Benchmark ADC16 Analogue to Digital Converter, Silver with Rack Ears

£3,899.00 RRP £4,332.22 (including VAT @ 20%)

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  • 16-Channel Analogue-to-Digital Audio Converter
  • 4 Sets of Digital Outputs
  • Sample Rates from 28 - 200kHz
  • Reliable, Consistent Performance
  • Silver Finish with Rack Ears

Benchmark ADC16 Analogue to Digital Converter, Silver with Rack Ears

The Benchmark ADC16 16-channel analogue-to-digital audio converter preserves all of the nuances of the source, offering sonic purity that spans an entire multi-track recording session. It eliminates jitter thanks to the UltraLock DDS jitter attenuation system, and is fully rack-mountable.

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Pristine Analogue Circuitry

The ADC16 boasts exceptionally pristine analogue circuitry, with 16 channels of transformerless balanced analogue inputs. Each channel has a gain control with a 20dB range. The control panel allows you to dictate the source for each of the digital outputs, giving you excellent flexibility and reducing latency and artifacts in real-time monitoring.

Low-Jitter Clock Technology

Benchmark's UltraLock DDS™ clock system utilises low-jitter clock technology developed for high-frequency RF communications systems. It ensures that jitter-induced distortion is always at least 135dB below the level of the music, making it effectively inaudible. Its agility allows it to lock to any sample rate between 28 and 200kHz in a few milliseconds, so changes in sample rate are no problem.

Firewire Card Compatibility

The ADC16 includes a slot for an optional Firewire card. Expanding in this fashion allows it to operate as the sole interface to native DAWs.


  • Sixteen (16) channels of 24-bit analog-to-digital audio conversion
  • 9-segment dual-range digital LED meters with 'peak-hold' functionality
  • Multifunction clock input with auto-recognition of AES, SPDIF, Word Clock, or Super Clock
  • Capable of synchronizing to a master clock, other digital sources, and/or computer
  • Benchmark's phase-accurate jitter-immune UltraLockDDS™ technology
  • High-precision, low-jitter master clock via a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator
  • Word Clock output
  • Balanced analog inputs via two DB-25 connectors (eight channels per DB-25) - Tascam pinout
  • +6 dBu to +29 dBu input sensitivity range (at 0 dBFS)
  • 10-turn gain-calibration controls (1 per channel) with a 23 dB gain range
  • 'Press-and-hold' buttons to prevent catastrophic incidents
  • Sample-rate selector and indicator for digital outputs
  • Conversion at sample rates between 28 and 200 kHz
  • Five types of digital output (AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, ADAT, and optional interface card)
  • All digital outputs can be sourced from internal A/D or from optional interface card (DAW)
  • Optical output supports AES/EBU, ADAT, ADAT S/MUX2, and ADAT S/MUX4 output formats
  • THD+N = -104 dB, 0.00063% @ -3 dBFS input, SNR 121 dB A-weighted
  • Reliable and consistent performance under all operating conditions
  • Internal 90 - 264 VAC international power supply
  • Meets FCC Class B and CE emissions requirements
  • Tested to EN 6100-6-2 for RF immunity


Balanced Analogue Audio Inputs:

  • Number of Inputs: 16
  • Connectors: Two 25-Pin DB-25 Connectors
  • Connector Pinout: Tascam Analogue DB-25 Standard
  • Impedance: 200kOhms Balanced, 100kOhms Unbalanced
  • Sensitivity at Maximum Gain: -14dBu @ -20dBFS
  • Sensitivity at Factory Preset Gain: +4dBu @ -20dBFS
  • Sensitivity at Minimum Gain: +9dBu @ -20dBFS
  • Maximum Input Level at Maximum Gain: +6dBu @ 0dBFS
  • Maximum Input Level at Factory Preset Gain: +24dBu @ 0dBFS
  • Maximum Input Level at Minimum Gain: +29dBu @ 0dBFS
  • CMRR: >90dB @ 1kHz
  • Common Mode Trim:
    • Dual Frequency
    • RF Filter
    • Transient Protection
    • Over-Voltage Protection
    • AC Coupled

WC/SC/AES Clock Reference Input:

  • Connector: BNC
  • Input Impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Input Formats (Auto Detected): Word Clock, 256X Super Clock, AES
  • Sensitivity with Word Clock Input: 320mVpp
  • Sensitivity with Super Clock Input: 500mVpp
  • Sensitivity with AES Input: 150mVpp

AES Clock Reference Input:

  • Connector: Uses 'Digital In 1' on Top AES DB-25
  • Connector Pinout: Tascam AES DB-25
  • Input Impedance: 110 Ohms Balanced
  • Input Formats: AES, S/PDIF - Pro or Consumer
  • Sensitivity: 150mVpp

Balanced AES/EBU Digital Outputs:

  • Audio Channels: 16
  • Output Format: AES3 Professional Data Format
  • Output Sample Rate: Up to 200kHz
  • Output Word Length: 24-Bits
  • Connectors: Two DB-25 Connectors
  • Connector Pinout: Tascam AES DB-25 Pinout
  • Output Impedance: 110 Ohms
  • Output Level: 4Vpp into 110 Ohms

Coaxial Digital Outputs:

  • Audio Channels: 16
  • Output Format: AES3 Professional Data Format
  • Output Sample Rate: Up to 200kHz
  • Output Word Length: 24 Bits
  • Connectors: Eight RCA Connectors
  • Output Impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Output Level: 1Vpp into 75 Ohms

Multi-Format Optical Digital Outputs:

  • Audio Channels: 16
  • Output Formats: AES3, ADAT, ADAT S/MUX² and ADAT S/Mux⁴
  • Output Sample Rate: Up to 200kHz
  • Output Word Length: 24 Bits
  • Connectors: Eight Toslink Optical Transmitters

DAW Card Slot:

  • Audio Channels: 16 In and 16 Out
  • Sample Rates: Up to 200kHz (Card Dependent)
  • Output Word Length: 24 Bits
  • External Interfaces: Card Dependent