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Avid HD Mods

$1,695.00$2,795.00

Released to considerable fanfare in October of 2010, the new Avid HD box is a replacement for the older blue Digi HD converters.

*A 50% down payment will be collected during checkout. The remainder 50% will be due when the modification is complete. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled mod date after we receive your down payment. The interface is not included in the mod price. Please click on the “Disclaimer & Warranty” tab below for more information on how to schedule a mod.

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Product Description

Released to considerable fanfare in October of 2010, the new Avid HD box is a replacement for the older blue Digi HD converters.

Like most converters released under the Digi/Avid name, clocking architecture is based on the standard HC49 crystals in Pierce-Gate configuration.  A/D conversion is built around the CS5381 A/D chip.  D/A conversion is built around the Texas Instruments PCM1794 converter chip, which offers improved dynamic range performance over the Cirrus Logic D/A chip found in the blue Digi boxes.  What’s nice about the PCM1794 is its on-chip conversion design as well as the way the filters are etched into the semiconductive substrate; this makes it a favorite among design heavyweights whose opinion we respect.

Sadly the new Avid boxes omit the wonderful copper shielding of their predecessor; something we imagine is a cost-saving move.  Analog path in the new black boxes is not nearly as impressive as the older design, with most of the path built around the NE5532, Burr Brown OPA2227 and OPA4134.  These are decent amplifiers, but we think that better options exist.

Modification

Sonic Quality

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The scale is from 1-10, with “1” being unimpressive audio quality and “10” being true audio excellence. This is an exponential scale, so going from “1” to “2” isn’t nearly as big of a jump as going from “9” to “10”.

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The first place we chose to start was, of course, the clocking architecture.  Our FM clock architecture features an impressive <5ps jitter and -127dB C phase noise performance, and gives a wonderful sense of musicality, space, and clarity to the audio signal.  We also offer the option of a further improved clock circuit over what we installed in the original FM192's.  This XB clock architecture is based on an XO with femto-second range output jitter and even lower phase noise than the old FM design.

Next, we visited the converter implementation.  We approached the converter architecture the same way we did in our FM192 and Sparrow mk2 converters, using our proprietary approaches to supply noise and system cross-talk reduction.  This yields wonderful low-level resolution and clarity of signal during conversion.  Our goal was to get converter performance as close to the original FM192 as possible.

For the analog path, we install the copper shielding that Avid removed from the old design (fortunately they left the footprint for the parts!), giving better EMF shielding and temperature stability.  We chose a combination of op-amps for their sonic quality as well as for their noise performance in order to enhance system dynamic range.

The Avid HD mod is available with either the FM clock architecture used in our original FM192 modifications, or the lower phase noise/lower jitter XB clock architecture, which is our newest design. Please contact us for details or scheduling information.

MODIFICATIONS

Scheduling

We schedule modifications according to demand. The next available “mod” date is listed on our website. Modifications can be scheduled online or by email (info@blacklionaudio.com). We require a 50% down payment in order to secure your spot on our “mod” calendar. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled date after we receive your down payment. The audio interface is NOT included in the “mod” price.

Payment

We accept credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, checks, money orders, and real estate deed transfers (no mortgages or liens, please).

Shipping

Please ship your gear to arrive at our shop 1-2 business days prior to your scheduled “mod” date. Be sure to pack your gear well (recommended 2” – 4” of protective materials) to avoid any additional charges for BLA-supplied packaging materials. We won’t be held liable for damage incurred during shipping.

Turnaround Time

Our turnaround time on modifications is typically 7-10 business days from the scheduled “mod” date. This does not include any unforeseen issues, the time it takes for final billing, or return shipping. We will contact you if we’re experiencing longer-than-usual turnaround.

Final Payment

After your modification is complete, we will contact you to collect the remainder 50% of the modification price, plus return shipping.
Please be aware, any completed modifications remaining unpaid in our shop for more than 5 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will accrue a $10 per day holding fee. Any completed modifications remaining in our shop for more than 20 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will be considered abandoned and sold to reimburse our costs.

Return Shipping

Customers are responsible for all return shipping costs for modifications. We use UPS (signature required) for shipping within the continental U.S., and USPS for shipping elsewhere. We can accommodate DHL and FedEx shipments upon request. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.
We won’t adjust invoices to help international shipments avoid import duties, so please don’t ask. Your time is better spent lobbying your local government.

Warranty

We extend a two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for all Black Lion Audio modifications from the modification date. This does not cover user error, wear, tear, abuse, or OEM failures related to hardware, firmware, or software.
Should your B.L.A. modification experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Warranty repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed.

Rescheduling

We can reschedule modifications for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. Please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com with any changes you’d like to make.

Cancellations

We accept modification cancellations for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. If you need to cancel within two weeks of your scheduled date, there is a 30% cancellation fee of the down payment amount.

Returns & Exchanges

Once something has been modified, there’s no going back. We are not able to offer returns or exchanges on modified equipment.

Non-Warranty Repairs

If your B.L.A. modification is in need of a repair that isn’t covered by our warranty, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. We charge a nominal bench fee that covers most repairs. If the cost of a repair exceeds the bench fee, we will contact you.

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