Originally Posted by voicegenius
So I'm about to get rid of this piece of shit Mbox 1 that I have... If you were me, would you get:
Used Digi 002 = $400 (skeptical)
New Mbox 2 Pro = $500
My gut is telling me to get the 002, but new is better... The 002 looks like it's never been used, but the guy doesn't know anything about it and said he just wanted to get rid of it... (Pawn shop) Should I get it? Anybody ever do a side by side comparison? One better than the other? A/D converters comparison?
Roc's advice is solid...but I must add..if you do some research and comb through Digidesign's fine print you will find that none of the Mbox series allow you to record @ 96K via SPDIF. You must cop an 002 or 003 to benefit from external conversion (Apogee Rosetta, etc.) @ 96K. Now, this may not matter to some, but I find this intentional limitation of the Mbox series disturbing. You can go the M-Audio route however and get a more affordable interface without this limitation.
Also, if you do by a used 002R...you may be in for a bit of a hassle dealing with Digidesign 'customer support' in terms of getting the software appropriately registered. Anyway, keep the 96K limitation in mind if you already have or planned to purchase external A/D conversion or clocking. My 2 cents
EDIT: In an effort to verify my claim I checked again for myself..... Digidesign | Products | Pro Tools | Pro Tools LE | Mbox 2 Family | Mbox 2 Pro | Mbox 2 Pro
Click the link and then click 'SPECIFICATIONS'...Under 'SUPPORTED SAMPLE RATES' there is a '**' with the corresponding '**' at the bottom stating
'** External clock supports up to 48 kHz sample rates'
Now there is the slight possibility you can RECORD via SPDIF @ 96K but you can not clock to an external digital source @ 96K..still pretty weak if you ask me.