The Langevin DAC had two winning features: great sound and a low price. The great sound came from the UltraAnalog converters which are no longer made. The low price came from the fact that we were building this converter for many years. It was a well proven design. The 2-channel stereo UltraAnalog converter was teamed with a Linear Technologies LT1028 amplifier
in the analog section. SPDIF and AES digital inputs, RCA and XLR unbalanced outputs, and front panel adjustable level controls in conjunction with three separate regulated power supplies combined to make these truly exceptional and cost effective converters.
The Langevin DAC and the Manley JR DAC were exactly the same products, except for the faceplates.
Get the owner's manual for the Langevin 20-Bit Digital to Analog Converter PDF.
Features & Specifications
Langevin 20-Bit Digital to Analog Converter
- ULTRAANALOG stereo system
- black anodized faceplate
- LT1028 line output stage
- Gain-adjust screwdriver controls
- Digital Phase invert switch
- Compact size
- 5 separate power supplies
- AES & SPDIF digital inputs
- Gold RCA and XLR unbalanced outputs
- Separate Circuit & Chassis Ground terminals
- Power Consumption: 10 watts
- Factory set for 100V, 120V or 220-240VAC operation for original destination country's mains voltage.
- Operating Mains Voltage changeable with power transformer changeover switch and fuse value change
- Mains Voltage Frequency:
- Dimensions: W=19", L=10". H=1 3/4"
- Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
- Langevin 20-Bit Digital to Analog Converter Original Retail Price: $1,575 clams (USD $) per each
We frequently get asked a number of questions regarding Langevin, including the proper pronunciation of the name. (the "g" is soft
like in "gelatin" or "orange").
Langevin was one of the original pro audio manufacturers dating back to WWII. In that era there were far fewer audio manufacturers and Langevin gear was very popular and especially respected in the broadcast industry. There were very few recording studios then and most of them relied on Langevin, Altec, Fairchild, and other great brands as well as home-made gear. Early Langevin equipment was vacuum tube based and later became mostly discrete transistor based. Today, you can often find vintage Langevin pieces still in use after all this time.
Are these the exact same circuits as the vintage pieces?
The mic preamplifier and EQ borrow some ideas from the old circuits but are not identical at all. We designed new gain blocks to deal with the balanced/unbalanced saga better than they used to in the olden days. And of course, we use new parts! Transistors, pots and most components have become significantly improved over the last 30 years. The limiter is a blend of the old discrete style of Langevin discrete and the also vintage "LA" series of Levelling Amplifiers. Manley developed a similar opto-based limiter and has used
it in the Manley ELOP Limiter, Langevin ELOP Limiter, Langevin Dual Vocal Combo, and the VO limiter / de-esser section.
What's the difference between a Manley Pultec or ELOPLimiter and a Langevin one?
The Manley units are all-tube while the Langevin units have all-discrete make up gain amplifiers. The EQ or limiting and metering sections are all the same Manley-to-Langevin. Your choice becomes between the sound of discrete transistor cicuitry in the Langevin gear or vacuum tubes with and without transformers in the Manley gear. Different flavours, but all build side-by-side with all high quality parts and reliable construction techniques at the Manley Labs factory. Take an on-line factory tour here!
Do we support any of the vintage Langevin products?
Sorry, no. We just bought the name and rights to use any of the old circuits. We didn't build the old stuff and never have had parts or real documentation. The usual experts on vintage gear and restoration are your best bet.