Originally Posted by 8ok
You could add a cloudlifter or another type of pre-preamp used for low level ribbons or dynamics (sm7). They vary in price from $250+ to $800 and I have read they add around 20db of gain. This would help you avoid the noise at max gain on the 2882 that is brought up here regarding its preamps.
The converters are the same on the uln2/2882 as noted here: Metric Halo FireWire Interface Comparison Chart
I'm in the same boat as you - Trying to decide between a ULN2 and 2882. Essentially it's I/O vs nice preamps..... I'm starting to feel like I can buy more preamps.... I've seen to many 500 series pres around the $600 mark lately to resist for long
Yeah, eventually you're going to want different pre's anyway, for their own sake, not because the one's on the MH are bad, but because this is GS! You'll also find a need and a use at some point for all that A/D/A input and output. Actually the best solution is to buy both ULN2 and 2882, which I eventually did, but for starters, depending on your working style, the 2882 is a lot of bang for the buck. My 2c.