Just wanted to check with you folks on something: I record via the Aphex Tubessence 107 mic pre, straight into Sonar via a Gina20 currently. It's unlikely to change, other than my getting a new sound card. I mix internally within Sonar, with DirectX plugins, I use softsynths, Reason, etc. When I'm ready with the final mix, I simply export audio from Sonar - and it creates a file on my hard drive. That's it - which means after the input stage, I'm not going out of the digital domain at all. So the quality of D/A converters are inconsequential to me - other than for monitoring. Usually most 24-bit pro sound cards should produce good enough quality to sound good enough on my speakers (Genelec 1029As with 7050A sub). I've used the Gina for a long time, along with (more recently) the Neon (USB audio interface + MIDI controller - 24 bit) and find the replication pretty accurate. Although I agree that the RME Multiface probably does sound better, but here's what I'm trying to fish at (see below)... What really matters to me is the A/D conversion that's happening as I'm going into the box. Is the RME quality better than the Emu 1820 and the Layla 3G ($400-500)enough to warrant the extra expenditure on the RME Multiface ($500 additional at $920, including the PCI card)? Is it that much more noticeable? Sorry for these questions - just trying to see what's possible. I have friends using the 1820 and they are very happy with it. The RME Multiface supposedly, on the other hand, has the 'best drivers on the planet' and the converters sound as good as Apogee. Would someone please give me some advice? Thanks so much! BTW, having many inputs is a definite plus; no. of outputs is not really important (except it should have 2)!