AMS-Neve appears as a much more considerate company providing an a-la-carte product.
A few months ago I spent some time auditioning the AWS, with budget in hand, this is how I felt:
I dont want 24 channels of ssl eq (Most of the time I use much nicer outboard for eq-ing), so WHY PAY FOR IT??? I asked them if it could be configured differently, by maybe adding more compressor strips, and the answer was:
NO....Pay $90,000 for the board plus another $15,000 to add an X-Rack
My feeling is that SSL tries to dictates what one needs, completely ignoring that the tendency of pro-audio is to becaome more modular, as to achieve better pricing=better profit for mid level studios.
Neve's proposal is interesting and Im really wanting to check it out.
Just one humble opinion in the crowd but hey, I have worked my asssss off for my $100k's and the least thing I want to hear from a company that is about to get it is:
NO, IT CAN"T BE DONE