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Presonus M80 vs M-Audio Tampa and DMP3?

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14 years 8 months
I currently have a M-Audio Tampa and DMP3 as my pres. I've just seen the Presonus M80 for an extremely low price and am wondering if it would be worth me selling my Tampa and DMP3 to get it?


Member for

14 years 8 months

dickiefunk Wed, 02/13/2008 - 00:48
Hi. This was the one with the Jensen transformer but I've decided not to get it.
To be perfectly honest, I am really happy with my DMP3 and Tampa and like the fact that they both have their own sound. I also like the versatility of the Tampa and the different sounds I can get.

The Presonus M80 cost £200 ($400)
I could have sold my DMP3 for £50-£100
I could have sold the Tampa for £150

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15 years 7 months

TVPostSound Wed, 02/13/2008 - 17:55
Wow, an M80 with Jensens for $400!!!

You could swap the socketed opamps for LT1357s ($40),
have Presonus completely go through it, and replace any faulty part for ($75) (it's their policy)

So for just over $500, you could have had 8 wonderful preamps!!! (That blows away any M-Audio pre)

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19 years 9 months

Davedog Thu, 02/14/2008 - 08:46
The fact that you state you can hear the difference in the DMP3 and the Tampa leads me to believe that you would have heard a difference with the M80.

Most new recordists dont realize that you need to train your ear to the subtleties of gear before you can understand what differences there are in any two pieces.

The greatest difference in the M80 would show at mix down where the iron in its signal path would show a LACK of buildup of undesired anomilies and would naturally have a benefit of greater separation of instruments as well as clarity.