Originally Posted by SabreChris
Specs are a pretty good indication of the generation of chip used. Based on specs and year of release, it would seem the A2D is on par with a Mytek Stereo96, but the reason I asked is because there is more than specs going on. The A2d might be better on paper but only sound as good as (say) my ufx.
If this was only about specs than I wouldn't need to post. I'm not sure why you feel a need to take a swipe at me. I'm trying to get a feel for how a unit that is approaching ten years old stands up to something like a UFX or Apollo. The plan would be to use it for its conversion as well as its pres.
I'm not taking a swipe at you. I was just responding to the situation where if someone disagrees with you based on how they think a unit sounds, you respond with the spec sheet. Specs are only a small part of the story. You could have a converter using a particular chip, but the analogue stage (NOT the preamp in this case, the analogue stage of the AD) might be poorly designed, hence the end result is poor, even though the specs show the chip has a particular dynamic range.
Hence the reasons arguing why a particular budget converter might be as good as a different not-so-cheap model because it's using the same conversion chip might be misleading. That's all I'm saying. I'd rather have a 15yo Apogee AD8000 than a modern Behringer or Presonus. I don't care what the specs are - they sound better to me!