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If a person were to use the 828 strictly for format conversion from firewire to SPDIF - would the audio quality be adversely affected in any way?

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No adverse effects. As long as the 828 isn't glitching that is.
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What do you mean by glitching? Do you mean as long as the 828 is working correctly? Or something to do with jitter?

Also, I just want to use the 828 to get stereo material out of the computer via firewire and into a Cranesong Hedd. But I read that firewire may be inferior to a pci interface. Is this true? And/or may it be inferior only if trying to move many channels of audio through it at once?

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I had a defective 828. It would click on occasion. Got it replaced, and it was fine after that. Click = digital glitch. They show up as tall full sample lines on a waveform. Can't miss them with your eyes OR your ears. So, give it a listen. If it sounds fine, it is as fine as it ever will be.

I'd used the spdif ins and outs for years back in the system 9 (mac) days, mostly going in and out of a dat player digitally. This was the orginal 828, btw. Once i got the initial problem worked out, I never had any problems related to the 828's digital i/o.

I've heard the firewire to pci argument before too. If it works, it works. You won't get 48 tracks out of a single firewire400 interface though.
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Can anybody shead some light on a comparison of the RME multiface and the Motu 828mkII?

I need to make a purchase tomorrow.!

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sonically... they pretty damn close, the rme may just edge it.

compatibility with OS= Mac..MOTU, XP...RME

these are not hard and fast but a general rule of thumb.

the thing swung it for me was the MOTU had a volume knob on the front.
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It's my understanding that the new HDSP cards have the mixer engine embedded in the hardware so they're supposed to boast extremely low latency times.

I was shopping for an ADAT interface a few weeks back and was considering either a MOTU 2408 or the RME HDSP-9652.

The Multiface has the same implementation as the other RME PCI card, so technically it should be a hair faster than the MOTU and possibly a little more stable on the PC.

Unfortunately, I can't speak of real-world performance. Things here have changed so I'm not in the market for one of these at the moment. I wouldn't even bother chiming in except I've seen this come up a few times this week and no one has mentioned the hardware mix engine thing...

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