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Focusrite Saffire 10 i/o vs. PreSonus Firestudio Tube vs. any other

I found a Focusrite Saffire pro 10 on craigslist being sold as is. I got the guy to drop it down to 50 bones however there would be a 250 dollar charge to fix it from Thermal Relief. Should I buy this since in itself it is a steal? Or should I buck up and save for a PreSonus Firestudio Tube or even a Focusrite Liquid Saffire?

I need an interface for my day to day recording/tracking and would like for it to migrate into an actual studio one day. Im running a W7 machine in 64x and hoping I won't run into any software issues with the Saffire. Could use some pro help, thanks!

-Ralph

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anonymous Mon, 04/19/2010 - 15:34

Skip the tubes, bro. Don't get caught up in the hype. Starved plate preamps sound hairy because they're starved plate, not because of the AX7 they threw onto them. There's no way Presonus slammed a transformer big enough to power a REAL tube preamp into that two-rack-space box with 8 other preamps and 6 more audio inputs plus the AD/DA.

Nothing wrong with the Firestudio. Definitely something wrong with spending an extra $150 for hype, which is what you get with the "tube" version.

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