RME's M-16 DA is a 16 -channel high-end DA converter, easy to
operate yet having a comprehensive feature set.
The unit combines excellent analog circuit design with the
latest converter chips and RME's superior SteadyClock,
resulting in a state-of-the-art DA conversion - not less than 32
The M-series converters have been conceived and optimised for
professional studio, stage, and broadcast applications.
Combinations of the M-16 DA and M-32 DA converters allow for
setups with 16, 32, 48, or 64 channels, according to your
individual application or budget. The unit's unique set of
features includes three hardware reference levels up to +24 dBu,
MADI I/O and ADAT input up to 192 kHz, 6.3mm TRS and D-sub
outputs, remote control via MIDI, and
operation across a wide range of mains voltages, all packed into
a 2U enclosure.
The M-32 DA extends RME's MADI line with multichannel conversion
in reference quality - at an unbeatable price/performance ratio!
- 16-channel* DA converter, double balanced output, 118 dBA
- 19" enclosure with only 2 units height
- 1 x MADI I/O, 32 Kanäle @ 96 kHz, 16 Kanäle @ 192 kHz
- 4 x ADAT In, 16 Kanäle @ 96 kHz, 8 Kanäle @ 192 kHz
- Zero Delay MADI I/O: no delay compensation necessary when
- 32* LED level meters with 6 LEDs each
- SteadyClock(TM) - prestine sound quality independently from
the quality of the external clock signal
- SyncCheck® - unique technology to check clock
- Noise suppression on power-on and power-off at the analog
- All settings are stored permanently
- Fully remote controllable via MIDI and MIDI over MADI
FeaturesThe M-16 DA offers an outstanding DA conversion from MADI and
ADAT formats in a compact 19" unit with only 2U height.
The balanced analog outputs based on RME's reference design from
the ADI-8 QS guarantee excellent S/N and THD specs across a
wide analog level range. Three different hardware levels are
available. Using up-to-date converter technology,
the device not only works up to 192 kHz, but also reaches a
real-world signal-to-noise ratio of 118 dBA - on all channels.
The units have separated driver stages for the TRS and D-sub
outputs. The servo-balanced TRS jacks will work up to +21 dBu.
When selecting +24 dBu the balanced D-sub connector outputs will
provide the higher output level while TRS stays at the +19 dBu setting.
SteadyClockTM guarantees perfect sound quality through efficient
jitter suppression, making the device completely independent from
the quality of external clock signals. Intelligent Clock Control
not only displays every clock status by means of flashing LEDs,
but will also retain the last valid input sample rate in case of
failure of the external source. Other renowned RME technologies
like SyncCheck allow quick detection of clock problems.
All M-series converters are fully remote controllable and
configurable via MIDI. Each unit's complete status can be monitored,
including all the front panel's displays. Individual IDs can be
set for each unit, for separated control of multiple units via a single
Control software for Mac and PC is supplied and allows easy
remote control, also with MIDI transfer via MADI (MIDI Extender).
The M-series has optical and coaxial MADI inputs. In case of
failure of an input signal, the source is switched
immediately, if a valid signal is present on the other input.
The M-32 DA's four ADAT inputs provide simple connectivity with
other studio equipment. A combination with RME's HDSPe RayDAT
makes a perfect partnership, realizing the transfer of 32
channels from a Mac or PC with regular optical Toslink cables at an
All settings are retained when the unit is powered off.
The MADI input serves not only as audio source and optional
external clock source, but also as MADI pass-through input.
Since the M-16 DA converts only 16channels of the MADI signal,
all channels of the input signal are fed back to the output.
Additional M-32 DA or M-16 DA can be connected serially to
convert the remaining signals, in any combination up to a maximum
of 64 channels: One M-32 DA with one or two M-16 DA or up to four
As MADI covers long distances up to 2 km, even the same
channels can be converted in several different (electrically separated)
locations, with comfortable and unambiguous front panel channel
The number of channels that can be achieved with MADI depends on
the sample rate range.
At 48 kHz there are up to 64 channels, at 96 kHz 32, at 192 kHz
16 channels. Therefore at 192 kHz the M-32 DA can only work as 16
The number of channels that can be achieved with ADAT depends on
the sample rate range. At 48 kHz there are 8 channels per port,
at 96 kHz 4, at 192 kHz 2 channels. Therefore at 192 kHz the
M-32 DA can convert only 8 channels via its four ADAT ports.
Input DA: 4 x ADAT optical, 1
x MADI optical/coaxial
Output DA: 1/4" TRS jack
servo balanced, up to +21 dBu. 25 pin D-sub, balanced, up to +24 dBu
Dynamic Range DA (SNR): 114
dB RMS unweighted, 118 dBA
THD DA: < -104 dB (<
THD+N DA: < -100 dB
Crosstalk DA: > 110 dB
Frequency response DA, -0.5
dB: 5 Hz - 22 kHz (sf 48 kHz)
Frequency response DA, -0.5
dB: < 5 Hz - 34 kHz (sf 96 kHz)
Frequency response DA, -1
dB: < 5 Hz - 50 kHz (sf 192 kHz)
Input level for 0 dBFS: +24
dBu, +19 dBu, +13 dBu
Sample rates: 44.1, 48,
88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz, variable (Sync/WC)
Jitter: Typical < 1 ns
for internal, Word Clock, ADAT and MADI input
Jitter suppression: >30
dB (2.4 kHz)
Jitter sensitivity: all
PLLs operate error-free even at 100 ns
Power supply: Internal
switching mode PS, 100V - 240V AC, 60 Watt
Dimensions: (WxHxD) 483 x
88 x 200 mm