there was a study done by some recording engineers a while back to see what mic pre was the best all around pre (i cant find the link to save my life). they tested api's, avalons and quite a few others. during mid experiment one of the engineers brought a mackie onyx board just for sh*ts and giggles. they tried it and were amazed. by the end of the experiment they concluded that the onyx pre's are compariable if not better than all of the high priced pres they tested. i wish i had the link. (not quite sure this experiment wasnt payed for by mackie in a pathetic adverising scheme) anyone care to comment on thier experience with the onyx board?