Costa Mesa, CA (May 4, 2011)–Lynx Studio Technology has introduced the Hilo Reference A/D D/A Converter System.
The system provides two channels of “mastering-quality” analog to digital conversion, up to eight channels of digital to analog conversion, a secondary monitor output, and an independent headphone amplifier in a half-rack size. Hilo’s 480×272 touchscreen provides an interface that can adapt to a particular application and be upgraded with enhancements and new features. Initial front panel controls support signal routing and mixing, sample rate selection, clock source options, levels, metering and diagnostic features.
“Hilo completely redefines and evolves the category of the two channel converter,” stated Bob Bauman, Lynx cofounder and chief hardware engineer. “Of utmost importance is the audio signal quality. The completely new design of the analog stages and converter topology for Hilo break new ground in terms of lowering distortion and noise while maintaining transparency for A/D and D/A conversion. Beyond that, Hilo offers extensive I/O capabilities and utilizes the latest FPGA technology with vast resources for control, routing, and signal processing capabilities. I am also very excited about the diagnostic and analysis tools we have on the drawing board for Hilo. The LCD screen is a natural interface for these functions.”
The digital or analog inputs can be routed to three separate outputs—Line Output (with 8 trim settings), Monitor Output, and Headphone Output. The Monitor and Headphone Outputs have volume controls, accessible via faders on the touchscreen or the single knob on the front (offering control in 1/2 dB increments). The Headphone section has its own dedicated D/A converter. This supports the creation of 32-channel headphone mixes independent of the main and monitor outputs.
The digital section offers a range of inputs. AES/EBU inputs and outputs have transformer isolated balanced XLR connectors. SPDIF input and output are available via transformer-coupled coax or optical (TOSLINK) connections. The Optical ports can also be used for up to eight ADAT channels. The ADAT input and output channels are independent from the AES/EBU or S/PDIF coax channels. The Lynx LT-USB LSlot accessory is also included, for computer connectivity. Lynx’s SynchroLock word clock is also included, with Word Clock in and out connections available.
In total, Hilo has 12 total inputs, 16 total outputs plus 32 channels possible via its LSlot port. The unit’s FPGA powers its internal 32 channel mixer.
“In contrast to the concentrated and intricate back panel, Hilo’s front panel is elegant in its simplicity. It has a power switch, headphone jack, multipurpose control and an LCD touchscreen,” explained David A. Hoatson, Lynx cofounder and chief software engineer. “This high-resolution screen does a lot more than replace the buttons on the front panel of most other converters. Of course it handles the basic settings and routing functions, clocking and level settings. The main control screen has ten tabs for all of these plus five stereo meter sets, and faders for the monitor and headphone outputs. Beyond this first screen is where you see more of the innovation and versatility that Hilo offers.”
A second meter screen shows two larger bar-graph style stereo VU meters. Any input or output set can be assigned to each meter. In addition to bar-graph meters, Hilo’s touchscreen is able to show more traditional metering types, such as old style VU meters. Also in development are diagnostic screens, such as real-time analyzer, phase meter and loudness meter. As with all other Lynx products, Hilo is FPGA-based, so new features, capabilities and graphics can be added at any time with a download.
Hilo can be powered by standard 110-230V AC power or remotely with 9-18 volts DC, allowing the use of standard video battery packs or auto cigarette lighter connections. Hilo is 8.50 x 3.25 x 10.00 inches, weighs 6.75 pounds and will be available with a silver or black front panel/knob option.
Lynx Studio Technology, Inc.