sample rates ranging from 44.1K to 192K, and simultaneously output it to AES/EBU (single- or dual-wire), S/PDIF and ADAT (with industry standard S-MUX interleaving for sample rates above 48kHz). The selectable output monitor allows you to monitor any of the digital inputs, or the analog input with no interruption to the transcoding, making the 2192 a hub in any personal or professional studio integrating the best of analog and digital technologies.
The 2192 also serves as a digital to analog and analog to digital converter. If, for example, you're working on a digital console or workstation that utilizes higher sample rates, the 2192 will dramatically improve your monitoring environment and the quality of your analog masters. As a front end for a native workstation, the 2192 provides two channels of sterling sound quality for tracking, monitoring and mastering.
Universal Audio will begin shipping the 2192 in the fourth quarter of 2002. A retail price has not yet been announced.