I am getting the RNP to use with the Mbox1 because I want a nicer preamp. Then (of course) I heard that the a/d converters in the Mbox aren't so great either. So then I heard about this spdif thing. A few questions:
Does using spdif completely bypass the Mbox a/d, effectively rendering the Mbox merely a Protools iLok of sorts?
Are there any other poor qualities of the Mbox I should bypass?
What would be a better a/d converter that I can use between the RNP and Mbox that would be compatible with both?
Will the TLM103->RNP->(a/d converter)->spdif Mox->PT LE be a good chain? Any other adapters/converters/mini magic elves that I'll need in there?
I have an SSL Xlogic Alpha Channel and it has a SPDIF output and can act as a masterclock. It is a pretty nice channel strip...it can be as clean or dirty as you like...I bought mine for pretty cheap (about a grand) and, while I don't use the SPDIF, I have read some user reviews from those who do and they are positive.
So, I'm getting the impression that most converters come in channel strips. This makes my RNP seemingly useless, which kind of annoys me because people rave about it.
So, should I give up the really nice preamp, and go for some other channel strip preamp that may not be quite so hot but has better a/d converters than the Mbox1, and so will still sound better than the RNP going into the Mbox1?
I really wish there was simple and high quality a/d converter unit with no frills for like $200-$300....maybe FMR should make the RNA/D....