hi, im in the market for new audio converters. i have the delta 44 now and using sonar 2.0. i run through ART tubes for pre amp and ART VLA for compression. then taking that signal through mackie 1202-vlz for monitoring(gain at unity). the mic is the Neumann tlm103 and am also about to purchase akgc451 so i can stereo mike things like an acoustic or dobro or whatever for that matter. am also looking at purchasing a very high quality pre like an avalon to go with this setup. my question is what audio converter would be the best for me. i am shooting for high quality(since i found out how importan converters are). oh, am also going to cubase sx3 for my daw and working on acousticly treating my room. i have the 4 inputs now with the delta 44 but rarely use all of them. i know i would be way more happy with two inputs that are top of the line than a whole bunch poopy ones. i talked with a guy at good ol sam ash and he has directed me towords the personas firewire rack(8 midgrade converters) for 600$. he said that was the best bet for me, BUT.. i know there has to be just two converters for around that same price that are smokin! please help and sorry about the book i just wrote.(just wanted you guys to get the best idea of what to do)! thanks a bunch! P.S. whats the deal with the word clock. do i need one?