This is how i came to my conclusion. My D&R console is very clean. I set up a mix from my DAW to my console. I did all my processing outboard and recorded each individual track back into my DAW. I set all my newly recorded tracks to go out to my monitors. When I would play the mix through the console and A/B it against the same tracks recorded in my DAW I could hear no difference. Even straining I couldn't tell which what which. My console definitely adds an increased stereo image and better depth to mixes. Put when that signal is recorded into my DAW all the goodness is to. What have your experiences been?