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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How are Scientific Conversion's transformers better than the others?
  • We use the highest quality materials, special precision winding, and 100% testing.

  • Our design eliminates high capacitance plastic injection molding or varnish impregnation.

  • Our parts have substantially decreased capacitance and 12 - 36 dB better CMRR vs. other transformers.

  • The result is greatly reduced interference susceptibility, noise, jitter and pulse aberration.

2. What is the difference in electrical characteristics between Surface Mount (SMD) and Thru-hole (TH) parts?

  • SMD transformers have the best CMRR and HF noise rejection.

  • Our SMD parts excel at higher sample rates, e.g. 96 and 192 kHz.

  • TH parts have greatly extended LF bandwidth, down to 700 Hz, for special applications and designs.

3. How are they packaged?

  • SMD transformers are in IC tubes of 25/50 per, for use with pick-and-place machines.

  • TH parts are packaged on styrofoam sheets of 100 per.

4. Where can we buy them? Do you have local representatives or distributors? How can we pay for them?

  • Scientific Conversion sells factory direct in the USA and worldwide.

  • We have no local distributors or reps.

  • We accept US checks, UPS COD or Paypal payments.

  • International customers please use bank transfer or Paypal. 

  • We don't have credit card payment, except via a Paypal account.

5. How can your transformers improve jitter?

  • They increase high frequency common mode noise rejection, reducing the receiver and clock circuit jitter.

  • Greatly reduced pulse aberration further improves jitter.

  • Low SP/DIF and AES3id signal levels can be increased by use of the 1:2 ratio stepup of our SC982-04 and SC944-05 transformers.

6. How can we interface to unbalanced connections e.g. SP/DIF and AES-3id?

  • SC961-04 1:1.20 ratio shielded for 75 to 110 Ohm conversion.

  • SC982-04 1:2 ratio unshielded 75:300 Ohm boosts low level on SP/DIF and coax lines up to the optimum for most AES receivers. See fig. 18 in our AES 1998 paper.

7. We need a transformer to provide phantom power to digital microphones.

  • Our SC983-05 (SMD) and SC981-04 (TH) include a center tap specifically designed for phantom power. See the application note in our AES 1998 paper.

8. What transformer to use for our particular sample rate?

  • All of our SMD parts can work over the entire range of sample rates 32 - 96 kHz.

  • You can use thru-hole or SC937-02 SMD for lower rates e.g. 32 - 48 kHz.

  • 96 kHz requires the SMD versions, e.g. SC937-02 and SC979-03.

  • SC937-02 is general purpose and best at rates 28...96 kHz, SC979-03 is optimized for higher rates, 48, 96 and 192 kHz. 

  • Our new SC947-02 "Super" transformer is optimized for use over the entire range 32 - 192 kHz.

9. How can we reduce EMI emission and susceptibility from long     AES/SPDIF cables?

  • Use SMD parts: SC937-02, SC947-02 and SC979-03 with shield, and low capacitance.

  • Use good RF layout practice, e.g. split groundplane, and short and direct traces. See our AES 2003 paper fig. 40.

  • Separate chassis and digital ground from the TX or RX IC's groundplane.

  • Use transformers on unbalanced coax connections to break chassis to circuit ground connection (Please see our application note in the AES 1998 paper).

10. How can we drive 2 AES/EBU outputs from an AES/EBU source without using active circuitry, e.g. to make an adapter?

  • Use our SC945-01 "SuperSplitter" to make a passive splitter (only for 110 Ohm balanced applications).

  • A complete splitter requires the transformer, a resistor and a few connectors, please see the spec sheet.

  • Optimized over the entire range 32 - 192 kHz! Very low jitter and low aberration.

  • Only 3 dB loss from input to each output! Far surpasses any other digital audio splitter available!


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Last revised: 03 May, 2007

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