con·​vert·​er | \ kən-ˈvər-tər How to pronounce converter (audio) \

Definition of converter

: one that converts: such as
a : the furnace used in the Bessemer process
b or convertor \ kən-​ˈvər-​tər How to pronounce convertor (audio) \ : a device employing mechanical rotation for changing electrical energy from one form to another (as from direct current to alternating current or vice versa) also : a radio device for converting one frequency to another
c : a device for adapting a television or radio receiver to receive channels or frequencies for which it was not originally designed a cable converter FM converter
d : a device that accepts data in one form and converts it to another analog-digital converter

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Also check if an output converter is needed (a box that makes the new radio work with the factory speakers), as well as an antenna adapter or faceplate filler panels to make up for gaps that may be created. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Revamp Your Car Stereo," 7 Nov. 2012 That’s equivalent to $14,369 in 2015’s money, according to a historical currency converter devised by Rodney Edvinsson, an associate professor at Stockholm University. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Bond That’s Still Paying Interest, 280 Years Later," 6 Jan. 2019 Better yet, every iPhone 7 will come with a Lightning-to-old-school converter, for free! Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, And More: Everything From Apple's Big Event," 7 Sep. 2016 Unlike most travel adapters that are either too bulky or require an external converter, this streamlined adapter takes up practically no room in your bag and handles any necessary conversions itself. Popular Mechanics, "Charge 4 Gadgets at Once with This Travel Adapter," 10 Jan. 2019 Creative officials said the card is rated at a 129dB signal-to-noise ratio and uses an ESS Sabre 32 digital analog converter. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Exclusive first look: Creative Labs' high-end Sound BlasterX AE-9 breaks cover," 8 Dec. 2018 To assist with producing that clear, uncompressed sound, Razer included a DAC (digital audio converter) that works at 24bit/96kHz. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC review: easy isolation," 20 Dec. 2018 Having this connector means the headphones need to contain their own DAC, or digital to analogue converter, rather than relying on the chip inside the phone. Jon Porter, The Verge, "SoundMagic adds USB-C to its budget earbuds," 20 Dec. 2018 Although still based on the same Sound Core 3D chip as the AE-5 and AE-5 Pure, the AE-9 jettisons the on-chip digital analog converter, or DAC, in favor of an external DAC. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Exclusive first look: Creative Labs' high-end Sound BlasterX AE-9 breaks cover," 8 Dec. 2018

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1533, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of converter

technical : a piece of equipment that changes something (such as radio signals, radio frequencies, or data) from one form to another

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