Originally Posted by ben_allison
No preamps! I'd rather put that money into better conversion or other features!
8 in, 8 out.
Make it modular so one chassis could support more or fewer channels.
Separate stereo d/a for monitors so all 8 ins and outs can be used for mixing.
A good built in active monitor control with switching for using 2 or 3 sets of monitors.
Super awesome front panel - PM me if you want some experienced design consulting
In short, I think the market needs more options like the Metric Halo LIO that don't cost what the LIO costs!
Maybe consider selling it as a kit? I'd be all over that!!!
Might take you up on that.. I like your suggestions, I really do.. Been speaking with a PCB manufacturer to cut the load. Sent them the design waiting for pricing.
Everything is possible bar the chassis, unless I put a considerable price hike on it.. It would require a daughter board with a slot module for the additional I/O. Adding to cost again, top of the class TI A/D D\A chips aren't cheap. I also need the correct Opamps and power supply to make sure it does what it says on the tin, it's all money.
So if I'm to make any profit at all (It seems not much) and meet the $1000.00 for the 4X4 and the $2000.00 for the 8X8 (Seperate monitor out's).. Than it might not be possible..
That being said, it cost's $4000.00 for a Lio - 8..
For around $3000.00 I could do an 8x8 flagship with clock and mainboard hot swap in an I/O chassis. So in the future you wouldn't need to start again if you needed to upgrade. Just slide in the new board?
This could be a random crazy Idea, but I might look into using lunchbox modules with the chassis. So if you already bought an API / Daking 500 series module for example you can just slide it in. Although really unsure if there is any licensing or legals behind that one.
Sound like a good Idea?
Also two headphone monitor out's with different ohms, one for regular headphones low ohm and one for the likes of Sennheiser's etc.
I could sell the chassis and mainboard PCB, then you fit your own PS and do the wiring etc. with a warning if you blow it up it's your own fault