Black Lion's Sparrow ADC mk2 is now available for purchase.
It is available in three separate models, each with a different color, price and performance quality.
The Sparrow mk2 BLACK
Designed to perform in the range of $2,000+ two-channel A/D converters, the Sparrow mk2 BLACK is described as more advanced than its predecessor, (the original BLA Sparrow ADC, now discontinued). The clocking circuitry features "low-jitter, wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators with PLL recovery," the company says. The Sparrow mk2 BLACK (with the black faceplate) is said to be comparable to the conversion quality and sonic characteristics of the Digi 002R/003R Signature Series modification.
It is priced at $895.
The Sparrow mk2 RED
The Sparrow mk2 RED (red faceplate) is also a two-channel ADC but is more comparable to the FM192 modification. With a different design and components than the Black Sparrow, it is priced at $1295. It features a "low-noise, low-ripple converter circuit design and the same novel 220/270SP master clock," according to BL. It is designed to use for mastering, two-track classical or jazz recordings, final mixes, and other studio applications.
It is priced at $1295.
The Sparrow mk2 WHITE
The White version of the Sparrow mk2 (white faceplate) represents a portion of Black Lion's research into delta sigma conversion and clocking architecture. What sets it apart from the rest of the pack is that it employs two converters in a parallel-balanced circuit to boost converter dynamic range. Black Lion adds to this "220/270SP master clock with wide Q third harmonic crystal oscillators, PLL recovery, and a low noise analog path." The Sparrow mk2 WHITE is said to outperform the FM192.
It is priced at $1895.
Check out Black Lion Audio for more.
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