Behringer ADA8200 Audio Interface


8-Channel audio interface with ADAT digital i/o

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The ADA8200 is a professional analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue interface in a 1U package. Its primary role is to provide audio inputs & outputs for recording with a digital audio workstation (DAW). It uses an ADAT-format, 8-channel digital interface to connect with the DAW

The ADA8200 replaces the ADA8000. It is ideal as an eight channel expander for interfaces like the RME Fireface 800 or Focusrite Saffire which have ADAT connections. It offers a quick & easy way of adding eight additional audio channels

Inputs & outputs

  • 8 Microphone inputs on XLR connectors with switchable phantom power
  • 8 Line-level inputs on jack sockets
  • 8 Analogue line-level outputs on XLR connectors
  • 8 Digital inputs & outputs via 2 ADAT optical connections
  • 1 Digital sync input / output via BNC sync connector
  • Sync source switch
  • Word Clock slave
  • ADAT input slave
  •  44.1 KHz internal master clock
  • 48 KHz internal master clock

External sync can be from Word Clock or ADAT data stream or the ADA8200 can sync to its internal clock

The provision of mic and line level inputs, with jacks and XLRs, makes it easy to patch in audio sources and audio quality is excellent

The ADA8200 (and 8000 before it) are great examples of Behringer hitting the nail on the head. It’s simple, effective and well-priced and has become a common sight in studio racks

Sound on Sound has this to say:

The marketing tag-line for the ADA 8200 should be something like ‘the king is dead; long live the king!’ because the new model is, in every practical way, exactly the same as the old. It has the same I/O, the same controls, the same operation, and the same restrictions. Yes, there are welcome improvements in the tech specs, but they really are only small improvements. On a more practical level, the muting and ADAT sync issues associated with the later batches of the original ADA 8000 have been addressed, and there is better gain-knob precision and linearity, in part because the frustrating detents of the original model have been removed. In use, the converters sound noticeably sweeter and cleaner, and the mic preamp is also a little quieter and more neutral, but nothing here is setting any benchmarks.

The bottom line is that the ADA 8200 is a convenient, low-budget, workaday ADAT interface and eight-channel preamp. It’s nothing special, but it is very handy and very cost-effective — and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s also usefully and noticeably better than the original version. That’s probably going to ensure that the ADA 8200 will take the honour of becoming Behringer’s best-selling product.”

Supplied with a pair of optical digital cables. UK, EU or US power cable supplied on request

Each channel has a mic input on XLR, line input on a jack socket with a level trim. Microphone phantom powering is all-on or all-off, switched from the front panel. The power switch & sync indicator are the final front panel controls Sampling is 16-bit and sample rate is 44.1 or 48 KHz, set by external sync or, for internal sync, switched by the rear-panel sync switch The back panel has eight audio outputs on XLRs, Word Clock sync in/out on a BNC connector, sync source switch (see options above), ADAT-style optical digital input & output (using the same TOSlink connector as optical SPDIF) and a power socket
1U device suitable for mounting in a standard 19" rack. 220 Volt AC input with standard IEC mains connector. UK or Euro mains cable supplied on request

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Sound on Sound Review

In excellent used condition with minor case scratches and some rack rash Supplied with a pair of optical digital cables. UK, EU or US power cable supplied on request