Originally Posted by alexevans917
It's pretty similar to the others. Much less popular though. I hear good things about Echo though. For the price, however, I think the Profire beats it. Its as good, if not better, and is cheaper by a decent margin. For the price of the Echo, you'd only be a couple hundred off a used Ensemble, which would be a great option if you have a Mac.
OP really could not go wrong with a used Ensemble if he is Mac based. $900-1k these days. A real bargain.
Now he could also get a TC studio Konnect48 for $500 new these days. Its a pretty damn good interface for the money as well.
As far as the best goes its really a subjective question as different people will tell you different things based on their own preferences. I would not touch a M-Audio Profire with a 10 ft pool but that is me.
Its probably not bad unit considering that BLA considered it good enough to mod. Though you have to think hard before buying something and going down the mod road. Is the unit worth the extra investment for the mod? Will you truly be happy with it? Enough such that you won't want to try and sell it 1-2 years out?
These are questions you should ask before thinking about getting something to mod.
Just covering those bases because they were mentioned. lol
Go out and listed to some of these devices if you can.