Originally Posted by blacklion
I love my echo's stability but the headphone routing and lack of master gain/monitor gain knob can be a little frustrating. Soundwise, it's pretty good and has a rounded sound, though I wish there was a little more clarity at times.
I would characterize my Audiofire8 as leaning subtly towards bright and airy in character (I'm speaking in incredibly subtle terms here). I do believe there was a revision of the unit at some point... mine is the later one with the ADAT connectors. Certainly no cloudiness or lack of clarity to the sound, it just records what goes in accurately.
I'm only talking about the conversion BTW. I use outboard preamps for the most part, but I do use the onboard preamps if I need the channels. The Audiofire8 preamps are rather bright, even slightly brittle on some sources. They are OK for what they are.