Crane Song is pleased to announce the first showing (at AES NY Booth #231) of the HEDD Quantum, the next generation of its legendary HEDD analog to digital / digital to analog converter, utilizing the same sub pico second jitter clock found in the Avocet IIA DAC. The result is outstanding imaging, an open 3D sound, and extremely detailed transit response. The clocking is applied to both the DA and AD converters. Additionally, the new HEDD Quantum features six word clock outputs allowing it to function as the master clock for all of your digital gear and a digital converter simultaneously.
“The addition of multiple word clock outputs greatly expands the functionality of the original HEDD,” explains Crane Song Founder and Developer Dave Hill. “The unit now provides unparalleled AD and DA conversion, but also serves as a master clock for an entire digital system. This allows users to have all of their digital gear take advantage of our recent advances in clocking technology without having to purchase a stand alone master clock.”
Crane Song has added Optical inputs and outputs in the new design. In addition to the new AD, DA, Clocking, I/O and WC outputs, HEDD Quantum maintains Dave Hill’s renowned DSP emulation of Triode and Pentode tubes as well as the tape emulation of the original HEDD designs. The operational modes allow the DA and the AD to be used simultaneously, at different sample rates. In the DIGI setting the unit will accept digital input from one of three sources, and output on all three digital outputs and the analog output at the same time. In the ANA mode the input is analog and it outputs to all three digital outputs and the analog output at the same time.
Dither, which is analog generated, is selectable for either 16 or 20 bit. The AD, DA and ASRC use high-end AKM 32 parts, coupled with proprietary analog filtering and clocking.
About Crane Song
Crane Song began in 1995 by Dave Hill and the company edict is all about loyalty – loyalty to their valuable employees, to the audio industry and especially to supporting their local community in Superior, Wisconsin. The company currently has eight full time employees, three of whom were with the company since its doors opened a decade ago. Today Crane Song has a dealer network which covers the United States, Canada, Australia, as well as throughout Europe and Asia. All Crane Song products, including their compressors, limiters, digital signal processors, converters, mic preamps and plug-ins are manufactured to the highest-quality sonic standards. All Crane Song products come with a lifetime warranty; however, the company has a less than 2% problem with any of its products – once a product leaves the Crane Song warehouse, it works so well that this manufacturer rarely sees it again.