Hola Folks, My brain has been melted while looking for a new audio interface or some way to augment my current set-up. I am running an Apogee Ensemble at the moment and the 8 channel I/O is no longer enough for what I am doing. My profile is up to date if you'd like more information. So the question is: If I bought another audio interface of similar build 8X8 (MOTU is looking good for the price) that has optical In and optical Out, would I be able to use each as 8 channels in and 8 channels out? I am aware that optical is 8 channel at 24bit 48kHz. Perfect! I cannot find anything which verifies that a device can send 8 channels on both sides of the I/O. Are they separate data streams? does the optical in/out cover only 8 channels total or 16 channels total? Please no comments about combining converters or why would you want to do that blah blah blah. I am aware of the timbre differences but another Apogee Ensemble is out of reach at the moment. And if I cannot do 8 in, 8 out through ADAT Optical I will just buy a larger system! Much love audio geeks.