Thanks a lot for your replies guys.
I actually went with M-Audio Tampa because of its' Optical-servo plate compressor that is very highly spoken of on multiple sites. Quotes say it's extremely transparent.
Pre in the unit is plus to me, but I'm after the compressor side of it.
Going to be running SSL Alpha Channel
into Tampa for that transparent optical
I almost jumped a gun on DBX160x, but luckily found Tampa right after