Lynx LogoCompany: Lynx Studio Technology

Founders: Bob Bauman & David A. Hoatson

Year Established: 1998

Headquarters: Costa Mesa, California

Why Choose Lynx? Over 16 years ago a seasoned hardware engineer (Bob Bauman) and software engineer (David A. Hoatson) decided to form a company that combined each of their respective strengths. The result of this union produced a series of products such as mastering, recording and broadcast quality PCI and PCI-Express interface cards not to mention their world-class analog and digital converters, Aurora 8 and Aurora 16. The newest member to the product line is the 2-Channel Reference AD/DA system called Hilo.

When choosing an AD/DA converter, naturally sound quality is always of great importance. Your goal here is the faithful reproduction of the source with as little coloration or distortion as possible. The best word to describe this would be “transparency”. Other considerations should also include how well it interfaces with computer platforms (Mac & PC) along with connectivity options (Thunderbolt, Pro Tools|HD, AES/EBU, USB, MADI, ADAT, Dante). Often times, the criteria used to choose a converter is based solely on what chip set a manufacturer uses. In fact it is in the analog section where the magic happens. Cleanliness of design and PCB layout, filtering, power and grounding all make for a great signal entering the A/D converter chip and ultimately to your recording.