Originally Posted by Strange Leaf
Thank you. Maybe now people will start using their ears instead of reposting what they think something must sound like based on the price alone.
Well, my comment is about having used Yamaha's preamps they claim they are...crap...AND the preference for transformer less is different than quality. I was in a very similar situation--I have the great river me1nv and la610 and used my built in Akai preamps (fwiw, far better than any interface I've used)...because the topology was right for the desired mic/sound. In comes Millenia, and I have the quality of the GR/UA level pres, but clean transformer less topology.
I'm actually not one of those "preamp guys"...they make a difference...but, the difference in an inexpensive external dedicated unit and a high dollar one is not night and day. And nothing compared to the mic. I'd rather sing into an m269 and my lousy Echo preamps than a (insert random Chinese LDC) into a Millenia or Great River.
If Yamaha has upped their game, cool. But, there have been plenty of tests showing the preamps in that unit significantly changing the sound from the insert returns. Of course, so would an API...or any preamp circuit. I'm seriously just tired of manufacturers who might have a great unit, putting 10cent preamps on it. I'm a Cubae guy...I'd have 2 or 3 mr816s if they have NO preamps. But, that, I guess really doesn't matter how good they might be...