Why not all A to D converters are created equal

How does an A to D converter work, and why are some better than others? To answer that, we have to get technical.

An analog to digital convertor takes thousands of snapshots of your signal every second and reproduces the sound in bits and bytes, which is the language of computers and storage devices.

There are only a couple companies that make A to D convertors.

This means many products on the market contain the same part that does the actual work of converting your analog audio to digital.

So, you’d think they’d all sound the same, but they don’t. Analog to digital conversion is as much an art as it is an engineering exercise.

The great convertors isolate the analog and digital power supplies for ultra clean power.

This ensures the analog signal is stable and will be accurately sampled — they carefully treat the analog signal path, and they ensure that the converter is clocked with an ultra-low jitter source all on behalf of ensuring an accurate sampling of your signal.

—Darrell Smith


Darrell SmithDarrell Smith is passionate about technical design that unlocks creative freedom for artists and artistic organizations. Darrell has a unique professional background shaped by over 25 years of studio production, touring, product design for pro audio manufacturers and technical design for churches and venues in the US and Canada. www.kungpowpro.com