Black Lion Audio White Sparrow mk2 Analog to Digital Converter


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"Finally, a converter that sounds EXACTLY like what I hear coming out of my SSL. The White Sparrow mk2 is the cleanest way to go from A to D."  --Tom Lord-Alge (Four-time Grammy winning producer and mixing engineer of:The Rolling Stones, U2, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Marilyn Manson, Oasis, 30 Seconds to Mars, Korn, Weezer, The Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Coldplay, Jeff Beck and Earth, Wind & Fire)

The Sparrow mk2 is housed in a 1U 1/2 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 signal calibration accommodating nominal input signal levels from +11dBu down to -10dBV. It features sampling rates from 44.1kHz -192kHz, with a clocking architecture that features low jitter and wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators, and because of the quality of the clock multiplier and PLL recovery stages, performance will not degrade should the converter be syncronized to a lower quality word clock reference.

The White Sparrow mk2 represents a portion of Black Lion Audio's research into delta sigma conversion and clocking architecture. What sets it apart from the rest of the pack? For one thing, instead of using one converter for stereo conversion, it employs two converters in a parallel-balanced circuit to increase converter dynamic range. Add to this their unique approach to converter configuration, the 220/270SP master clock with wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators, advanced PLL recovery, and a low noise analog path, and all of these elements together will yield the richest, clearest and fattest sounding A/D converter to ever have set foot in your recording studio. The Sparrow mk2 WHITE quite simply outperforms the FM192, making it among the best two-channel A/D converters available in the pro audio market today, period.

•    Balanced inputs (XLR or ¼")
•    Selectable user calibration
•    Word clock input and output
•    Sampling rates from 44.1kHz -192kHz
•    AES, coax S/PDIF, and optical S/PDIF
•    LED metering
•    Accommodates nominal input signal levels from +11dBu down to -10dBV
•    1U high, ½ space rack mount chassis
•    User selectable 110/220 voltage input

  • Dynamic range:  122dB for the White Sparrow Unweighted (124dB A-Weighted)
  • Max analog input before digital clipping:   >+24dBu
  • Inputs:   Balanced Analog =  TRS and XLR, Clock = 75 Ohm BNC
  • Outputs:   SPDIF = Coaxial (75 Ohm) and Optical, AES-EBU (110 Ohm)
  • 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)

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