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Old 11-05-2017, 01:16 AM
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Is SPDIF sound quality identical as ADAT?
I understand they are both digital and technically digital should be exactly the same. If a sound goes thru SPDIF from one audio interface and record into another audio interface (Pro Tools HD), is it the same as it go thru ADAT? Did anyone actually test it and hear it with analogue ears :)?

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Old 11-05-2017, 01:34 AM
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:19 AM
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Short answer: no, use decent cables for either format and you'll be fine.

Long answer: ADAT format is based on Toshibas TOS Link which at a software level is essentially an optical version of the S/P DIF format. AES/EBU, S/PDIF and TOS Link all share a similar bitstream format, and the clock is encoded with the data signal. Some mastering engineers however postulate that there is some line induced jitter introduced by the air between the two ends of the optical interface! However a long run of optical digital signal is likely to outperform a cabled version. In conclusion: use correct impedance cable with decent connectors and keep runs short when using S/P DIF (75 ohm) or AES/EBU (110 ohm) , and decent optical cable when using ADAT/TOS Link and you'll never have to lose sleep over whether one is better than the other.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:43 AM
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When you say long runs, what sort of distance are you referring to?
I use AES as my standard digital I/O if that helps you with an answer for me.
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Somebody just trolling DUC. He needs to be given a DUC vacation...

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When you say long runs, what sort of distance are you referring to?

I use AES as my standard digital I/O if that helps you with an answer for me.


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Old 11-05-2017, 10:58 AM
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Somebody just trolling DUC. He needs to be given a DUC vacation...
i 2nd the motion !!!! this is getting pretty silly .. thread after thread ..
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:32 AM
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Short answer: no, use decent cables for either format and you'll be fine.

Long answer: ADAT format is based on Toshibas TOS Link which at a software level is essentially an optical version of the S/P DIF format. AES/EBU, S/PDIF and TOS Link all share a similar bitstream format, and the clock is encoded with the data signal. Some mastering engineers however postulate that there is some line induced jitter introduced by the air between the two ends of the optical interface! However a long run of optical digital signal is likely to outperform a cabled version. In conclusion: use correct impedance cable with decent connectors and keep runs short when using S/P DIF (75 ohm) or AES/EBU (110 ohm) , and decent optical cable when using ADAT/TOS Link and you'll never have to lose sleep over whether one is better than the other.
Thanks. When you say decent cable, currently I use Hosa adat cables and SPDIF cables and monster pro SPDIF cables. Do you think they are fine or any other cable is better?
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As long as digital signal goes through, it is 100% clear. The difference between SPDIF/ADAT/AES is in now long cable runs you can do before you get dropouts. As long as everything is perfect, who cares which format delivered it?
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Do you think they are fine or any other cable is better?
Do >I< think they are fine? YES!

There's some fascinating (or boring however you view it) rabbit holes you can dive down should you wish to read up on the lengths that some people go to "improve" their sound regarding jitter induced by S/P DIF, USB, Logic buffering, cable length, circuit board trace spacing, the list is nearly endless..
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