Originally Posted by unfiltered420
I have a 16040i as well. I A/B'd the shit out of it with an Apogee ensemble, neither was better. Converters are the one piece you should spend the less on in your chain. Buy cheap converters, like the mackie (which have the same converter chip as the Pro Tools HD 92), and spend the money on quality analog gear, preamps, mics, etc. These will have way more of a dramatic effect on your sound. The sound of A/D converters and the difference between them has mostly to do with the analog circuitry in it, not the actual converters.
Wow, the anti-converter backlash has finally arrived!
Although according to your logic, since it's the analogue stages of the converter that matter, the fact that the mackie shares the same chip as the 192 is irrelevant...
I'm all for upgrading your system as a whole, and not placing the importance of converters above the rest of the system...but I wouldn't buy expensive preamps only to plug them into a mackie.