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Best affordable 8-channel A/D D/A?

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I was just wondering what people thought a good option might be for replacing the 888 on my Mix+ system. I just took the relatively expensive plunge on a Rosetta 800, which in the informal shootouts I've done thus far knocks the living socks off the 888. But I really want to have 16 in/out. Any other options out there that might sound better than the 888, but not cost as much as the Rosetta?

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Pro Audio Guest Fri, 08/29/2003 - 08:12
I have the RME ADI-8 AE and I'm happy with it, but I've never used the Apogees or more-high-end converters. Most of the RME stuff goes to 96 Khz and I think the new 9652 soundcard (not what your looking for) is the only thing they make that goes to 192 K.

Here is a link to the RME web page. http://www.rme-audio.de/english/index.htm

The thing is "Best" and "Affordable" are too often mutually exclusive, and really subjective.

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MisterBlue Fri, 08/29/2003 - 08:17
I own the RME ADI-8PRO converter system and I think it's great. I can't directly compare it to Apogee or other systems but I have seen a solid improvement over some of the less expensive systems like M-Audio and MOTU.

The only point to notice is that the above mentioned unit only goes up to 48kHz/24-bit which is fine with me but might be a showstopper for others. RME also offer a 96/24 unit (ADI8-DS?) at a slightly higher price.

These are not cheap units but they hit in my humble opinion the sweet spot of quality vs. price.

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MisterBlue Fri, 08/29/2003 - 08:21
To add a little piece of related information:

I believe that the "AE" version (Anniversay Edition) mentioned by musicalhair is the DS with different converter chips. I believe it is a little bit less expensive than the DS but probably also very good ... The specs at least look excellent as well.

MisterBlue.

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Pro Audio Guest Sat, 08/30/2003 - 03:35
Since you already have the Apogee this is probably not for you, but for others considering an AD/DA upgrade here's the solution we came up with-RADAR! Clock and converters that can't be beat, crashless tracking, a portable 24 track recorder, and digital I/O of your choice for AD/DA for your DAW for overdubs and mixing.

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