We all know what it sounds like when we take two channels and pan them hard left and right and delay one track slightly. If you are recording something in stereo and the converters are not tight does it cause a similar effect? As an example: If we are recording a choir in stereo using two matched high end mics but running them through mid level converters with inconsistent clocking between each channel, is this why things don't quite seem tight? What starts to happen to the imaging and clarity? I am understanding things clearer, I'm really starting to get it here. Converter quality is even more important than I thought. I also see how one could appear fat and one more transparent. It gets more interesting to me. There is only so much a manufacturer can put into a product before it become clear how good it really is or if it is right for a two track system. If we are investing in the larger channel converters at a bargain price, the ones with multiple pre-amps included in the product, I see why a very stable power is critical to keep things true. Price factor and what we are getting in these multiple channel combo's makes me question things even more and helps me understand what the important factors arr for high end stereo tracking. When you start compounding track count its obvious why this becomes a mud bath. Now the question is, what is acceptable and wow, it is really starting to make sense to me now.