Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.26.16 PM

Our take:

The Lynx Hilo is more than a state of the art 2 Channel Mastering ADDA converter! It offers unprecedented connectivity combined with near total freedom of internal routing! It also doubles as a monitoring device and has built-in measuring and analytical functionality. All is controllable from its touchscreen or remotely controlled via your PC/Mac. The headphone amp is on par with the rest of the unit! Ah, it also offers DSD and a ton more!

We love to take the Hilo with us on location to monitor the output of the preamp and then record directly on to mobile recorders. it’s super compact and super high end!


The Lynx Studio Technology Hilo Reference AD/DA Converter System re-engineers and redefines the concept and functionality of the two-channel converter. Essentially three units in one: A/D converter;D/A converter; and headphone amplifier, Hilo offers connectivity, performance and control never before available. Newly designed differential analog stages and bi-linear converter topology provide industry-leading noise and distortion specifications and unprecedented transparency. Digital I/O is extremely versatile with support for AES/EBU, S/PDIF (via coax or optical) or ADAT. The Lynx LT-USB is standard, allowing additional USB I/O and computer connectivity.

Hilo is also the first professional converter with touchscreen operation and monitoring. All controls and signal routing is set up using easy to use menus. The setup page shows two stereo input meters and three stereo output meters. Optional screens show two selectable meter setsand even old-style analog VU meters. Future screens (updatable in the FPGA via download) will include further metering options, diagnostic operations and personalization.

The internal 32-channel mixer allows any input to be routed to any output. In fact there are three stereo analog output options. Line-out that supports eight standard trim settings, monitor-out with a volume control, and a headphone output, also with a volume control. In fact the headphone output has its own dedicated D/A converter with the option of a different mix than the line and monitor outputs.


Full-featured, ultra high performance AD/DA converter
12 inputs and 16 outputs
Control and monitoring via 480 x 272 LCD touchscreen
Three in one pro-level unit: A/D converter; D/A converter; headphone amplifier
Latest FPGA technology allows future enhancements and ability touse LCD technology for added metering, diagnostic, measurement functions
Utilizes Lynx Studio Technology’s proprietary SynchroLock™ technology to virtually eliminate jitter
Analog, AES/EBU, S/PDIF (via coax or TOSLINK), ADAT, USB inputs and outputs
Ships with LT-USB
RoHS compliant
Designed and manufactured in the USA by Lynx Studio Technology, Inc.