The Dangerous CONVERT-2 is the next-generation stereo digital-to-analog converter (DAC) designed to provide a superior listening experience. Developed by Dangerous, a company with a history of award-winning converters, the CONVERT-2 aims to deliver an articulate, open, and natural sound, setting a new standard in dedicated stereo DACs.
The CONVERT-2 is built from the ground up, incorporating cutting-edge digital technology coupled with a meticulously designed analog circuit by Chris Muth, known for his legendary designs in the analog domain.
Chris Muth Designed Analog Audio Path:
Chris Muth, renowned for his contributions to mixing and mastering engineering, has designed the audiophile-grade analog audio path of the CONVERT-2. This includes the low-pass reconstruction filters, crucial for the performance of any DAC.
JetPLL Ultra-Low Jitter Clocking:
The digital side of the CONVERT-2 is refined by digital expert Paul Messick, ensuring compatibility with the finely tuned analog circuit. The JetPLL ultra-low jitter clocking technology virtually eliminates jitter throughout the audio band, providing a natural, open, and non-fatiguing sound.
The CONVERT-2 is praised for its open and three-dimensional sound. It goes beyond transparency, offering a beautiful and natural sound that captivates listeners.
Elegant Front Panel with Intuitive Controls:
The front panel of the CONVERT-2 features clearly labeled single-function buttons and a volume knob for ease of use. The design philosophy emphasizes elegance and simplicity.
Dedicated Volume Control with Hard Bypass:
The volume control allows users to adjust the output level of the CONVERT-2. When fully up, the volume control is bypassed for feeding a dedicated monitor controller. Engaging the volume control enables precise output level adjustments.
Instant Input Calibration:
The CONVERT-2 supports industry-standard reference levels of -14, -16, and -18dBFS. Users can recalibrate the CONVERT-2 with the push of a button, providing flexibility between different reference levels.
Automatic Sample Rate Detection:
The CONVERT-2 features automatic sample rate detection, allowing it to match its sample rate to the input signal. This is particularly useful when working with different DAW sessions at different sample rates.
On-the-Fly Input Switching:
Users can swap between multiple digital inputs on the fly using front panel buttons or a MONITOR-ST remote. The CONVERT-2 can automatically lock to the incoming signal's sample rate during input switching.
The unique USB Uplink technology enables routing the CONVERT's AES/SPDIF-2 signal back through the USB cable into the DAW session for printing or live listening sessions. Users can switch between monitoring the original digital signal or the uplinked signal.
The CONVERT-2 features a custom digital meter with peak-over-average metering, typically found in expensive outboard mastering meters. The meter automatically calibrates to the chosen input reference level.
Use as Master Clock:
The CONVERT-2 can serve as the master clock for digital audio systems. The Word Clock output allows users to synchronize other digital gear in the studio to the CONVERT-2's clock.
Monitor ST Connectivity:
Connecting the CONVERT-2 to the MONITOR-ST allows for remote control of digital input switching from the MONITOR-ST remote, seamlessly integrating the CONVERT-2 into the monitoring system.
The CONVERT-2 is positioned as a top-tier DAC, offering a combination of detailed sound, innovative features, and user-friendly operation. Designed to meet the demands of professionals in tracking, mixing, and mastering, it represents the pinnacle of dedicated stereo digital-to-analog converters.
Note: Dangerous Music, Inc. publishes actual measured specifications, not theoretical numbers derived from data sheets published by chip manufacturers.