Is there inexpensive recording equipment that measures up in every way to higher priced items, in terms of headroom, noise level, durability and sound quality? Or is this all just a dream? Is budget equipment a compromise of quality vs. price? Do the cheaper knock off products really measure up to the “real” thing or are they just half or three quarters as good? Is this a good trend to pursue or are we allowing ourselves to compromise (if there is indeed a compromise) our art with substandard tools?