Antelope Audio Orion 32
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Antelope Audio Orion 32

Orion 32, USB audio interface from Antelope Audio.

Public price: $3,295
Ayhsab 11/14/2014

Antelope Audio Orion 32 : Ayhsab's user review

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It provides 32 sub D AD and DA conversion channels at 96K, beyond 96 you get 24 channels on a mac and 32 on a PC. 16 Adat I/Os, 32 I/O channels at 96K, 64 madi channels at 44 or 48K, and Spdif I/O.
It is connected via Usb to my IMac OSX Mavericks (the Antelope tech advised me to wait before upgrading to Yosemite in order for them to finish all compatibility tests) as AD/DA and I had no problems during installation, no latency problems nor crackles either.
Everything works fine up to this day.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using the product?
I've been using it since November.

Did you try any other models before buying it?
I used SSL before and even my wife, who knows nothing about music, noted the difference before and after. I have also used apogee, avid, digidesign, and motu systems.

Which feature do you like the most / the least?
It's revolutionary! Everything is clearer and more precise (the lows are less muddy and take the space you assign to them, the mid and high frequencies are more precise and with more presence, better defined in space, effects included). I rediscover my mixes with every listen. I gained breadth, some details are more upfront, I gained stability, the reputation of Antelope clocks takes on its full meaning and I haven't had any latency nor crackling issues with DP8.
The only drawback is the loss of channels, from 32 to 24 on Mac via USB, when you go from 96k to more than 96k.

How would you rate its value for money?
For €77.78 each AD/DA conversion channel, and given their quality, their value for money is simply incredible compared to competitor products. For example, direct competitors of this product offer, on average, 16 conversion channels for €155 to €250 per channel.

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?
Yes, I'd buy it again without hesitation!