Hi I belive my weak links in the chain are my monitors and my converters. my chain of equipment is as follows: TLM103 Neumann cardiod mike, SE Electronics Z3300a omni/cardiod/figure of 8; rode NT2. Great River ME1NV preamp Alesis speakers (the weak link!) motherboard, ASUS P4P800 deluxe motherboard processor and chipset, Intel P4 3.0GHz/800HT Northwood 512k sound card/audio interface Protools digi 002 video card, ATi Radeon 9200SE 128MB dual head 8x AGP amount and type of RAM, 512 MB DDR RAM PC3200 400 MHz x2 host application, Windows operating system, protools LE 6.7 (soon to upgrade to 7) type and size of hard drive(s), 2x 120GB serial ATA hard drive 8MB cache peripherals; PCI Gigabit ethernet adapter by Netgear (GA311), USB optical remote rechargeable mouse by Belkin, Firewire TC Electronic Powercore. I also have a waves APA 44 device connected via the ethernet adapter. I reckon I'll invest in high quality converters like LavryBlue, Benchmark or Apogee (probably Lavry), and better project studio speakers like Mackie 824s or Adam P11As (probably the Adams). Opinions guys/gals?