Mytek Digital 8x192 with Firewire by Prahlad
I did extensive listening tests to find my new converter after using various other well known units. The Mytek 8X192 was the one that instantly blew me away with its incredibly stable stereo image and very neutral yet detailed and solid sound character. As my price point was around the 3000 Euro mark, including the interface, I didn't test other units above this price point.
Describing the sound of the 8X192 is easy, it sounds exactly like what you record into it, period. ITB signals sent out come out solid, tight and neutral from bass to highs. Basically a "straight wire" type converter that should not be confused with cold, boring etc. It sounds amazing but doesn't add or take anything away from your signal. If you want to use a converter to pass signals through outboard and capture only the character of the outboard, this is the unit.
I have also noticed that my mixes dramatically improved in translation after starting to use this unit. I believe now I was possibly compensating for imbalances in the previous interfaces I was using.
One major drawback (at the moment): You will need to setup direct monitoring through an external source (mixer, splitter) as there is unfortunately still no sight of the long promised direct monitoring software.
-Amazing clear neutral and solid, but never boring, "hi end" sound
-Built in summing and "master grade" main output volume control and mute/dim
-FW interface runs stable (Win XP 32 Bit tested)
-Built like a tank
-Not cheap, but best buy under 3000 Euro price range IMO
-Fan is relatively loud when unit runs hot, leave space free above and it wont distract you
-Still no software for setting up (latency free) monitor mixes