Ok, So this is more of a poll than a question I assume. But lately, my RME converters have been acting funny (I think the clock may be going- or bad optical cabling...not sure yet) so I've just been using my DIGI002r. I have to say, that when I really listen, I can't tell much of a difference. Obviously RME doesn't compare to Lucid, Benchmark, Lavry etc....but I guess my question is...with so much "hating" on mid-level converters...are they really as important as people say? I've been reading Kurt's posts on converters for some time now, and while at first I didn't agree with his posts, I'm starting to think that the price of good electronics and clock tehnology has come down so much, that a 002r or Motu traveller or whatever else mid-level conversion is good enough for anyone planning to mix down in a large studio. Honestly, I've taken some really crappy tracks to the studio (before I bought "good" gear), and the engineers have worked it into beautiful polished recordings. So seriously, for someone like myself who engineers (but is mostly a recording musician), the mid-level converters seem to be more than capable. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions as to how much good conversion improved their overall product. Because I don't want to spend money on new outboard conversion (assuming my RME is even broken). thx.