DigiBox V-ADDA - Digital to Analogue, Analogue to Digital

The V-ADDA A/D and D/A converter is a 1U rack-mount which produces an AES/EBU or S/PDIF level digital audio output from a balanced XLR or unbalanced phono stereo audio input. It also produces a stereo balanced XLR or unbalanced phono output from an incoming AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signal. The unit operates in four modes:

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Master Mode

In this mode the unit receives an analogue audio signal, which is digitised and formatted for digital serial transmission (IEC958). The necessary clock signals are generated internally from an on board master clock at a selectable rate (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz).

Slave Mode

In this mode the unit automatically detects the presence of a digital audio sync signal, if present at the digital input, and synchronises the digital output to it. If no sync is present, no output will be generated.

Auto Mode

Here the unit synchronises to the digital audio sync signal if present at the digital input and uses the internal master clock only if no sync input signal is detected. In this case, the internal master clock is used at the selected sample rate.

Auto Lock Mode

This operates like the auto mode except that if no sync input signal is detected, it will use the internal master clock to sync to the sample rate which was last clocked to.

When operating in sync modes, the front panel power LED flashes whenever the unit is not synchronised to the incoming digital signal.

The analogue inputs have left and right level controls using pre-set potentiometers and DIP switches allowing a signal range from +9dBu to +27dBu. The RCA phono inputs have a further 10dB gain incorporated to give a total gain range of -1dBu to +17dBu for full-scale digits.

The analogue outputs have an output level control, allowing full-scale settings selectable from +12dBu, +18dBu or +24dBu. There are factory-set internal level controls for the analogue outputs allowing gain adjustment of ±1dB.

There are buttons to select either the AES/EBU or S/PDIF input or output for the D/A and A/D sections respectively. The output bit depth can be selected from 16, 20 or 24 bits. Inputs of a different bit depth to the output are dithered using a noise filter.

For the digital output, there is a switch available to define the content of the channel status bits embedded within the digital audio stream. The status bits can be forced to either Professional or Consumer Mode.

Additionally, if de-emphasis is selected, the V-ADDA will decode 50/15µs emphasis when indicated by certain channel status bits in the incoming digital audio data.

The V-ADDA has a calibration routine for optimum performance, which allows the noise floor and dynamic range to improve by 1-2dB. The calibration cycle operates by calibrating the gain and the zero reference of the A/D converter.

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V-DAC Digital to Audio Converter

Using 24 bit, 96kHz capable devices, the RB-DAC1 D/A Converter is a 1U rack-mount which produces a stereo balanced XLR or unbalanced phono output from an incoming AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signal. There is also a headphone output with volume control for monitoring purposes.

Specifications for V-ADDA
D to A Conversion
Maximum Output Level: +24dBu balanced output, +14dBu unbalanced output
Output Impedance <50Ω balaned, <75Ω unbalanced
Dynamic Range: <100dB
Gain Range: Selectable 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu output level, ref FSD
D to A Connections:
Digital Inputs: 1x AES/EBU XLR 3 pin female
1x S/PDIF RCA phono
Analogue Outputs: 2x XLR 3 pin male (balanced)
2x RCA phono
A to D Conversion:
Maximum Input Level: +27dBu balanced inputs, +17 dBu unbalanced inputs
Input Impedance: <10kΩ unbalanced, <20kΩ bridging balanced
Dynamic Range: <110dB
Gain Range: Adjustable input gain of ±3dB on 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu, red FSD
Distortion and Noise: <96dB THD + N at kHz
A to D Connections:
Analogue Inputs: 2x XLR 3 pin (balanced) 2x RCA phono (unbalanced)
Digital Outputs: 1x AES/EBU CLR 3 pin male
1x S/PDIF RCA phono
Mains Input: Filtered IEC, switchable 110-120V, or 220-240V, fused, 10W max
Fuse Rating: Anti-surge fuse 100mA 20 x 5mm (230VAC)
Anti-surge fuse 250mA 20 x 5mm (115VAC)
Physical Specifications:
Dimensions (Raw): 480 x 108 x 42mm
Dimensions (Boxed): 585 x 225 x 70mm