SRC2496 Modifications - DAC / ADC / Sample-rate Converter / Headphone Amp

The Standard SRC2496

The Good:

The SRC is essentially a DAC and ADC in one box, that also offers up-sampling. If the sample-rate is the same the ADC and DAC can run simultaniously, processing differnt signals. There is also a headphone output.

Connections: 1 pair XLR analog out, 1 AES/EBU digital out, 1 Toslink digital out, 1 RCA digital out. 1 pair XLR analog in, 1 AES/EBU digital in, 1 Toslink digital in, 1 RCA digital in.

A Problem:

The features of the SRC mentioned above are superb, however there is an achilles heel; the analog inputs and outputs have relatively high distortion and noise compared to the best alternatives.


The solution - Modification

In fact, the DAC and ADC chips inside the SRC are high-end items from AKM. The distortion is created by the analog buffer circuits, not the converters themselves. The solution is to replace the analog sections in their entirety with new circuit designs from BehringerMods. These upgrade circuits are available as a self-install kit or with installation provided by BehringerMods.

Output Circuit - The improved output circuit features LM4562 non-inverting buffers to provide a low noise, high impedance input. These are capable of feeding the very low impedances required to make the low noise differential floating output stage based on 4x LME49990 ICs. This output stage emulates a transformer such that it can provide the noise rejection capabilities of a balanced connection even over a single-ended line. Additionally the output voltage stays constant regardless of the method of connection.

The Behringer SRC when modified with this new circuit is capable of less than 0.0005% THD and 117dB S/N ratio at it's analog outputs. The circuit alone can actually achieve even better figures and can be used to upgrade any DAC that has a differential voltage output, such as those based on the AKM AK4393, AK4396, Cirrus CS4392, CS4398, Wolfson WM8740, WM8741, WM8742.

Input Circuit - The improved analog input circuit is uses the Texas Instruments LME49724 IC, specifically designed for driving differential ADCs. The circuit can accept balanced or single-ended inputs. ADCs typically require a bias voltage, and this is provided by a dedicated LM285 voltage reference IC with additional filtering for the lowest noise level.

The Behringer SRC when modified with this new circuit can achieve <0.0005% THD and 117dB S/N from the analog inputs. In conjunction with the digital outputs, the modified SRC can serve as a reference class ADC for archiving vinyl and tape. Using the analog inputs and analog outputs, room correction can be applied to any source. The input circuit alone is capable of 123dB S/N ratio (4V rms input) and 0.00005% THD and can be used to upgrade any voltage input ADCs such as . AKM AK5393, AK5394, Cirrus CS5391 and others.

Note - The BehringerMods analog input circuit does not have a variable gain control. The input gain control of the SRC is non-functioning.

A short FAQ regarding these mods is available.

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The Result

• Volume Controlled Output
• Lower Distortion inputs and outputs

• Floating connection reduces noise