i've been listening to old tapes i made on a 688. conclusion: i am done with cubase. editing and clarity are amazing, but the actual sound, the depth and warmth; really a disgrace to music. i've actually changed the way i play to avoid dynamics because everything gets smashed down to $*^t anyway. i have a 688 which needs repair but i'm thinking of buying a da38. can anyone tell me about digital recording on hi8? does this actually record anolog signal to tape with a digital time code, or does the signal go through a/d converters and come out sounding the same as it would on a computer recording? thanks much.