New York, NY (October 27, 2011)—Jim Anderson, a professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a chairman of the 131st AES Convention, uses Antelope Audio's Zodiac+ converter when monitoring at home.
"What I've noticed over the past year or two is that file transfer protocol (FTP) sites have become much more ubiquitous—mastering engineers are encouraging clients to listen on a high-resolution format. In the past, I would ask them to burn me a reference CD, but with the Zodiac, I've been able to listen to audio in 24/96 or 192 kHz in my own home," he reports.
"What I have been able to hear is absolutely arresting; the Zodiac+ makes my system at home seem very much like listening to a mix in the mastering room. I can hear everything, and without jitter or distortion. In the past, I wasn't able to listen to anything better than 16 bit at 44.1 kHz, except on my SACD player."
The Zodiac+ fits into his workflow. "If my mastering engineer is working unattended, I can listen at home and provide solid feedback. I don't have to imagine what they are describing in their notes—I can actually hear it. With the Zodiac+, I hear an openness, transparency and depth that I've never heard before. We did a little blind testing with it alongside another DAC that cost two or three times the cost of the Zodiac, and the Zodiac stood up and did very well indeed."