First, thanks in advance for any comments. Second, apologies to anyone who subscribes to other threads and have seen the same question from me or other people. I'm deciding between the AKAI DPS16 and the Yamaha AW4416. Obviously, the price difference is enormous ($1300 (plus $300 for an external CDRW) vs. $2400 at most stores). $1100 or $800 depdnign on how you view it. That's a lot of funds. Here are my issues: 1) I'm having doubts about AKAI's dedication to supporting the DPS16. Seems like the price is falling precipitously and often enough the units are "on sale". This feels like an inventory clearance. Anyone know if AKAI is considering dropping this unit from its production line? I emailed them but to no avail. Having said that, this unit is admired for ease of use, sound quality, and affordability among other things where the AW4416 is a reputed technical beast with layers of oft confusing menus and a counterintuitive editing feature which prevents users from listening and editing in the same mode (this seems pretty foolish to me). I'm especially concerned about the editing features. Any ideas about whether Yamaha will be retooling the software to address that? Ultimately, I'm looking for a device for home recording, possibly bringing into the studio to grab some drum tracks, and maybe - just maybe -at some point setting up a little home studio for recording myself and some local artists. Maybe. Now, both machines have their ups and downs, with the clear advantage of the AW4416 being expandability and interfacing with sundry outboard gear. But all things considered - price and features primarily - which is a smarter investment? I'm not afraid to learn - and I'm not afraid to spend the money either - if I'm getting something that will be with me for 10 years and that can do the tricks I need it to do. I've long been enamoured with the Yamaha but recently have been intrigued by the AKAI. One more thing, assuming the Yamaha can be had a a discount... say 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000 or 2100... is there a price differential point that simply makes it a "no-brainer" to just go with the Yamaha. Also, while I'm rambling, I have certain concerns about the inboard CDRW on the Yamaha. Taking that issue on its own, is it better to buy an outboard unit? Darn... one more thing.. I read that users cannot back up data to external drives on the Yamaha. Is that true? Thoughts? I'm a tad scatterbrained over the whole thing. I just want to make a sound decision. Thanks.