I want to augment the number of inputs on my 01v96 for live and (live)recording. The OctoPre (with ADAT+AES/EBU module) looks attractive to me because of the dynamics controls before A/D conversion. The Onyx 800r would sound better + you can phase switch on all channels instead of just the first two. It would even carry me into the 192KHz era, though I usually work at 48KHz/24bit. Because of sound and connectivity I am leaning towards the Mackie. There are no inserts on it. I can of course do some compression and compensation of level within the 01v96. Both units cost about the same, so money is of no concern. Anyone got a take on this? Is the Onyx 800R a better buy than the OctoPre even without these dynamics controls? Is there an even better unit that I do not know?