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Lynx Hilo Reference A/D D/A TB3 System (Black Finish)  From Lynx

Mastering grade 2 In 4 Out A/D D/A Converter with a preinstalled Thunderbolt interface card.

Lynx Studio Technology


Retail:  $3,999.00

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Lynx Hilo (pronounced “hee-low”)

There are very few units that are truly “game changers” in the world of digital audio interfaces, and the Hilo is indeed one of them. No detail was left unattended on the Hilo, as the unit has an A/D converter for overdub tracking as well as a D/A converter for mix printing. It also has a separate D/A converter [which provides maximum performance capability] for the Hilo's monitor section, and yet another D/A conversion system for the headphone output!

The design of the Hilo took over 3 years to accomplish. Every trace on the 8 layer PCB is the shortest run possible, and redundant copper ground planes were added for superior noise and cross-talk rejection. Unparalleled attention was paid to component placement to avoid the possibility of infinitesimal current leakage and the potential for capacitive irregularities between components. All of this adds up to one of the best sounding converter systems possible. The net result is spectacularly clear and detailed audio.

The line inputs are fully balanced and buffered to provide high input impedance and rejection of common mode noise. The line output faithfully mimics the qualities of transformers using precision amplifier circuitry. Both the inputs and outputs exhibit an extremely flat frequency response of ±0.02dB of variation – and that's in the worst case!

As a converter's full-scale signal level must match a studio's line level closely to minimize noise, Hilo provides eight standard trim settings on line inputs and outputs. To accomplish this, Telecom-quality relays with gold-plated contacts are used to avoid any additional distortion and/or noise that can be caused by other fain-switching methods that are commonly employed in lesser devices.

Hilo also incorporates Lynx's proven SynchroLock™ sample clock, which generates an extremely low-jitter situation when syncing internally, as well as when syncing to external clock sources. Additionally, the BiLinear™ conversion technology was developed. Based on a completely differential topology that minimizes noise pickup and reduces harmonic distortion components, high-speed differential amplifiers are employed to provide an ideal interface for all your two channel conversion needs. This insures proper transient response, as well as the most linear audio possible. The ability also exists to pick up the output level by 14db to use the “monitor output” as an additional “line level” output, which adds to the overall flexibility of the Hilo.

The real icing on the cake is the user interface, which employs a touch screen display for all your function selection, routing, and metering requirements. The metering options include both PPM [Peak Program Meters] for the input and output, as well as a “vintage” looking VU [Volume Unit] option that will supply the RMS metering option that is so important for understanding the true loudness of a mix.

Between the superior sounding A/D conversion, amazingly stable clock, attention to detail on the build, ease of setup via the “touch screen” menus, a superior monitor output section that works in 1/2dB increments [like units that only have a D/A and cost 3 times more], flawless audio from the headphone output, and the planning ahead Lynx did with the Hilo's expansion slot [which will permit interface with any current and future format!], all of your audio requirements are totally covered!


Lynx Hilo A/D D/A USB Converter System - Quick n’ Dirty

Lynx Studio Technology is proud to present the Hilo Reference A/D D/A Converter System. With the pristine, open, transparent audio quality for which Lynx is known, Hilo (pronounced HE-low) provides two channels of mastering quality analog to digital conversion, up to eight channels of digital to analog conversion, a secondary monitor output, and a world class independent headphone amplifier in a compact half-rack size. The Hilo is available for SoundPure’s Try-Before-You-Buy Program, so if you want to hear how this gear sounds in your studio with your gear, shoot us an email at ProAudio@SoundPure.com. Thanks for watching!

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    • Lynx Hilo Reference A/D D/A Thunderbolt Converter System

Manufacturer's Description from Lynx

Lynx Reengineers the two-channel converter format with innovative features and control

Lynx Studio Technology is proud to present the Hilo Reference A/D D/A Converter System. With the pristine, open, transparent audio quality for which Lynx is known, Hilo (pronounced HE-low) provides two channels of mastering quality analog to digital conversion, up to eight channels of digital to analog conversion, a secondary monitor output, and a world class independent headphone amplifier in a compact half-rack size. A first for the two-channel pro converter market, Hilo’s innovative 480 x 272 touchscreen provides a flexible and intuitive interface that can adapt to a particular application and be easily upgraded with enhancements and new features. Initial front panel controls support extensive signal routing and mixing, sample rate selection, clock source options, levels, metering and diagnostic features.

Hilo completely redefines and evolves the category of the two channel converter. Of utmost importance is the audio signal quality. The completely new design of the analog stages and converter topology for Hilo break new ground in terms of lowering distortion and noise while maintaining transparency for A/D and D/A conversion. Beyond that, Hilo offers extensive I/O capabilities and utilizes the latest FPGA technology with vast resources for control, routing, and signal processing capabilities. Also in development are diagnostic and analysis tools for Hilo. The LCD screen is a natural interface for these functions.

The digital or analog inputs can be routed to three separate outputs, Line Output (with 8 trim settings), Monitor Output, and Headphone Output. Each of these output pairs has its own dedicated DACs, allowing each to offer a unique mix. The Monitor and Headphone Outputs have volume controls, accessible via faders on the touchscreen or the single knob on the front (offering control in ½ dB increments). Another innovation, the Headphone section has its own dedicated D/A converter. This supports the creation of 32-channel headphone mixes independent of the main and monitor outputs, as well as providing specifications that rival those of dedicated headphone amps costing $1500 and more.

The digital section offers a wide range of inputs. AES/EBU inputs and outputs have transformer isolated balanced XLR connectors. SPDIF input and output are available via transformer-coupled coax or optical (TOSLINK) connections. The Optical ports can also be used for up to eight ADAT channels. The ADAT input and output channels are completely independent from the AES/EBU or S/PDIF coax channels.  Lynx’s low jitter SynchroLock word clock is also included, with Word Clock in and out connections available.

In total, Hilo has 12 total inputs, 16 total outputs plus 32 channels possible via its LSlot port. The unit’s FPGA powers its internal 32 channel mixer, which allows Hilo to offer the most versatile I/O and routing in the two channel converter genre. This is just the beginning of the innovation.

In contrast to the concentrated and intricate back panel, Hilo’s front panel is elegant in its simplicity. It has a power switch, headphone jack, multipurpose control and a 480 x 272 pixel high resolution LCD touchscreen. This high-resolution screen does a lot more than simply replace the buttons on the front panel of most other converters. Of course it handles the basic settings and routing functions, clocking and level settings.

A second meter screen shows just two larger bar-graph style stereo bar meters. Any input or output set can be assigned to each meter. In addition to bar-graph meters common on most converters, Hilo’s touchscreen is able to show more traditional metering types, such as old style VU meters. Also in development are diagnostic screens, such as real time analyzer, phase meter and loudness meter. As with all other Lynx products, Hilo is FPGA based, meaning new features, capabilities and graphics can be added at any time with a simple download.


LT-TB3 LSlot card

Lynx Studio Technology created the LT-TB3 Thunderbolt 3 LSlot interface for its Aurora(n) and Hilo converters. The LT-TB3 is a two-port Thunderbolt 3 expansion card that supports daisy-chaining Aurora(n) and Hilo converters for up to six total certified Thunderbolt devices plus a display on both Apple and Windows computers.


The LT-TB3 LSlot card can be installed into any existing Hilo or Aurora(n) with an easy and free firmware update. In addition, Lynx is making Thunderbolt 3 equipped Aurora(n) and Hilo models available at the same time. These models are:


Hilo-TB3 in Black and Silver

Aurora(n) 32-TB3

Aurora(n) 24-TB3

Aurora(n) 16-TB3

Aurora(n) 8-TB3



• Available for Aurora(n) and Hilo

• Supports connection of up to 6 other Thunderbolt devices total plus a display

• Compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 devices (with customer supplied adapter)

• Supports up to 40Gbps data speed

• Integrates seamlessly with Aurora(n) and Hilo


The LT-TB3 is the latest in a series of LSlot connectivity cards available for the acclaimed Aurora(n) and Hilo A/D and D/A converter interfaces. The LT-TB3 allows the Aurora(n) and Hilo to have direct connectivity to Thunderbolt 3TM equipped devices without the need of Thunderbolt adapters. Other LSlot modules available include Dante, USB and ProTools|HD versions. Lynx’s continual LSlot module development ensures the Aurora(n) and Hilo will continue to be compatible with the future high performance connectivity standards for both PC and Mac.


“From its inception, the upgradeable LSlot feature was designed for both the Aurora and Hilo so that owners would not need to replace their entire interface each time a new or improved connection standard hits the market. It can be quite expensive and disconcerting for the customer. Regularly delivering new modules as well as firmware updates allows us to keep up with market demands for features and capabilities.” Stated Bob Bauman, Co-Owner and Chief Hardware Engineer. “We could simply release new interface models with added capabilities every six months, or continue to add value with our current platform. We believe our customers would rather just download a free firmware update or easily add a new module to get a slew of new features and capabilities than entirely replace their interfaces.”


“Thunderbolt 3 can support up to a 40Gbps bi-directional data rate and was primarily designed to handle the bandwidth demands of 4K video.” explained Lynx Co-Founder and Chief Software Engineer David Hoatson. “Even with Thunderbolt 1 there was plenty of extra bandwidth for the demands of multiple channels of audio even at the highest sample rates. With Thunderbolt 3 there’s even less strain on the data flow and much more bandwidth than we would ever need for multi-channel audio. And with the new Thunderbolt 3 computing devices our customers won’t need any Thunderbolt adapters.”

Lynx Studio Technology

About Manufacturer

Lynx Studio Technology, Inc. is a debt-free, privately held corporation that designs and manufactures professional, computer related audio products. The company was formed by a team of engineers previously associated with industry-leading digital audio companies with the goal of utilizing cutting-edge technology to create the highest quality products at a good value to the customer. The Lynx team is focused on "linking" the professional audio world with computers by utilizing their many years of experience in both hardware design and device driver coding. This complementary expertise is borne out in reliable products that not only have great specifications, but are also shipped with extremely stable and well-tested drivers. Support for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and Macintosh platforms are standard for most products. With the ability to support multiple platforms, buses, and operating systems Lynx plans to supply products to a variety of audio markets and applications such as audio production, delivery, and testing for recording studios, project studios, post production studios, home studios, and live concert settings. Lynx supports the retail market with a standard product line through its dealers and distributors. Lynx also supports OEM?s for larger quantities and custom designs. For information regarding retail and OEM sales please contact us at:


Crucial for mastering and critical listening, Hilo offers world class, verifiable specifications. Actual measurements of a preproduction model show:


THD+N -114dB @1kHz, -1dBFS, 20kHz filter

Dynamic Range 121 dB, A-weighted, -60dBFS signal method

Frequency Resp. ± 0.01 dB, 20 – 20kHz

Crosstalk -140 dB maximum @ 1kHz, -1dBFS signal


THD+N -109dB @1kHz, -1dBFS, 20kHz filter

Dynamic Range 121 dB, A- weighted, -60dBFS signal method

Frequency Resp. ± 0.02 dB, 20 – 20kHz

Crosstalk -135 dHilo is a 3 in one unit – AD converter, DA converter and Headphone with its own dedicated D/A converter.

  • There are three unique sets of analog outputs: main analog output, monitor output (with volume) and headphone output (with volume)

  • The flexible digital I/O section offers the choice of AES/EBU, SPDIF by coax or TOSLINK optical, or ADAT formats

  • The innovative design of the analog stage and converter topology allow ultra low noise and distortion specifications

  • A 480 x 272 pixel LCD touch screen for operation and monitoring

  • A 32 channel internal mixer in the updatable FPGA

  • 12 total inputs, 16 total outputs plus 32 channels possible via LSlot.

  • AC powered with Battery operation available

  • Open ended software for future measurement, metering, diagnostic and personalization features using the touch screen LCD.

  • Size - 8.50” wide x 3.25” tall x 10.00” deep (half rack, two spaces)

  • Weight: 6.75 pounds

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