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teuron 15th November 2009 02:50 AM

original RME mulitface converters vs...
is it worth buying the original multiface (mk1) for $400?
it is almost 9 years old and i was wondering how is it comparable to todays cards in similar price range?
i cant decide if i should grab it or something else with newer ad da chips

undertone 15th November 2009 03:24 AM

The short answer is that you might get better conversion for 2 channels at that price but not for 8. It's a great investment at $400. If you want better, you'd have to go for the Multiface II or the Firefaces, with the corresponding price difference.

However, I bought a used RME ADI-Pro (max 48 kHz SR) in the last year which was really expensive 8 years ago and has better specs. I didn't expect there to be a great difference but when I A/Bed it against my Multiface I, I was honestly surprised to find a distinctly audible difference in favor of the ADI. There is clearly more clarity, detail and "air" in the ADI.

I imagine the difference between my ADI and say a high-end Lavry or Prism to be equally a step up. Hope to get there... :)

teuron 1st December 2009 01:04 AM

the problem is that the multiface comes with a pci card and since im using a laptop i would need to buy the expresscard which sells for $600+tax (approx 700 total) here in canada

so at this point im wondering if its worth to spend $1100 on a original multiface (i cannot find a used rme expresscard at a decent price in the last month)