Lynx Aurora 16

16-channel 24-bit/192kHz A/D D/A Converter
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Lynx Aurora 16
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Some of the best A/D conversion available!

With Aurora, Lynx continues to be a leader in the world of digital audio. The Aurora A/D converters from Lynx Studio Technology provides unprecedented quality and control in 1U eight and sixteen channel models. The Aurora 8 and Aurora 16 feature 192kHz analog to digital and digital to analog conversion with front panel control of all routing and sample rate options. The rear panel has Clock and MIDI I/O connectors and an LSlot bay, for the optional use of ADAT and other audio interfaces. For excellent conversion quality, the Aurora 16 is your choice!

Lynx Aurora 16 at a Glance:
  • I/O
  • Front Panel Controls
  • On-board 32-channel Mixer
  • LSlot for Expansion
  • SynchroLock Jitter Reduction
  • DB-25 Connectors

Aurora provides professional I/O interfaces for ease of installation in most studios and live sound applications. The analog I/O is electronically balanced and supports both +4dBU and -10dBV nominal levels. The AES digital I/O is transformer coupled and is capable of driving 500 feet of cable at 192kHz. Both dual and single-wire AES channel modes are supported.

Front Panel Controls

Aurora's ergonomically designed front panel provides easy access to important controls and signal status. Unique to this product class, Aurora also offers extensive remote control capability. All front panel features as well as other low-level options can be controlled from the Lynx AES16 digital interface card on Windows and Macintosh platforms; a Pocket PC or laptop via infrared; MIDI; or an LSlot interface card. Multiple remote set-up configurations can be stored and recalled.

On-board 32-channel Mixer

The on-board 32-channel digital mixer provides extensive routing and mixing options. Acting as a powerful patch bay style digital router, Aurora can easily route signals between analog and digital inputs on a channel-by-channel basis. Mixing capability on each output also provides flexible zero latency monitoring.

LSlot for Expansion

The LSlot expansion port accepts cards that provide compatibility with current and emerging digital interface standards, including ADAT and others.

SynchroLock Jitter Reduction

Lynx's proprietary SynchroLock jitter reduction technology, from the AES16, is also included. This LYNX-exclusive feature provides extreme jitter reduction of up to 3000:1, allowing Aurora to output an extremely clean clock output for driving the digital audio system.

DB-25 Connectors

All analog and digital connections use DB-25 connectors with industry standard pin-outs which are compatible with off-the-shelf cables Lynx as well as from manufacturers such as ProCo, Hosa, and others.

Lynx Aurora 16 Features:
  • Aurora 16: Simultaneous 16-channel Analog I/O and 16-channel AES/EBU I/O
  • 24-bit/192kHz Mastering Quality A/D and D/A conversion
  • 192kHz AES/EBU I/O Supporting Single and Dual Wire Modes
  • Single Rack Space Configuration
  • Extensive Remote Control Capability via Lynx AES16, IrDA and MIDI
  • LSlot Expansion Slot for FireWire, ADAT, Pro Tools|HD and Future Interface Options
  • On-board Digital Mixer Provides Flexible I/O Routing
  • Word clock I/O with Lynx SynchroLock Jitter Reduction Technology
Lynx Aurora 16 - 16 channels of premium A/D D/A conversion!

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Tech Specs

Channels 16
A to D Yes
D to A Yes
Sample Rate 192kHz
Bit Depth 24-bit
Analog Inputs 2 x DB25
Analog Outputs 2 x DB25
Digital Inputs 2 x DB25 (AES/EBU)
Digital Outputs 2 x DB25 (AES/EBU)
Clock Inputs 1 x Word Clock
Clock Outputs 1 x Word Clock
Expansion Slots One expansion slot
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 9"
Width 19"
Weight 12 lbs. shipping weight
Manufacturer Part Number LYN-AUR16-RTL-115

Customer Reviews

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The sound of the Lynx Aurora 16 is just amazing. As a musician and producer, I think you must start by getting in your pc/mac what you hear in your speaker. I talked to lynx studio and their slogan is : WHAT YOU HEAR IS WHAT YOU GET. So I got two Lynx Aurora 16 and everytime I record some guitar tracks with my axe fx and my A&H Gs-r24 it's amazing. There is no word to describe how I feel. You must try these peices of gear. WARNING: IF YOU GET 2 LYNX AURORA, LET 2 OR 3 RACK SPACES BETWEEN THEM AND ADD SOME RACHMOUNT FANS. ;)
Music background: musician

Finally happy in the digital realm!

I had tons of regret when I switched to digital back in 1994. My mixes suffered and it wouls seem that all I was doing is "compensating" and not "mixing", I even bought a Sony DMXR100 thinking the dynamics and E.Q. would lend a helping hand,,,,,,yet I still struggled. Some of it was my fault, as I unconciously pushed the meters like tape, somehow in denial and thinking it would sound better LOL! In 2010, I purchased some 1073 clones, and other vintage greats, and bought a Lynx Aurora 16 and was blown away. No more fighting the mix and its the first time I have been totally satisfied with digital in years. Thanks Sweetwater...
Music background: Esoteric Studios

This is the one. This unit is beautiful.

A brief background: For years, I've been recording with a Digi-002R. I could get decent recordings, but nobody would ever mistake it for a commercial studio. After upgrading mics and then pres, I was getting better sound, but still not quite that radio-ready, finished sound. I decided it had to be the last link in my chain: The A/D conversion in the 002R. After a long time of agonizing over what to get, I bought the Aurora 16. Its maiden voyage was to record a jazz vocalist with a three-piece combo in a live performance. Eight channels in, all with great microphones, through great preamps, into the Aurora. In a word: Wow. You can say of basically all of the audio interfaces out there -- even the cheap ones -- that the sound is clean, even squeaky-clean. The same holds true for the Aurora, of course, but it goes far beyond mere clean. Where the 002R sounded thin and veiled (and attempts at correcting this yielded only muddy, out-of-control bass, not to mention a frustrated engineer), this unit's bass sounds bottomless (particularly on that gorgeous old upright being recorded!), and more importantly, effortless. The warm, round tones of the bass perfectly complement the sparkling midrange on the piano, and the fresh, airy ping of the ride cymbal (no artificial brightness, no harshness). Every last sultry lyric breathed into the mic was captured with extraordinary intimacy. This is it. This is the sound I want. This unit is beautiful. Cons: Non-universal-voltage power supply. This is probably not going to be a huge deal, as I've yet to secure a recording job overseas, but still... It seems like every other piece of audio gear out there now has a unviersal-voltage PSU so one doesn't have to worry about this.
Music background: Recording Engineer


Excellent. I previously owned an Apogee Rosetta 200. Tone is totally different but quality is comparable. The apogee had nicer low end IMO, but overall the Aurora had a more balanced tone and slightly larger stereo image. Obviously the Aurora 16 is a better price per channel deal. I sold the Apogee and don't regret it.
Music background: Pro Studio


interface is better than the 192. comes already with 16 ins/outs. higher headroom than the 192 and apogee, very transperent sound no matter what you are recording. The only downfall is the leds in front doesnt give a proper level readout, but besides that you should always use your ears anyway. the best bang for the buck, im happy i got it instead of the 192.
Music background: Engineer/Programmer

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

The Lynx Aurora 16 converters sound crystal clear. It's still hard to believe that you get 16 i/o in a single rack space, and it is still one of the best priced high-end converters on the market. Great for any studio with a great outboard selection needing to get into their computer.

Mike Conyers

With world-class A/D conversion for up to 16 channels in a single rack-space, the Aurora 16 is an extraordinary interface. Several add-in cards give you Firewire, ADAT and Pro Tools HD connectivity as well! You simply can't go wrong with Lynx.
See also: A/D Converters, Lynx, Lynx AD/DA Converters, Lynx Misc Digital Converters