$4,999 (M-32 AD)
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RME’s MADI line is now extended by the addition of 16- and 32-channel converters. The 2U M-32 AD (pictured) offers a 32-channel AD conversion to MADI and ADAT in reference quality. Using up-to-date converter technology, the device not only works up to 192 kHz, but also reaches a real-world, signal-to-noise ratio of 116 dBA on all channels.
Further features are analog limiters for protection of the analog inouts against overload, three hardware reference levels up to +24 dBu, MADI and ADAT I/O, analog inputs via 1/4- inch TRS and D-sub connectors, remote control via MIDI and MIDI over MADI, and operation across a wide range of mains voltages.
Nearly identical features are found in the M-32 DA, which offers a 32-channel, high-end DA conversion. The unit combines latest converter chips and RME’s SteadyClock into a DA conversion, with THD and S/N specs of up to 118 dBA.
Except for the reduced channel count, the M-16 AD and M-16 DA are identical to their bigger brothers.