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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by ooheadsoo
That's because the 1820 has the functionality that a pro is looking for without paying that premium for the better dac. Many people don't care all that much for budget oriented projects.
you have a point, however, the way I see it, in the crowded (saturated?) market 1820/1820m are competing in (sub 500$ project studio multichannel interfaces), 1820m has quite a unique selling point that the 1820 lacks (and is not on the cheap side either)
post #17 of 26
Digit-Life has their review up: http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...820/index.html


EDIT: Whoops, sorry for being blind!
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by alexm
Another review maybe worth having a look at:
DigitLife

funny how creative regional offices are sending 1820 cards to review sites and not the better performing (in measures, and hopefully subjective listening) 1212m/1820m
Now this is a review that worth reading, since they are the one that produced RMAA benchmark.

For those who have the doubt on SPDIF Out performance, here is what being measured...
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Tested chain: E-MU 1820 S/PDIF out — LynxTwo S/PDIF in
Operation mode: 16 bits, 44 kHz
  • Frequency response (40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.00, -0.00Excellent
  • Noise level, dB (A) : -96.3 Excellent
  • Dynamic range, dB (A) : 96.5 Excellent
  • THD, % : 0.0003 Excellent
  • IMD, % : 0.0035 Excellent
  • Stereo crosstalk, dB : -97.3 Excellent

Tested chain: E-MU 1820 S/PDIF out — LynxTwo S/PDIF in
Operation mode: 24 bits, 44 kHz
  • Frequency response (40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.00, -0.00Excellent
  • Noise level, dB (A) : -144.4 Excellent
  • Dynamic range, dB (A) : 133.2 Excellent
  • THD, % : 0.0000 Excellent
  • IMD, % : 0.0002 Excellent
  • Stereo crosstalk, dB : -145.2 Excellent
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
Am I the only one scratching my head at those 24bit numbers? THD of zero? etc etc. Is the E-MU really that good...?
post #20 of 26
Remember your significant digits from jr. high...
post #21 of 26
How does analog output of the EMU compare to LynxTwo,sound quality-wise?Just curious.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by cadobhuk
How does analog output of the EMU compare to LynxTwo,sound quality-wise?Just curious.
Which E-MU? 0404? 1212m? 1820? 1820m?

Just kidding.

Well, from the benchmark, seems 1212m and 1820m are perform better than LynxTwo except Frequency Response. However, hearing will be different since different people have different ears and different preference.

Talking about Frequency Response, I think I saw somebody did some testing by adjusting the EQ on 1820m and the result is impressive. Let me dig and feedback once I found it...
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by Edwood
Yeah, I rely on Tom's Hardware's reviews for everything.......

-Ed

You have to admit that it is one of the better places to go for computer info. Especially if you're a newb trying to get into computers and learn what's going on and stuff.
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
I remember hearing that the Lynx card's output was way too analytical. I'm not surprised, since it's board is probably designed for the most transparent recording possible. Err.. is transparency the right word? tired...
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by yeeyy
Talking about Frequency Response, I think I saw somebody did some testing by adjusting the EQ on 1820m and the result is impressive. Let me dig and feedback once I found it...
Well, found it. Saw it from HERE.

The user own 1820m and he want to evaluate if adjusting EQ able to improve the FR of 1820m, which being discussed HERE.

The result is impressive!!! Check it out yourself from link below:

http://home.netvigator.com/~gbear/rmaa/1820m_eq.htm

I am truly impressed.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sduibek
Am I the only one scratching my head at those 24bit numbers? THD of zero? etc etc. Is the E-MU really that good...?
That's from the digital out.

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Originally Posted by cadobhuk
How does analog output of the EMU compare to LynxTwo,sound quality-wise?Just curious.
One thing to note is you can spend the rest of your budget getting other things to make your system better instead of getting JUST a Lynx2 if one were to get a 1212m or 1820m for that matter.
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