Lynx E22 PCI Express Card

2-channel PCIe Audio Interface, 192kHz Sample Rate
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PCIe Perfection

If you're involved in demanding professional broadcast or recording, the Lynx E22 is made for you. Built upon the legacy of the acclaimed LynxONE and LynxTWO cards, E series audio interfaces go further to deliver the highest A/D and D/A conversion performance ever in a PCI Express card - even eclipsing that of the Lynx Aurora. The E22 employs state-of-the-art design methodologies to achieve high performance levels. Components are painstakingly selected to provide vanishingly low noise and distortion. The compact circuit topologies are engineered to cancel external noise pickup. Capacitors with solid dielectrics are used for high reliability and long life. Sweetwater engineers rely on Lynx products day-in and day-out. You can, too.

Solid Lynx engineering

Like all Lynx products, the Lynx E22 is engineered to perfection. One example would be the PCB layout, which emphasizes exacting component placement and trace routing, in addition to extensive use of copper planes for shielding and power distribution. With the PCI Express bus, power is a particular challenge due to the lack of the negative supply rail required to power analog amplifier stages. To overcome this, the E series employs a unique design that generates extremely low-noise supply rails that are quite tolerant of badly designed computer power supplies. Another core technology pioneered for use in audio devices by Lynx is the use of field programmable gate arrays.

Lynx E22 Features at a Glance:
  • PCIe audio interface with two analog I/O channels and two digital I/O channels
  • Two channels A/D and D/A conversion
  • Two channels of AES3 or S/PDIF I/O
  • Extremely low-jitter SynchroLock sample clock generator
  • Sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
  • Fixed or adjustable trim level on all analog I/O, relay controlled
  • Automatic output muting on power on/off (de-thump)
  • FPGA-based on-board hardware mixing
  • V2 DMA Engine promotes extremely low-latency operation
  • Drivers for Macintosh OS X, Windows 7 & 8. Thunderbolt compatible
  • Lynx Mixer application
  • RoHS compliant
  • Designed and built in Costa Mesa, CA

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity PCIe
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2 (Analog), 2 x 2 (Digital)
Ext. Hardware Weight 1 lb.
Manufacturer Part Number E22

Customer Reviews

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4.5/5

Not as fast as I would like but still stellar interface

I purchased this item since I wanted lower latency when playing virtual instruments, especially East West Hollywood Orchestra, VSL SE and Embertone. Usually PCI E is considered to be the fastest. I was using a Steinberg UR242 prior to this. After installation I was very disappointed. I could not get RTL under 10msecs without crack and pops. The buffer had to be set to 256 samples and was barely maintaining. To get solid performance I had to push it to 512 samples with an RTL around 20msec. My Steinberg was way better with minimal popping at 64 samples. Before sending it back I moved it to a PCI express slot next to CPU and made sure performance was set to max on windows power settings. "Wah-Lah" it worked. Finally it can run at 128 samples just a little under 6msec RTL. Not a giant improvement over a UR242 at just under 10msec, but it does sound amazing. I can't give it 5 stars since it is so finicky and no cables. It is a thoroughbred one trick pony. Not a do-it-all USB interface, but if your an audiophile you probably won't return it.
See also: Lynx, Lynx PCI Audio Interfaces