Our readers' interest in external devices has grown of late. It has to do with a number of reasons. Many users bought modern high-performance notebooks or computers of a compact form factor barebone , which can hardly accommodate a usual sound card. Besides, many users believe in an advantage of external devices over internal ones. This belief is based on the wrong idea of modern PCI cards, based on impressions from gaming and semiprofessional 7-year old sound cards with lousy AC'97 and budget I2S codecs.
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Our readers' interest in external devices has grown of late. It has to do with a number of reasons. Many users bought modern high-performance notebooks or computers of a compact form factor barebone , which can hardly accommodate a usual sound card.
Besides, many users believe in an advantage of external devices over internal ones. This belief is based on the wrong idea of modern PCI cards, based on impressions from gaming and semiprofessional 7-year old sound cards with lousy AC'97 and budget I2S codecs.
There is also a problem with the lack of objective information on quality of internal as well as external devices. In our ProAudio section we'll try to fill the information vacuum and shatter the existing myths. The device is made in the form of a miniature external module in a metal case.
A peculiar feature of this product - nearly all settings are adjusted with physical knobs and switches. The only software-level control is a buffer size, which is specified only once, if necessary. The other feature is a hardware analog limiter. Thus you don't have to open a control panel over your audio program.
All controls are on the device at hand. Moreover, FA can be used autonomously, for example, as a mic preamp or a tiny mixer. The top cover of the device shows a signal routing flowchart for your information. It should also facilitate wiring. And now what concerns drawbacks. Sampling frequency is specified manually. In order to play back a file with a different sampling frequency, you should turn the device off, change the frequency, and then turn it on.
When the device is re-initializing seconds , audio applications running on our rather powerful testbeds - a desktop and a notebook - would drastically slow down. Another disadvantage - no indication of signal levels.
Remember that only one sampling frequency mode works at a time. When you switch to another mode, you have to reboot the device. Detailed report on tests in 44 kHz mode. When we tested the device with Lynx, we registered a little LF-interference due to a ground loop. We tried to test Edirol connected to a notebook. The problem grew smaller, but it did not disappear. We had no ground problems in loopback mode, but the results were limited by the ADC quality.
We decided to publish both measurements. In case of Lynx, Edirol practically reached the specification parameters in 24 bit mode: dB versus dB maximum for output. No doubt, users are most concerned about the recording and playback quality of a device compared to other similar devices. The monitors were connected directly to the devices without a mixer, in order to eliminate the effect of the mixer on the results. The left channel of Edirol FA is noticeably quieter than the right one. But it may be a bug of this very device.
Unfortunately, FA has no separate volume control for each channel individually. Audio playback differences are in detailing and transparency. A device with higher-quality audio output clearly demonstrates reverberation and its coloring. But higher-quality audio is demonstrated by ESI Juli , it makes more difference.
When played back by Juli , many recording details become more distinct. We used the Nady SCM studio condenser microphone in our record quality tests. We recorded vocal and a trumpet brass. One and the same phrase was played for correct comparison. Contrary to our fears that we wouldn't make out the difference, these devices demonstrated obvious differences. It was especially noticeable in trumpet recordings.
Recordings made with FA and Traveler had poor high frequencies and sounded flat. We couldn't find out the reasons. We also tested the Edirol FA hardware limiter. In our opinion, it offers no improvements. It adds some crackling. You'd better not use it, just do not allow the signal to reach clipping. Write a comment below. No registration needed! Article navigation:. Sandy Bridge. All rights reserved. RU Grigory Liadov grigory ixbt. Oct 08, Oct 04, Oct 03, Frequency response from 40 Hz to 15 kHz , dB:.
All user reviews for the Edirol FA-66
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Edirol FA-66 Digital Recording Interface
You can apply an analogue limiter to the audio ins to combat clipping while recording. Mac users will appreciate the FA- 66's plug-and-play capability - it uses the standard Apple FireWire driver, so you can hook it up and start recording. You'll need a six-pin connection to power the device from the FireWire bus, but a mains adaptor is included if you have a four-pin. Naturally, a unit of this size and price is going to be limited on features, but it does provide enough for basic recording sessions on the hoof.
Edirol FA-66 review
The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See details for description of any imperfections. I am also not sure if spdif was capable of at the time of manufacture, and I have seen only a few interfaces that refer to k spdif.
FA, FireWire audio interface from Edirol. Log in Become a member. Edirol FA This product is no longer manufactured. Product presentation.