Neve unveils StarNet ADA16 – it’s first analogue line-level to Dante AD/DA converter

Neve has announced its StarNet ADA16 at NAMM 2024 – the company’s first ever analogue line-level to Dante AD/DA converter.

The16x16 analogue line-level AD/DA converter integrates into the Dante® audio-over-IP network and is set to ‘revolutionise’ analogue conversion, delivering versatility to recording studios, live sound venues, and broadcast/post-production suites.

The StarNet ADA16 is designed to produce optimal fidelity and sonic clarity, with low distortion and a flat frequency response that extends beyond the audible range. The ADA16 offers mastering-grade A/D converters, producing 119dBFS of dynamic range, and D/A converters producing 122dBFS of dynamic range with selectable headroom settings of +18, 24 or 26dBu, accommodating any digital standard.

Furthermore, the StarNet ADA16 employs a modern crystal oscillator clocking system and jitter elimination DAC chips. Dante connections are facilitated through dual Ethernet ports, providing redundancy in case of network failure or the ability to daisy-chain multiple units in switched mode.

Derived from the 88R console, the ADA16's analogue output stage exceeds a 100kHz frequency bandwidth, ensuring faithful translation of true 192kHz digital audio. This stable amplification stage can drive long cable lengths without signal degradation.

A front-mounted OLED screen provides ‘at-a-glance’ access to network settings, sample rate, bit depth, and more. Simple menu navigation buttons and input/output LEDs offer intuitive control for all 16 analogue inputs and outputs.

Following on from the success of the remote controlled 1073OPX, Neve also developed remote control capabilities for the ADA16. The remote muting app allows for remote control of the analogue outputs of all units on the network. The app also allows for future upgrades further enhancing the remote control capabilities.

Chris Bloor, engineering manager at AMS Neve said: "I am excited to present the StarNet ADA16, Neve's groundbreaking 16x16 analogue line-level AD/DA converter seamlessly integrated into the Dante audio-over-IP network. The ADA16 is designed to redefine versatility in recording studios, live sound venues, and broadcast/post-production suites.”