Dangerous Music CONVERT-2

Stereo D/A Converter and Monitor Controller with USB, AES, SPDIF, ADAT, and Optical SPDIF Support
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High-end Stereo Conversion/Monitoring

The Dangerous Music Convert-2 gives you high-definition stereo reference monitoring, audiophile-grade mastering front-end playback conversion, and a USB input that lets you connect directly to your DAW. Its no-compromise design leverages Dangerous Music's many years of experience and dedication to the creation of truly "transparent, yet musical" high-end professional studio gear. The sound is stunningly detailed, with a lavishly defined bottom and breathtaking clarity across the entire audio spectrum. Convert-2 is smartly designed, extremely useful, and sounds incredible. At Sweetwater, we'd expect nothing less from Dangerous Music.

Dangerous Music Convert-2 at a Glance:
  • Audiophile-grade mastering front-end playback conversion
  • USB port for direct DAW connectivity
  • Smartly designed, extremely useful, and sounds incredible
Audiophile-grade mastering front-end playback conversion

Dangerous Music set the standard for audiophile-grade D/A Conversion in 2002 when they unleashed their Dangerous Monitor, which provided a new reference for mastering engineers. The DAC-ST, D-Box, and Source followed. Now the company's Convert series raises the bar further with a new generation of D/A conversion which provides the sought-after qualities that have made Dangerous the choice for tracking, mixing, and mastering engineers worldwide, along with the latest technology in audio electronics.

USB port for direct DAW connectivity

Dangerous Music designed the Convert-2 to integrate into your modern studio, however you have it configured. One feature you'll especially appreciate is bi-directional USB, which lets you send and receive digital audio. Any signal you've jacked to the Convert-2's AES-2 input, for example, can be concurrently routed to the USB path. This gives you the option of sending digital audio to your DAW from any digital source.

Smartly designed, extremely useful, and incredible-sounding

The Convert-2 also rocks a custom volume pot you can use in two ways. Use it as a volume knob, connecting the L-R analog outputs directly to a pair of studio monitors. Turn it fully clockwise, and a switch engages a relay, removing the pot completely from the signal path. This lets you use the Convert-2 with an external monitor controller. Whether you have a home-based project studio, a mobile production rig, or a world-class commercial facility, the Dangerous Music Convert-2 will significantly enhance your sonics, and your workflow.

Dangerous Music Convert-2 Features:
  • High-definition stereo reference monitoring
  • Audiophile-grade mastering front-end playback conversion
  • USB port for direct DAW connectivity
  • Five digital input formats: USB, AES, SPDIF, ADAT, and Toslink (optical SPDIF)
  • Compatible with Monitor ST/SR for remote switching
  • USB digital pass-through
Enhance your sonics and workflow with Dangerous Music's Convert-2!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Channels 2
D to A Yes
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Digital Inputs 2 x XLR (AES/EBU), 2 x Optical
Digital Outputs 2 x XLR Thru (AES/EBU)
Clock Inputs 1 x Word Clock
Clock Outputs 1 x Word Clock
Other I/O 1 x USB, 2 x Remote
Manufacturer Part Number CONVERT-2

Customer Reviews

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Serious Clarity

I have heard many high end mastering level DACS and this one really delivers in a way I haven't heard before. I can hear ambience and transient details substantially clearer with the Convert-2 than with my Apogee Symphony Mk1 or Grace m905 DAC, both of which are very high end already. Also, I notice that there is a lot less distortion in the high end, vocals that used to be edgy and a bit crunchy are now much smoother and natural. As a result I am leaving the presence region, alone more and processing less, this means the vocal stays more natural and real sounding rather than being de-essed to death to heavily to compensate for imaginary harshness. Overall I feel much more confident in what I am hearing and I am enjoying mixing even more.
Music background: Pro Engineer/Mixer

Wow, Just WOW! The Covert-2 is the BOMB!

I have been chasing good sound my entire life. I need to have a spot on accurate monitoring environment for mixing and mastering. I have spent many years and mega $$ on equipment over the years, which includes Focal Twins. My studio/monitoring room is a fair distance from my audio equipment that is in a server room. I have to extend using Owens Corning thunderbolt cables then covert from digital back to Analog in the studio. Everything I have tried has had incremental improvement, but there has always been something missing. The clarity, imaging, etc. simply was not there. I finally decided to to bite the bullet and purchase the Convert-2. It gets good reviews. Figured I would try it for myself. Don't like it, I could return it. Love Sweetwater! I dropped the convert 2 in and instantly heard a difference. Of course, I must want it. Is it really better? I Setup a series of AB tests to see if it really is better. I can easily toggle between different sound sources in my studio. Keeping the Focal Twin's as the main monitors and the reference audio the exact same, I setup a toggle that could switch my output to route through different DAC's and into my speakers. My tests included audio out via an Avid HD I/O, Universal Audio 8p Monitor Out, and a Behringer Ultramatch Pro SRC2496 (SPDIF out Avid to SRC2486). I also tested USB out of a MAC PRO directly to the Convert 2 and SPDIF out of the mac to the above equipment. Wow, what a HUGE difference when using the Convert-2. Seriously, it is unbelievable. The first thing that jumps out is all of the additional detail the other converters don't get. I was actually very disappointed in the performance of the UAD 8p. It isn't anywhere near what I expected. The imaging between the speakers is dead on with the Convert 2. Another thing that is very obvious is that there is zero noise that comes from the Convert-2. It is super clean. Like other say, it is transparent. I don't like those subjective comments, but it is a good descriptor. What you hear via the Convert 2 is what's there. Nothing more and nothing less. If you need a Modern and powerful DAC, spend the money and give the Convert-2 a try.

The Missing Link in My Monitoring Chain

I had to take a minute to write a few words on this great piece, having noticed that there was only one other review. In a word, it is fabulous when integrated with a Dangerous Monitor ST. Perfect, seamless integration, works perfectly with the ST remote, and effectively adds four additional inputs to your Monitor ST. But don't think for a minute that this box is only for you if you already own a Monitor ST! Maybe you are a smaller studio and only have three or four things to run to your monitors; if you have a digital output on each of them, this is all you need! (Think DAW output (AES or SPDIF), computer audio (USB), CD player (AES or SPDIF-AES cable), and you still have an optical input left over!) But how does it sound? In a word, transparent. It's not what you do hear, but what you don't hear. You DON'T hear the converter. What you DO hear is exactly what is there in the source material: the actual width of the stereo field, the depth of the bass track, the punch of the drums, and whether the top end is static hiss or perfectly-crafted high-frequency sizzle. This unit gives you the ability to hear all your digital sources through the same converter (that you don't hear) so you can make true comparisons. You wouldn't believe the number of big-name commercial releases that I thought sounded great until I passed them through this box and (of course) a great set of monitors (Focal Twin6Be's). Just little things I never noticed in my car, or on any other listening system. Now I can make sure those little annoyances are not in MY tracks because I can hear them before publishing and can correct them! Lastly, I just have to devote a paragraph to the customer service at Dangerous Music, which is a huge reason I now proudly own four separate pieces of Dangerous gear. Simply put, outside of the service I receive at Sweetwater, I have never received anywhere near the incredible customer support I have received from Dangerous Music. Whether it is simply a question about the gear I send them via e-mail, or a problem I am encountering they always treat me like I am the only customer they have. Bob and his team have quite frankly earned my business for life because of the way they have treated me, and they know that if I am ever debating between a competing piece of gear and theirs, I will just default to theirs because the customer service always puts them over the top. They realize you have a lot of choices when spending this kind of money, and don't take a single penny of it for granted. That is why they get 5 stars, and will continue to have my support as long as I am making music. If you have the means and are debating this purchase, just buy it. The workflow improvement alone was worth it for me, but the way the company treats us as customers makes me feel good about giving them my business!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Vocalist

Dangerous Convert-2

All that you can read online about this box is true. All those comments like "Holy Wow" and "That's a night & day difference " and "I can't believe how good this sounds" and "it sounds like I had a wool blanket over my speakers with my previous converter" are true. I feed my final mix to this box via AES from my RME UFX. There is a depth and "fullness" to the sound that isn't there when using the RME converters.. Years ago, the Dbox changed my life.. By the time I saved up enough cash to check out the Dangerous 2Bus, the 2Bus+ came out.. Saved a little more and got one. Life (and workflow changer) again. When I'd saved up for my next hose studio upgrade, Dangerous Music and the Convert 2 won again.. Great company. Support over the years has been excellent when I needed them. When you read their manuals you get it. And they'll make ya smile too.. These folks are musicians and they build gear for musicians. They make their products super easy to use and they realize how important that is.. I am a Dangerous Con-vert and this converter is worth every penny!
Music background: Musician, Engineer, Producer
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