DAD AX32: test in progress in my studio – part Two


after first approach based on comparison listen (see DAD AX32: test in progress in my studio – part One), I verified frequency and phase response with Metric Halo SpectraFooCompleteX.

All settings are controlled by DADman software (see figures bottom) like matrix or Mic/line switch. When you change Mic gain or Line out level you can hear the relay click on.

All audio connections use DB25 with Tascam pin-out.

In front AX32 has four buttons to change sample frequency and clock master, a little screen to check settings and a double series of sixteen leds to visualize carrier (digital signal) and audio presence.

Here DAD AX32, it look very nice 🙂

After I installed Dante controller and  Dante virtual sound card both by Audinate and I created an audio network where my computer (with audio application) and DAD AX32 are two clients.

Dante virtual soundcard has to work necessarly without a Dante PCI card compatible. It uses ethernet in your computer gateway. With Dante controller you can manage a flush of 64×64 channels audio at 48kHz@24bit or 32×32 channels audio at 96kHz@24bit with 1Gbit of bandwidth. You find all specific here.

I created a multicast and I managed audio interchange to and from AX32 with virtual routing.

Well, I opened SpectraFoo and I changed soundcard with Dante (it appears on available audio cards) and I ran signal generator with pink noise to test AX32.

I used Transfer Function window to visualize the difference between original signal (reference) and it after AX32 AD/DA (response). In this window it’s possible to visualize Power vs Frequency and Power vs Phase.

I tested AX32 at 96kHz and 48kHz.

At 96kHz I checked a bandwidth very width (8Hz to 43kHz) with an excellent phase response.

Also at 48kHz I checked a bandwidth very width (8Hz to 22kHz) although with a slight drift phase response at high end.

Also I tested Ax32 with FuzzMeasure, an audio and acoustical measurement application, and it confirmed SpectraFoo audio bandwidth analisys.

Here all SpectraFoo graphics:

My conclusions on the DAD AX32 is that it’s the best converter I’ve ever heard. It’s very valuable into mix and fundamental into mastering because very wide bandwidth with clean mid frequency and extended low and high frequency are a necessarly conditions to work fine.

Have a nice day,


Disclaimer: I tested this gear with care, nevertheless this test is inevitably affected by my opinion and possible analyzer gear and software imprecisions.

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