Any opinions on the best recorder to get for recording classical ensembles, using only 2 tracks, with a Royer 24 stereo mic and Millenium HV-3B pre-amp? Is there a difference in audio quality between the new digital recorders that are replacing DATS, made by Fostex, Sound Devices, Tascam, Nagra etc? The Fostex FR-2 preamps cannot be bypassed. The Tascam DV-RA1000 includes DSD recording. For practical reasons I would usually or always be converting to 16/44.1 or 16/48. The Sound Devices 722 looks good although I wouldn't need it's preamps. The Nagra ARES-BB+ looks promising. I've noticed that it is hard to find out how many decibels noise the units produce which could be picked up by a sensitive microphone. Some of them have built in hard drives, which are sure to produce some noise. I have very little experience with digital recorders and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.