What I'm looking for is a nice clean preamp and have been going nuts over the possibilities for my scenario. I have some assorted mics but my primary vocal tracking mic is a Rode K2 that I want to strictly "capture". I've been using the onboard preamps on my aging Yamaha 01V (no inserts, have adat & spdif in/out) that seem quite limited in regards to headroom, resolution and punch. My interface gear is a Wavecenter card (adat in/out - spdif) What I have been researching are: Tascam FW-1804 - pretty much a whole interface upgrade, has adat 500.00 Grace 101 - 1 channel, no inserts 565.00 Summit 2BA-221 - 1 channel, line out, inserts 590.00 Aphex 207D - dig out - spdif, inserts 400.00 ART DMPA Pro - dig out -adat, spdif, inserts 400.00 You can tell what my price range is. One of the things that I think about is the straight preamp digital output as opposed to the preamp line out to mixer line-in option & can't help but think that the digital to digital has to be better than going line out to the board and adding another gain stage the chain...? Or is the difference insignificant? (keep in mind that I don't have a wad of cash to buy stand-alone AD converters) Right now I'm leaning towards the FW-1804 or the Aphex 207D but last week it was something different Anyway, has anyone here been in a similiar situation or has one of the preamps above with some insight? What does the little guy do?