Hello, This is my first post here but I am already in love with this site. I looking for a digital audio interface with at least 8 channels to use with my MacBook Pro. I am considering either the TASCAM US-1641 or the Alesis io|26. I really prefer the looks of the TASCAM unit, but looks aren't everything. They are the same price ($399), so I'm really stuck as to which one to choose. Has anybody had any experience with one or both of these units? Any comparisons between the two? Does one have worse latency problems than the other? Finally, would it be harder to record live with the TASCAM unit seeing as the inputs are not XLR/quarter inch combo jacks? Also, are the preamps better in one unit over another? Thanks so much in advance for any advice!