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Emu vs 192 I/O Audio Interfaces
Old 20th August 2007
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Emu vs 192 I/O

What exactly is the difference? They use the same converter...
Old 20th August 2007
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and im talking the 1616m, emus newest and best
Old 21st August 2007
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One is for Pro Tools, the other is for cool edit pro.
Old 21st August 2007
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They use the same converter chips but the signal pathways are different which makes a difference in sound.

Old 21st August 2007
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They use the same converter chip but just about everything...power supply, clock, analog front end (and back end on the D/A converters), different, and those things together have more of an impact on the sound than the chip itself does.
Old 21st August 2007
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The converter chip has as much as anything else to do with the sound and it's quality. The E-MU 1616 and 1616M are the exact same except for the converter chips, and I sure I noticed a difference between the two. The HD 192 uses the same converter chips and is more expensive, but that sure doesn't mean it is better or sounds better. Kudos to E-MU who figured out a way to offer excellent high quality conversion at a low price. Many people and pro's just can't deal with that fact or refuse to give them the credit they deserve.
Old 21st August 2007
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I didn't say that the chip didn't have anything to do with a conveter's sound quality...I said that together, those other things have more of an effect than the chip alone. Have you compared the 192 to the 1616M? The difference is not subtle. Same goes for MOTU's HD192 and other interfaces that use the same chips...they all sound different because there are so many other factors involved.

Not to say that the E-Mu converters don't sound great for the money...they do...but I have a problem with the way E-Mu markets them as "the same A/D converters" as the Digidesign interface when that's not all there is to it.
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