There are two different modifications available for the Behringer ADA8000:
The ADA8000 Basic Modification
is strictly an analog stage modification in which we replace the stock op-amps with much faster, higher grade op-amps. This results in a sound that is strikingly more open and textured, with far greater detail and micro-dynamics. The common response we receive regarding this mod is that it has the sonic effect of taking a blanket off of the speakers! We have been modifying the ADA8000 for a while now (only upon customers’ requests), but it wasn’t until we had the opportunity to actually shoot it out against a stock Apogee Ensemble that we decided on making this mod public and officially adding it to our website. After we compared the two units together, we were astonished that our basic op-amp upgrade so easily brought the ADA8000 to a comparable sound quality as the Ensemble!
The ADA8000 Premium Modification*
Priced at only $450, will take you completely out of the Ensemble ballpark altogether. For this modification we not only perform the op-amp upgrade, but we replace vital analog signal caps with capacitors of dramatically higher quality for both the inputs and outputs. We also perform converter decoupling using the same techniques found in our Alesis AI-3 Premium upgrade, our acclaimed Signature Series modifications, and in our widely-praised FM192. After this upgrade, the ADA8000 will have a much wider stereo field, a smoother & more defined bass, and sweeter-sounding highs.
*This modification is only applicable to the newer revisions of ADA8000’s (Date Code: 0912 or after) .
How to Determine Your Date Code
There is a DATE CODE label on the top of the unit; the four numbers will indicate the year/month of the unit’s manufacture date. Any date that is older than December of 2009 [i.e., #0912] will indicate the older revision.
Another way to determine the revision is to take the lid off the unit and look for Cirrus Logic converters with “CS4270” printed on them, as this will determine the new revision. If the converters have “Wavefront AL1101” (for the inputs) and “AL1201” (for the outputs) printed on them, that means it is the older revision.
If you are unsure or are unable to determine what the converters look like, just take a high-res photo and email it to us. We’ll be able to tell right away.
|Behringer ADA8000 Standard|
|Behringer ADA8000 Premium|
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”.