Originally Posted by MrSpeakon
....I have 5k to drop on converters and preamps, where would you guys go with this. Optimally I would like to have 8 channels......Thanks!
For me the price/performance curves crossed at Mytek for converters. I checked out both the Lynx and the RME PCIe AES cards and though it was more money, it seemed smarter to me (after talking to owners of both and one fellow who had both in the same machine...) to pay a little extra for the RME. Those two would set you back close to $5k, and you would be able to expand to 16 channels later if you needed to. Oh, and this RME comes with 2 MIDI ports.
However, Mytek offers an AES daughter card. Put that in the Mytek 8 channel converter and then there are other nice RME choices, like the AIO card, the RayDAT card, the Babyface, and the various U designations, the 9652, 9636, the Multiface, Digiface, and probably some others. Check out their website.